Categotry Archives: ephemera

What is a Cubist Collage?

  For real information about a Cubist Collage, click here for a more relevant post. An attorney in Brooklyn, NY recently sent a link to a very interesting discussion concerning collages. Since laywers have to go to collage for a long time, I figured he knew what he was talking about. I went to collage in North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, and even Holland (that’s The Netherlands for your purists). Collages… my favorite way to learn: “Collage has thus been […]

How to Create a Cubist Collage, Part 1.

  While researching Cubist collage techniques, the history of Matisse and his Cubist contributions, this nice bit of “how to” came up on Google. Many thanks to Ken Schwab for posting a lesson plan geared toward high school-age art students on IncredibleArt.org. The Assemblagist gives you these “Tips”: 1. Magazines to cull for photos, text, color in collage construction can usually be found on the FREE table at your local library. 2. Take old old magazines from your doctor’s waiting […]

An Artistic Legerdemain

Work continues on the Ann Head but progress is slow. This sore throat/fever/aches and pain – stuffy and I can’t rest syndrome is for the birds. My sedentary days make the dogs nutzo bazooms because I won’t take them for a walk until the sun goes down and the air is cooler. My little household fills quickly with internal squalor as my health declines. Rob [my muse] remained home last night as The Assemblagist ventured out into the public domain […]

For my Fluxlist Friends on Facebook — Free Magazines

I am going to post information here about how to send me the postal $$ for boxes of magazines. I know my fellow artists would love these for assemblages and collages and I have more than I can use in a lifetime. Many of the magazines were purchased for about $3 a piece because I wanted the articles. Now I know most of these are scanned and available online so … my information glut is your gain. Probably a PayPal […]

Let me put you in a big pay business!

  We visited some relatives when I was a little kid and I remembered the small bronze baby shoes perched on slaps of marble displayed somewhere in the house. When I asked my Mom why Daddy didn’t have a set of “metal coated baby shoes”, she laughed and said we all wore out our baby shoes beyond recognition.

Using Adolescent Novels to Disseminate Agricultural Information

Some of the oddest items in my collection would have to be my boy-hero novels from the early 190s to the 1930’s. No decent segue here — bear with me…. I grew up in the days of long car trips spent playing either car tag bingo or listening to my parents talk about the past. Oh, and saying, “Mom, John looked at me.” One of my parent’s favorite conversational games involved Tom Swifties. If you know about Swifties, smile. If […]

Plastic Sleeves for Matchbooks

I stumbled into an amazing cacaphony of matchbooks about three years ago. Michael Cable’s Woodside Antiques, an auction house in Farmville North Carolina, offered box loads of stuff at the end of a large estate sale. Cable is a marvelous auctioneer who inserts bits of trivia with every round of bidding. I hesitate to admit how much of my household detritus and ephemera was purchased through his auctions. Lots of decapitated dolls and schmucky bric-a-brac which somehow became art… Responding […]

Shelter Island vs Rodeo

Well, the rodeo won out, with Shelter Island viewing coming in on Monday instead of today. We’re going to the Bob Martin Agri Center and I’m hoping the sights and scenes will provide much artistic fodder. Artists and writers must get out of the studio and observe, duh… of course you know that, but for me the real treat is in observing and photographing those who dwell outside my comfort zone. Horses were a part of my life for many […]

Thoughts occurring during the quiet before Christmas.

None of us will really go gracefully into that dark night. You should know we will kick and scream and try to stop death. You should know it’s not always visible — the struggle and yearning to stay right here in this very moment. It’s hidden sometimes, just behind the eyes, the fight to remain in this stage and not to transition to the next. You should know how to tell someone it’s alright to leave. How to say you’ll […]

Don’t close this browser window until upload is complete.

Are we ever really finished uploading the celestial orb? Wih the MacAir, the “don’t close” message is seemingly non-existent. When I worked in a Microsoft environment, I knew that the order to not close the window meant REALLY do NOT close the browser window… fatal system crashes would occur. *Update: In 2010, this type of message rarely occurs for the every-day web surfer. We have enough RAM to consider completing myriad tasks and objectives. The CPUs of old didn’t have […]