Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fiber arts and vintage stamps

I made a small series of fiber art necklaces, featuring European vintage stamps. I've  always loved collecting stamps, and I do have a great collection from many countries. I'm afraid that in the future, the usage of stamps will disappear slowly from everyday life. I'm not a big fan of self-sticking ones, too.
These little miniature pieces of art deserve more attention than they do get. Many things can be learned about countries just by looking at their stamps. 
Although postal services existed even a century or two BC,  postage stamps were first introduced in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 1, 1840. The first official US stamps came out in 1847. 

It's fun using them in mixed media and giving them a new life. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Still as the night

Just finished a custom ordered choker for my artist friend Miriam. Last year I made her a similar cuff.

As I was getting ready to take pictures of the choker, I opened some antique music sheets and what caught my eye was the title "Still as the night"... how appropriate, I thought. Curious to find some reference to the song, I researched a little bit about it and found out that it was written by Carl Bohm. He is regarded as one of the leading German songwriters of the 19th century.

Here is a very nice version of the original song in German:

"As quiet as the night and deep as the sea, your love should be!
If you love me the same as I love you, I want to be yours.
As hot as steel and as firm as a rock, your love should be !

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Sale

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ACEO Giveaway!

This giveaway is open to US and Internationally and the winner will be choosen by random number generator on November 22nd.

This is an original mixed media ACEO.
Size: 3,5 x 2,5 inch.

"R" is a part of series of ACEO's with monogram themes, created in June 2009.
Signed in the lower right corner.

Prismacolor Marker drawing on a fine-textured transparent Canson tracing paper mounted over recycled phone book page on Strathmore acid free 300 Bristol paper 100 lb, painted with acrylic. Embellished with Croatian postal stamp and markers.

Stamp is commemorating 900 years of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zagreb, founded in 1093.

Signed and dated by me on the back.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Black forest

I love being in forests. Through the years that I lived in Croatia I went hiking, mushroom searching, chestnut picking  or just picnicking with friends many times. Croatia is a small country but the diversity  of the different types of forests there is amazing.
From the mountains covered with beech and fir trees, to the rocky slopes at the Adriatic Sea covered with pines and evergreen oaks, to the ancient eastern plains with their giant oaks.  
One of my favorite places is Plitvice National Park. The beauty of that place is astonishing. Sixteen lakes are inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and it's set in a deep woodland  covering a total area of more than 200 square miles. 

Another beautiful forest that always comes back to my mind is Schwatzwald or The Black Forest. I remember visiting it for the first time when I was a teenager. The forest was so enchanting with pines and firs growing so dense that even in the daytime some areas are very dark. Mornings are beautiful with fog like a blanket spread out low over the ferns. There are also some interesting castles, palaces and ruins in the Black Forest with some rich mythological traditions. Through the years I visited it a few times, since my aunt lives in the city of Pforzheim at the gate to the forest. 

The Black Forest was my inspiration for a few black free form peyote stitch necklaces I designed.


A few years ago I visited my friend in Portland Oregon. She took me to the Mt. Hood National Forest, and it reminded me of the Black Forest.  It was mid October, and many people were hiking on the trails. One of the memories of our hiking was coming upon this tall, narrow waterfall, and right there at the bottom was a nature photographer standing on the rocks in an icy cold water  with his bare feet,  jeans all rolled up, taking his perfect shots. I shivered looking at him, bundled in my jacket, but he didn't flinch; deeply concentrated, passionate  and immersed in the beauty that surrounded him.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Floral fantasy II

Acrylic painted paper collage over burlap on wood panel 2 3/4" deep

The inspiration for this painting was found in crewel embroideries. That ancient free form style of embroidery is my favorite.  Shapes are so free and fairy taleish, and perfect for exploring.
The hardest part was  cutting the shapes out of the paper, and then gluing them to the already painted burlap background. Painting it was really fun. I'm planing to continue the series.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010