Monday, November 8, 2010
Roberta, Maria, Wendy and many others showed their work at the Bay Area Book Jam this year, without me alongside. But, Sally and Bonnie and I rode down for the day, and we also saw lots of other friends there. As expected the books were awesome, and unique. It was wonderful to be there as a looky loo. we also went to the rubber stamp show in San Jose the same day. wow! My favorite vendors were there, so I came home with a little bag of goodies. Bonnie and I had never been to Dizos, a Japanese dollar and a half store. Problem is that most labels are written in Japanese, so it's hard to know exactly what you are getting. but we each managed to find some interesting things. Hmmm.... now to find time to use them. The awesome books shown here were made by Wendy Jordan, who is a constant source of inspiration.
My son Matt celebrated his 40th birthday, and it occured to me that I had not made him a gift for a long time. I spotted this little board book shaped like a truck at Target a few weeks ago. Matt is a trucker. AHA! A little book of Matt, for Matt. Here's a pic.
I've been planning on doing a piece about smoking for a long time. then someone gave me some brass bullet casings, and I had an aha moment. someone else mailed me some cigarette stubs, and I combined them into the little crave/coffin I had constructed quite a while ago. Here it is now.
A friend in Sacramento made two little crypts, one she sent to me to embellish for Jackie, and the other one went to Jackie to fix up for me. Pat used some really iteresting sandy textured coating o the backs, and she constructed these herself. Here's a pic of the one I finished off for Jackie.
I've been using my precious art time to make post cards which I'm mailing to old and new friends, as RAKs. (random acts of kindness). Some of the recipients responded by sending cards they made so my collection is growing. It's great fun to work on this size (4 x 6 inches) as it gives ample room for collage and yet can me mailed at a low postage rate. Here are some of the ones I've sent out recently.