Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Tiny Grain of Dust still in progress....

Hi Everyone...just a bit late with this post and still, I'm giving you the piece in an unfinished least the text is there.  This little work came about through an attempt at following, what turned out to be, kind of complicated instructions (at least for a person so heavily 2-D oriented as I am!) for making an origami folded house from 21 pieces of  2 1/2" x 4" cut text pages.  Everything was going along fine...I got all the little pages cut, I folded the first bunch according to directions, but when it came to putting it together and inserting this flap into that flap, while holding it just so, in a feeble attempt to keep the whole thing from falling apart....well, I stuck it out as long as I could.  I pretty much had something resembling a house, but it kept falling apart and I think I had extra pieces left, which probably explains why it was falling apart.  I realized that my idea of building this little house as the basis for a found text piece was just not going to work, so then I started putting together some of the folded pages in a way that gave me a 2-d house structure and that works just it's a tiny little altarpiece. I've painted out the original words and added my new found text, which I believe you can read easily enough.  More will added...stamping, perhaps some sewing, who knows?!?!?

Here's the other thing I've come to's now time to merge my two blogs.  This blog was started nearly a year and half ago as a daily posting of found text poems, but as some of the early followers will understand, it's been evolving and morphing since its one year anniversary back in January.  My other blog, MissouriBendStudio, is involved more with my creative practice, inspirations and new work.  Since the found text pieces have ceased to be cut words and phrases laid out on the desk and photographed and each is now an integral part of my creative practice and its own work of art, I think there is no longer a need to keep these two bodies of work separate.  Before they were two important, but different, threads in my work, but now it's all one. So, if there are no huge outcries, this will be the last post on this blog and I'll ask those of you who don't already follow it, to head over to MissouriBendStudio to become a follower, so you can continue to see the found text pieces and any guest posts. The bonus, I hope, is that there will be other posts that give you a fuller picture of what happens with my work.  This little altarpiece will appear there, perhaps tomorrow, in its finished state!

I'm so thankful for the support of all the readers and followers of this blog...MissouriBendPaperWorks opened the door for a new chapter in my life as I transitioned into having an online shop on Etsy and making very meaningful connections across the globe through the blog world.  I hope that, if you're not already, you'll become a follower of my other blog...see you there tomorrow!!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Den Finocchiaro and A Flash of Inspiration

Not too long ago, I stumbled upon a pretty magical place in my search through Etsy...a shop belonging to the writer, Den Finocchiaro, whose poignant text typed directly on vintage photographs drew me in to take a closer look.  While this blog has its roots in found text, I'm really interested in creative use of text and this is a wonderful use of text on found photos.  I asked Den if I could post some of his pieces here to highlight his work and his shop.  Here's just a sample of a few pieces from his shop, A Flash of Inspiration.  I enourage you to visit his shop, as well as his blog and facebook page.  Den has just published a new book, The Z Word,which is available through Amazon here.

Enjoy!  See you on Wednesday for the latest from Missouri Bend Studio!