Tag Archives: ephemera

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 […]

Vintage matchbooks in assemblage art

Been working my little collage fingers to the bone. Well, that ain’t really true, because it went from collage to assemblage in one fell swoop. Blammo… it started when I found these provocative matchbooks in the pile o’what can I do with this? stuff in the studio desk drawer. Rather than just have the matches sitting around collecting dust bunnies – I plucked out the flammable portion and commenced to frame the little suckers. Then, once framed and snappy snippy, […]

Assemblage Art

What trips your trigger? For me, it’s abandoned metal, cracked and chipped paint on an old piece of wood, an old chest of drawers with the legs missing… rusted elements of some forgotten automobile. I re-purpose discards and turn them into art. I assemble items someone left behind and create meaningful (?) dissonance. It’s a collage of three-dimensional proportions. Connected by wires, glue, screws, nails, string… more pieces of objects left behind. It’s the ultimate form of recycling — turning […]

HarlotsSauce, I love this woman!

It’s so delicious when one explores genius online. This “Screw You I’m Fifty-Two” post just made my day. 11) There are some people you just have to walk away from, and never look back. These can be anyone from a pushy salesperson to your own parents. 14) Also when it comes to your kids, you might as well do what you think is right, because you’re going to get blamed anyway, for getting it wrong. [*ValNote: although my daughters are […]

Emilio Merlina

Some people want a Porsche, others lust for clothing or a large house, perhaps a trip to Paris. Me? What do I dream of owning? It’s simple, really. A work from the hands and mind of Emilio Merlina. I can spend time thumbing through my giant compedium of Max Ernst work and then mogate over to the book shelves and pick up another book filled with “the Masters” or grab a portfolio of some other artists but my mind returns […]

Matchbook Covers as Art

The last Woodside Antiques auction we attended must have been in, what… January? That’s when we acquired the Victorian scrapbook and the sewing basket filled with dozens of spools of vintage thread. And the Victorian handmade lace, the 1920s dresses… great bunches of “stuff” at some very low prices. Yes, I’m talking to myself. Didn’t I end up with a huge box filled with matchbooks? It was the time I bid without knowing I’d done so? Yeah, it’s all coming […]