Friday, March 9, 2012

Salem OR Guerilla Art Project

Since I have lots of new photos, that must mean I have some catching up to do on this blog!  I'll start with this: Guerilla Art.

Along with other members of the Salem Art Group (another group I'm in), I've been leaving pieces of guerilla art around town.  For anyone unfamiliar with that term, here's how wikidot explains it:

Guerilla art, also referred to as "street art", is a method of art making where the artist leaves anonymous art pieces in public places. It is often an installation in an unauthorized location. It is a way for an artist to express their views and opinions to a large audience in an anonymous way. In contrast to popular belief, guerilla art does not have to be done with spray paint.  There is no one motivation for making guerilla art. However, popular reasons include statement making, the sharing of ideas, the desire to send out good karma, just for fun, or to make a political statement.  (My reasons are those that are underlined.)

Here are the cards I made.  I carry them with me and leave in various places around town for people to find.  Actually, that's what I plan to do.  So far, I left one for a friend  who owns an art store (as a belated birthday greeting).  I'm having a hard time parting with the others.  So silly.  What good do they do me bundled in a baggie in my purse?  They're to spread out in the world and send good karma.

Collaged cards


These cards began as pieces of dyed cheesecloth, bits of ribbons, printed and handmade papers, bleeding tissue papers, transparent fabrics, stamped fabric, etc. sandwiched between layers of very fine MistyFuse, then ironed to fuse together, as below:
Fused collage

The final step was to cut the collage into 6 rectangles; each was fused onto a piece of watercolor paper and finished with a little hand-stitching in gold metallic thread. Glass beads were added to a few of the cards.

 Tomorrow I will leave some of these around town.

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