Thursday, March 8, 2018

Inspiration Thursday

I am inspired by Japanese artist Makoto Kagoshima.

Last summer, I went to an exhibit of his work at Chariots on Fire- a gallery located in Venice, California. I missed the opening on a Thursday evening and arrived early Saturday morning ready to see Kagoshima's beautiful ceramics (and possibly make a purchase). Sadly, I was told that there was a line around the block Thursday morning and everything had been snapped up within an hour. I was soooo disappointed! So I follow him on instagram and dream. (All of the following images are from instagram)

Chariots on Fire has published a beautiful book of Kagoshima's work - 137 pages of photos. You can order your own copy here.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Inspiration Thursday

Since my blog is called "Art & Inspiration", I thought I would start Inspiration Thursday to share some of the things that inspire me. This week is vintage mail. I love old letters and postcards with interesting postage and beautiful handwriting. Most of them I can't even read but but so nice to look at!

I've purchase my old mail on Etsy, Ebay, at the flea market and vintage shops. Affordable, they don't take up much room and each one is unique. 

Postcard from Vienna, Austria dated 1912
Postcard from Hungary dated 1889
Letter postmarked in Cyrillic (Russia or Bulgaria?) dated 1880
Postcard from Czechoslovakia to Finland dated 1921
French or Italian letter dated 1822
Postcard from Hungary dated 1888
Postcard from Japan to Italy dated 1903 sadly missing the stamp
French letter dated 1867
French letter dated 1836

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Big & Little

In college (a long time ago!) I took a semester of silkscreen printing. I needed a refresher course so I signed up for a weekend screen print class through Otis College of Art. Since the class was only a workshop, we used stencils to print from (instead of photo emulsion which gets really fine detail). I spent all week coming up with ideas and cutting my stencils.

The part that is cut out is the part that gets the ink. With linoleum blocks, the part that is left after carving is the part that prints whereas with silkscreen, it's the opposite so I had to change my way of thinking. I designed an image using 2 colors. We used contact paper for the stencil and here is what my first stencil looked like (the white part is the stencil and the green in the center will be a color).
The stripes in the half circle and the round dots in the middle were added separately on the screen.

Stencil cut with white contact paper
After sticking the stencil on the screen and taping all around, I was ready to print. My first color was orange.

ink on the screen
Next comes pulling the print. (Since I was printing and couldn't photograph it, I took a picture of classmates using a squeegee to pull the ink through the screen)

pulling a print
How does it look? I took a peek as I peeled the paper from the screen. The blue taped helped me register the paper.

the first print
Here is another look. Can you guess what it will be?

After cleaning the screen and taping the second stencil to the screen, I was ready for my second color. Since I was rushing to get done by the end of class, I neglected to take any pictures but here is the finished product. I was able to print 15 images on paper and do one tote bag.

Big & Little Owl Buddies

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Flea Market Sunday

I haven't been to the flea market in a while but today went to the Long Beach Antique Market in Long Beach, California ( As usual, I saw lots of wonderful things (and even purchased a few).

Japanese Kokeshi dolls
A Cat in a Hat
Robot love
Wire chairs
Olive Oil
Chinese bobble heads
A Halloween figure - evil or just grumpy?
Sambo dart game with great graphics.
African fabric in shades of blue
Old dolls and heads (always slightly creepy)
A dapper Easter duck
A valentine basket with red glitter Christmas trees?
What looked like fabric turned out to be beads. Great to look at, hard to sit on.
A stack of vintage suitcases
Colorful Bakelite

Sunday, January 14, 2018


I collect lots of stuff. Mid-century birds, vintage tins, and crocheted rocks to name a few. Sometimes the clutter drives me crazy. But I can't imagine empty walls and shelves. Each item is special for a different reason and anytime I need a little inspiration, I just have to turn my head and there is something to discover. I also collect things to display my collections - a peeling spice rack, old wood drawers turned sideways and hung on the wall, and vintage cutlery boxes are some of my favorites.

Hornsea birds and salt shaker (holding an old key) and a bakelite bird napkin ring
lots of birds
Scandinavian bird dish and vintage letterpress type
everyone needs a chippy blue vintage truck
vintage tins and Japanese cat
funny wood egg cups, Japanese kokeshi and vintage French match boxes
pottery and wood
lace and crochet decorated rocks

Sunday, December 31, 2017

52 Weeks of Collage Part 2 Week 52

Wow- my last collage of the year! 
Sparkly stars, handmade papers and a fortune for the coming year. 
Good-bye 2017, hello 2018!
collage week 52

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017 (and 1953!)

Some favorite vintage Christmas illustrations from the book
Favorite Christmas Songs and Stories The Big Treasure Book of Christmas
Illustrated by Dellwyn Cunningham
Published 1953 by Wonder Books, NY. (a division of Grossest & Dunlap, Inc.)

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