A look inside my creative thoughts

With a long reaching art background I have experimented with nearly every technique under the sun which has led me to my recent creations. As long as I can remember I have been making art but in recent years my creating has become heavily computer oriented. In addition to designing fabrics during the day, I am a freelance designer on the side so I am constantly at a computer and sometimes just need to step away.

With a desire to get back to the physical drawing board and make use of my amazing pens, pencils, markers, and other art supplies I have begun collaging a lot lately. The collages contain an abundance of elements including fabric scans, newsprint, magazine clippings, wrapping paper scraps, pen and ink drawings, and paintings, to name a few. I have quite the obsession with texture and layering so bring on everything that creates more depth and interest! 

Once I have reached a stopping point with the hand done part of my creations I digitize them for further manipulation. The added computer portion really elevates the mixed media pieces to another level. With the use of the computer, I can dig into my endless library of scanned imagery to enhance the artwork. I scan everything I find interesting from the wood grain of tree bark to dye covered towels and magnified fabric structures. 

The featured imagery was created using the same base collage as a springboard. Some have been merged with other complete collages and some are combined with scans of my fluid art pieces. I hope you enjoy all of the color and texture!

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Hand created mixed media collage using newsprint, micron pen, sharpie, magazine clippings, and tissue paper scraps. This is the first step to my mixed media creations

Let’s take a look at some of today’s creations!

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Who loves texture and color?!

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As I sit here listening to my Buffalo Springfield vinyl, I began to think about the recent mixed media pieces that I have been working on. My artistic journey has taken me on a windy path where I have experimented with almost every technique from drawing and painting to hand dying fabrics for fiber art and developing sandwiched negative prints in the darkroom. My design degree, and the years working thereafter afforded me a wealth of knowledge when it came to digital art and manipulation. Furthermore, I retouched photography for four years which gave me ample time to hone my skills. These skills have led me to create some really interesting creations. 

After receiving my master of textiles, I began working as a knit fabric designer for the bedding industry which is what I do to date. Having pursued technical textile design as my career path, for now, I have been exploring a new mixed media realm that I am pumped about! I work closely with fabric structures and technical knit design daily so naturally, it will show up in my creative work. 

Another obsession of mine is texture; I am not a fan of flat color. Recently I have become enamored with the interest created when magnifying a fabric structure. I scan everything under the sun including different fabrics and have really begun to incorporate them into my artwork. My process begins with building a handmade collage and scanning it, once complete, for further digital manipulation and layering.

I hope you enjoy what you see! Please feel free to let me know what you think. I love feedback!

Now, on to the good stuff!!  

 

Both of these prints began with the same handmade mixed media collage featuring pen and ink, magazine clippings, newsprint, and metallic ink. Once digitized, I merged them artwork with varying colors, fabric structures, and other visual elements to achieve two different looks.

 

These prints were created using different base collages in addition to opposing color palettes. This is a good example of where I combine my handmade collage with magnified fabric structures. Notice the depth and tactility created on a flat plane by implementing fabric texture.

There is always more where that came from but for now, I am going to be on my way.

Talk to you soon!

Happy Creating!

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