"IMAGES THAT STARTLE & DELIGHT"
I came to consider myself an artist later than most. Several years ago after retiring from teaching I decided to take some art classes. I found myself spending more and more time “making art.” I especially enjoyed drawing and printmaking. Something about works on paper drew me to them. BUT THEN…. I took 3-D Design with the wonderful Barbara Chadwick at Gaston Community College. I felt like my head was going to explode with ideas. My excitement increased with each assignment. The most intriguing was something Barbara called book autopsies. We took an old book and altered it to create a sculpture. I found an old biology text book and made a wing “grow” out of it.
I have continued my interest in those book autopsies. These types of works have many names: book art, artist books, altered books, book sculptures. I searched for artists who used books to create. Brian Dettmer, Doug Beube, Daniel Essig, Guy Laramee and Su Blackwell became my heroes.
During this time I also discovered Penland School of Craft. Penland provided a community of artists of all ages and at all points along their artistic journey. I took classes in paper making and handmade books. I even got to take a class on the altered book with Doug Beube!
I have found my home. I have found my passion. I LOVE paper. The last year I have found myself doing more collage work. I like the feel of scissors in my hand. I like fashion magazines, old women’s magazines, old black and white coffee table type books... heck, I just like old books. I like to juxtapose images that startle and delight when placed together.
I am working on my technological ignorance and thank Luxurious Web Design for setting up this website. I am also working toward selling pieces online. Perhaps soon I can accomplish that goal. In the meantime I hope those works bring a smile to your face.