Wednesday, May 26, 2010

italian collage





I am currently working on
several projects in the studio right now...
including a swap..
videos and instructions
for class...
my new jewelry is coming along...
and the santos for the doll show this summer
"Art of the Doll, Sacred Objects"
in July...





Tall Grass


however the progress is a bit slow
and I am no where near ready to show even a sneaky peek
of those...
but this is something I have been working on
for a long time,
and I call it Italian collage, because I use a pasta machine to
create seamless collage
and I can get several layers of collage applied
and build up great texture...
it really is easier to see the texture in person,
but please double click for close ups...

I am rarely satisfied with the edges that are
created with collage and was looking for a way to get
a more cohesive piece of art...






so these pieces are part of my new "Flight" collection ... going
to the Creative Underground at Timeless Creations here in Fort Collins...
I have been promising Christi some new work for eons now
and I am finally satisfied with the work...







that is thread pressed into the paper above...
it flattens nicely and embeds into the collage and substrate...




Filtered Light



packing material below....




Rising Heat



the next piece is the largest
with packing material, parchment paper, paper ribbon
and paper shred... up to 6 layers...






handmade papers and tissue paper which melts in a
yummy and delicious way...




Quail in a Mist



and now, I just need to mount them and find a few frames!!
before I take them to Christi...
ingredients: acrylic paint, antique images and letters, envelopes, packing materials, paper ribbon, handmade papers, tissue papers, book bindings, paper shred, paste papers, thread,
and parchment paper.





finally...
Dharma and I want to say mille grazie for all your
kind remarks about our video debut...
he got all dressed up just to tell you how
much he appreciates your kindness!
and... of course... the studio is normally in a state of creative chaos,
but we all know what THAT looks like..
so we cleaned it up for visitors!

have a great week!
ciao!






43 comments:

Sharmon Davidson said...

I love these new pieces, Cat. The string looks great as a nest, and the warm, soft color palette is lovely. I have to admit, though, that when I saw the words "Italian collage", that white shredded paper made me think "spaghetti" for a second! LOL- I must be hungry! Good luck with these beautiful pieces; I think they'll sell immediately. Also, I'm in love with your studio dog; he just too cute!

dosfishes said...

Beautiful work as always. Pasta machine as paper felting tool? Dharma looks ever so handsome and your new photo is lovely...xox Corrine

vintage moon studio said...

Cat ~ these pieces are wonderful! A pasta machine? Amazing idea!!! Hope things are well out in your little corner of the world and that you are loving these early days of summer. Sending love ~ Deb

Lisa said...

Cat.. theses pieces are gorgeous.. you are the queen of layers..love the transparency in your pieces and the warm palette.

Studio Sylvia said...

Cat these latest pieces are wonderful, but then this is nothing new. You attain such high standards in all your pieces. I like your choice of colour palette and the harmony of texture and composition draws the eye. These will look fabulous framed. The use of the pasta machine - a fascinating technique.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Wonderful collages and somehow perfectly fitting for you to be using a PASTA machine ;)
oxo

lilylovekin said...

Yes thank you for the tour of your studio and it is nice to meet Dharma-all studios need a resident dog! Love your collages, their detail is amazing.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I am liking the 'coming off of the page' work! -J

Seth said...

What a wonderful series. You have created texture here is such varied and special ways!

Yvonne said...

Lovely, lovely pieces Cat! It's nice to have a series of these.

Marie said...

Your new collages are great texturally and the palette is both soothing and naturally energetic at the same time. I am really liking all the elements you used, especially your increasingly signature stitching syle.

lynne h said...

wow, you go, cat... these are fabulous... xo

Karin Bartimole said...

Like these new pieces a lot cat - great textures and layers, colors and themes. pasta machine, eh? brilliant use of equipment :)
Dharma is looking quite princely, I must way!!
xox K

Kim Palmer said...

A wee bit busy are we, LOL! Love that Dharma dressed up for the shoot! I know what you mean about collage edges, sigh! Now the pasta machine was a fab idea, I can picture you in the studio rolling it all through the machine. Much more appealing use of the machine than actual pasta making ROFL!

Diane said...

Now that's a different idea--using a pasta machine--it makes for beautiful collages!!
Love Dharma :)

Marilyn Rock said...

Beautiful collage! Luscious with texture. Who would have thought? A pasta machine! You're brilliant! Dharma is precious! xxoo

neva gagliano said...

lovely collages, BUT ADORABLE DHARMA!

Poetic Artist said...

I love these pieces. Dharma is so cute.....
Katelen

Creative Carmelina said...

