Photo above: read about my previous Texas inspiration from January 2013…
This past week I was in Austin, Tx visiting family. I adore travel, and I love the heightened awareness that I get when traveling. The DE-TX route is one I do a few times a year; even though my sister’s and my parents’ houses feel like home – the travel awakens me. I am more alert, tuned in to my surroundings as they are familiar but different. I am almost guaranteed to be inspired, and rejuvenated to return to the studio. This trip it was a day trip to Georgetown, TX and a few fabulous antique stores…
|The loot from Gatherings.|
We were having a bit of show and tell over a glass of wine – and my Dad was incredulous that I was SO excited over this little pile of ephemera. But I have big plans:
This leather rosary case joins a leather coin purse in my tray of treasures. I see them with grommets to allow for a secure attachment that won’t damage the leather. I imagine personal treasures inside: pictures, notes to one’s self, a small object to wear close to your heart…
|Optometrist lenses and an antique Mother-of-pearl buckle.|
|Cigarette cards – a company of corvids.|
The sales woman asked me what I was going to do – I think the phrase mixed media artist piqued her interest. I had been sketching shrine pendants in the airport already – so here are a few excerpts from my pages:
|From my sketchbook…|
The cards are a bit large and I may have to trim them. My basic idea is to create a copper and mica sandwich, or alternately a copper and plexiglass sandwich. The piece would be attached with rivets, microvolts, etc. I could even do a peyote stitch ribbon around the piece, ( sketch on bottom left) to circle the poleax and sit flush between the copper pieces. Hmm. SO many ideas!
Antique watch crystals, some tiny and some medium. I am going to keep these a secret for now… but I am SO excited about these! They were in a Mason jar! So many, I was sorting through them, tempted to buy more!