Saturday, April 25, 2009

New work - Postcard Series

Postcard Collage #1 Venice (2009) paper, acrylic on board 4 x 6 in.

My postcard collages are moving along well. Several weeks ago I re-organized all my travel photos and as I sorted and filed images it was like a flying trip through different places. The experience left me with a bombardment of visual snippets of colours and textures. It was a synthesis that had nothing to do with the emotion or memory of the place. I found that very interesting because so much of my work revolves around the passage of time and memory. This was a much simpler visual response that I decided to act on.

This experience occurred at the same time I wrote about For Carrie 1907 and the follow up post about evolving ideas in art. This collision of ideas resulted in the postcard collage series. I am continuing to refine my original thoughts about how this series will be organized. Right now I'm creating groupings of 3 (e.g., Venice #1, #2, #3) and will display them in this way. They are on 1/4 inch birch plywood and will be backed with another piece of word on the back that is 2 x 3 inches and 1/2 inch thick which will hold the hook. I wanted them to stand out from the wall for viewing purposes and I also needed some consistent way to hang them evenly as they will be displayed in grids. I plan to create a jig (living with a carpenter) to ensure they are all backed and hooked exactly the same.

I'm also creating a series of postcard collages from the gardens at Birr Castle, just ot keep my mind on that project as I take this little detour from my usual work. I want to stop thinking about what I'm creating and just create. I feel the sheer joy I watched on childrens' faces for years - I'm having fun!


Miki Willa said...

Wow! This is wonderful. I love the colors and textures. Where do you find the papers and other bits you use for you collages? I have just begun creating collages, and I find it very difficult to create what I want with the limited supplies I have. I have begun gathering materials to make some paper when the weather allows, but until then, I seem to be stuck.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

The joy of creating. What it is all about. I love collage for that quality.

Margaret Ryall said...

I order papers online or pick them up in my travels. There are many online sites from the US. One is Phoenix and another is This is my favourite one because she has lots of stock and gives great service.

Miki Willa said...

Thank you, Margaret. I will definitely look at those sites.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I like your updated photo Margaret. Lovely smile.

Margaret Ryall said...

Thank you Leslie. I have lots to smile about in my life. I call this one my glamour shot. Needless to say I do not look like this in the studio or first thing in the morning or most days! I guess the smile is the only constant.

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