Now based in New York City, when I lived abroad I traveled extensively in England, continental Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During that time I gathered unusual papers, both found and purchased, collected other ephemera and made rubbings to document my experiences and use in my mixed media art works. Recent extensive travel throughout South East Asia have broadened my appreciation of the Asian aesthetic.
Much of my past work was influenced by Surrealism as well as the Dada movement, since I subscribe to many of the existential, coincidental and paradoxical tenants of these art movements. My most recent body of work explores color and pattern within the confines of Lines and Layers of my own handmade and hand decorated papers. The works become abstracted studies in texture through variations of color and arrangement.
Collage and mixed media are appealing since they allow the re-assembling of reality to suit my whims. I can easily re-invent, construct and deconstruct the world around me. I use many of their automatic and experimental techniques relying on chance and intuition to arrive at an image.
Although Banksy was unaware of his participation, he and I collaborated on this college. The rat image was unearthed from some papers I brought back from the UK and my contribution was the rubbing on the right hand side which was from a metal plate in the sidewalk in front of our flat. The street art materials just worked together.
Rubbings, or frottage in artspeak, are an excellent way to record plaques, manhole covers, gates, doorknobs and assorted metal street features wherever you happen to be. Materials are simple and inexpensive: crayons unwrapped and sturdy paper and a roll of tape. If you want professional materials purchase rubbing discs from art supply stores that sell them for grave rubbings. Most papers will work but some will tear here and there. Avoid this issue by buying mulberry or rice papers that are thin but very durable. Simply tape the paper to the object and run the crayon or disc over the image. Brings back the kindergarten days of making rubbings of coins.
Use the papers for backgrounds for paintings or use them in collage. The Asian papers glue down easily with minimal wrinkling.
Make yourself a small travel kit when you go on holiday and you will be able to return with unique souvenirs as well as art materials.
208 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
I offer one and two-day workshops as well as extended classes over 6 to 8 weeks.
Commission work is gladly accepted using my own papers or the client’s papers, colors, and images. I can work from an idea, a photograph or drawing The resulting work will be truly unique and a true collaboration.
Past commissions have been for a variety of clients including decorators, medical professionals and expatriates. A few samples are below.
Further information and prices on request.
Here are a few examples of prior commissions.
I started Never The Same Card Twice (NTSCT) while living in England. All cards are made on quality stock and are one-of-a–kind. None are printed.
Most are collaged cards which can be used for any occasion. The inside is left blank for your own message. Additionally, there are two holiday lines-one with traditional red and green and one for greetings of the season using non-traditional colors. An Easter line is also on offer.
Cards can be made to order using your materials or mine for invitations, thank you cards and announcements according to your specifications.
Further information and prices upon request.
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