Well, look at Dharma taking the initiative like that! she's darling!

and way to use a common italian household item for making art! lol
i smiled, in fact i'm still smiling....i'll have to take over my mom's machine...and she'll be wondering what sort of lasagna i'm making...lol

love this post...
and thanks for coming by!

ciao bella
creative carmelina was here!

Outside The Lines said...

The collages have such a serene and lovely quality. The stitching adds such an interesting element and the colors are so rich and inviting. A great series! And, Dharma is just adorable and that expression on his face is so cute....what a personality he has!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It sounds like you are very busy, and productive, too. I don't see how you do it all.

I am often not happy with collages, and look for ways to meld several layers of papers of different thicknesses. I am totally impressed with your ingenious Italian collage treatment. These new art pieces are super and you are SO inventive. I'm sure they will sell quickly, too.

Kimmie said...

I am sooooo intrigued! It's almost like you're treating collage the way someone would press flowers .... I can't wait to see more and hear more about the process!

artymess said...

Caterina these are glorious.......so rich ....and Dharma so handsome ...x

T's Daily Treasures said...

Gorgeous! Only a true artist could create these pieces and make it look so fabulous. Loved your studio tour! So many wonderful things going on in there. But most of all, I love Dharma. What a true little sweetie! Thanks for stopping by today. It's nice to have a voice to put with the face. Best wishes for a beautiful day. :) Tammy

Lorraine said...

looking good like all the layers and thanks for all your great comments on my blog

layers said...

hmmm. a pasta machine-- am trying to visualize how you use a pasta machine in your process- I bought one some years ago and now I can't even remember why, but I never have even taken it out of its box.
but I do love all your collages here---

Ange said...

Oh gosh - now I'm regretting selling the pasta machine I never used. Although - it went to a girl who made cool jewelery out of fimo ;-) And I LOVED your studio tour. Lovely to hear your voice and put a voice to the face. Just fabulous! And beautiful pieces Caterina as always

Manon Doyle said...

Wow!! I really dig all your pieces!! So much to look at and admire!!
Dharma is so gorgeous!! Love that pic!!

Riki Schumacher said...

Your "shop dog" is adorable. Good to see him so dressed up! Love your pieces Cat, beautiful. Hugs, Riki

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Thank you so much for your prayers, just such a beautiful feeling in my heart to think of you are praying for me.
I have come over to your blog and spent about half of an hour looking at your beautiful blog. I got carried away in the flowers and sewing.

Deepest thank you ever!

Julie

Lori Saul said...

Exquisite papers and images. Always such beauty in a fresh organic way. Inpirational and uplifting work!

Dayna said...

You are balancing a lot of projects and I can't wait to see them as you reveal them on your blog. Your collages are visually stunning, yet subtle and interesting!

Lovey said...

Caterina...these are beautiful. Your talent is amazing. Please accept my invite to Link up with Me at fabricphotomemories.blogspot.com
Please stop by to see what I mean. Hope to see you there!
Smiles,
Lovey

mansuetude said...

The list of things you are accomplishing made me feel like a slug of slugs. :) Ok i have suntanned feet and legs, but a slug.

lovely collage.
a pasta machine, what an idea!

Hello to your dog, a bit of a scratch behind the ear.

.
thanks for your kind support.

blessings

Linda said...

What a sweetheart Dharma is...so smart and princely! I enjoyed looking at your studio Cat and your latest collages are very you.....very classy.
Hugs
Linda x

jgr said...

Your collages are wonderful! Dharma is so cute, too. I enjoyed your studio tour below. I especially like your 'flat file' .

sharon said...

Brilliant and oh so beautiful!!

Dharma too!!

Jacky said...

Dharma is such a handsome dog...I love his gently eyes. Is he a dachsund? I've never seen his colouring before.
Wonderful, wonderful collage as always and I love the pasta maker idea. I like the edges more melded too. I know a few people use them for embossing too.

Have a lovely week.

Jacky xox

Margaret said...

Facinating post Cat! love the results of your pasta machine, don't make me need to try something else!! Handsome dog you have there! Mx

CAROLYN SAXBY said...

Sigh!

Your work is so gorgeous :o)

alteredbits said...

such gorgeous, gorgeous new collages! i adore them! and i'm quite intrigued by the use of a pasta machine...

Evangeline said...

These collages are insanely beautiful! I am in love with the way you are using thread, and how you are layering! They are so richly textured, yet have a simplicity that is so inviting. Wonderful!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

I am so happy to be back home and finally browsing! It was a loooong time away and it's been even longer since I've created anything at all. Thankyou for your well wishes! I absolutely adore your collages! The technique with the pasta machine isbrilliant and I love how they mesh together the layers making them one. What a clever idea! The imagery in all it's glorious colours and birdy-ness won me over instantly ofcourse!

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