Country Weekend ~
Hello Jen:These collages are so quirky and such fun. Have spent many long years in classrooms, the taxidermist teacher has a particular appeal.The quotations are really intriguing, one cannot help but ponder on where they came from, and the collages are mounted so beautifully with a real eye for colour and composition. Perfect!
Dear Jane and Lance--The quotes are from antiques spellers and readers (that were falling apart). The taxidermy ad was from an antique bird journal. Thank you for your kind words--they are great fun to make!
That's the way I think of them--visual poems.
I'm so predictable. I went back to study the cat collage. It's charming and wonderful!
Thank you! I'm going to make a donkey one to tease Shelley.
That's wonderful. I can imagine how you enjoy it. And it is useful ...!!
I get completely lost in them. Of the many creative things I've done, this is the most purely enjoyable.
But should all taxidermists also be teachers?To me that's always been the real question.xo jane
Always? You are such a deep thinker! The line in the ad that taxidermy is a "fascinating and profitable art" has me thinking that all artists should be taxidermists.
Beautiful collages Jen, I can't decide which one I like best. OK, all.
You're so sweet!
Hello, I just found and joined your blog via the perceptive comment you left on Hattatt about their adventures in the factory. Your nature photos are incredible, and I am looking forward to future installments. I like the humor backed by serious purpose in these collages. At first I thought the ad was from the Norman Bates School of Taxidermy, but after looking closer, I will know what to suspect when someone says "I went to Northwestern".--Road to Parnassus
Welcome--thank you for stopping by, and for you amusing comment. We like to have fun around here.
i don't read blogs on weekends so i'm glad i thought to click on your link. so lovely to see your work. and of course i'm thrilled at working on old hardback covers.
These are so much fun! I love the mix of texture, color, words, etc. I like the ragged edges where the covers were removed from the books and the extra bits of seeds and string. I have been making collage bookmarks out of vintage images and words.
Love these, I've beeen covering notebooks for my christmas stock at my craft fairs. Julie xxx
i love these collages of yours. and i love seeing the progression. i have an idea.....i think an office, or a guest room, or a powder room should be papered in them. floor to ceiling. they are compact and dense with content and i would love to sit and stare at a wall of them.