I entered this piece in the 2013 Inspire show being put on by 40W Arts here in Lakewood, CO. This year the shows theme is recycled art or vivid color. Happily for me I had this piece in the works. This is made on recycled inter office envelopes, with newspaper, paint, tissue paper, various pens and grease pencils. I mounted the collage onto a black fabric background that I pieced out of fragments of cloth leftover from some other project. The background is quilted and trimmed with black satin ribbon. I think it fits both of the shows themes! Much to my delight I was asked if they could use my artwork for some of their outreach efforts and I won an Award of Excellence at the show. My very first award!
Here is the thing about this piece..... it came together rather intuitively. This never happens to me and finding that inner voice has been such a struggle. I just wanted to play around with techniques one day so I started layering paint and newspaper on these envelopes and then tearing the paper back off to reveal layers. When I decided I was done I had a background that I really liked. But as usual I had no idea what to do with it. It hung around on my design wall for several weeks while this teeny tiny little voice in my head kept whispering " add lilies made of more inter office envelopes". I resisted. Resistance is my specialty. But I kept getting the same message and eventually I caved in and went for it. This is the first pieces I've made that my husband genuinely likes. The first piece that won an award. Hmmmm. I'm guessing that that intuitive voice in my head knows what its doing. Now I just need to learn to hear it better.