ART BY TECHNIQUE: collage

NEW PRODUCT - CUPS FROM SMALLEQUALS.COM

In the ten years I've been doing this blog, you've seen me introduce a host of new products. Some sold well. Others didn't. Running a business is always a process. Or, as the trendies say now, a "journey."

Now I'm introducing mugs. I found a wonderful printer in the US that manufactures and drop ships. That's great for me, because the last thing I want is shelves full of inventory and trips to the post office. That was fine when I was younger, but now...no thanks. But with all the advances in print technologies and online servicing, it's now relatively easy to do make a great product AND have it delivered to the customer's home in a pretty package, safe and sound. 

Phew! Here's where to shop

 

 

cup, when women rule everyone will be free, 11 oz mug from small equals
When Women rule, everyone will be free. 11 oz mug from Small Equals


 

When Women rule, everyone will be free. This is a variation on a print I designed, first as a silkscreen and then as a digital collage. Now available in mug form. The girls are a highly altered version of a mid 20th century matchbox label. I just adore them, and use them over and over.

 

Mug, Lead your own parade, smallequals.com
Lead Your Own Parade. 11 oz mug from Smallequals.com
 

 

Lead Your Own Parade. This little saying popped into my mind a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a cheerful idea to ponder with morning coffee or tea. I went on an image hunt,  I found this illustration at a library digital collection, from a 1902 children's book illustrated by Maud Hunt Squire and Ethel Mars. It suited perfectly. 

Children of our town  carolyn wells  illustrations by E. Mars and MH Squire 1902  copy
The Children Of Our Town. Carolyn Wells. Illustrations by E. Mars and MH Squire. 1902

 

I went ahead and cleaned it up in Photoshop, designed the template for the cup manufacturer, and then set about researching the artists. I found Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire.

Lo and behold the Misses Squire and Mars were American artists who met in art school in Ohio in the 1890's, then moved to Paris where they became pals with Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, and of course they worked and exhibited with many of the artists there. 

During world war one they moved back to the US and lived in Provincetown, MA, then back to France, where they lived in Vence. During Ww2 they hid out in Grenoble, then went back to France until they died in 1955 and 1956. 

The Gertrude Stein's word portrait "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene was based on them. .

And now they've landed on my cup. I'm delighted but no longer shocked by these everyday moments of serendipity. 

 

Mug LOVE YOUR MOTHER EARTH SMALL EQUALS CUP MOCKUP
Love Your Mother Earth. 11 oz mug from smallequals.com

 

Love Your Mother Earth. Yes, I use this phrase often in my art and products. Because it's so important! This design is based on another print I made as a silkscreen. The silkscreen design was based on a photo I took of a package of Easter Jelly Beans. I'm not a Christian, but Easter packaging always makes me happy. The colors!! 

This digital version, quite different from the original, is now gracing a mug. My goal is to give you something happy and positive to absorb with your hot beverage of choice. I think it's so important to start the day with happy thoughts to set the tone for the rest of the day. 

Here's what it looked like as a silkscreen. I made this and all my silkscreens at Iskra Print Collective in Burlington, VT.

 

silkscreen, liza cowan, jelly beans
Jelly Beans silkscreen by Liza Cowan 2017 


 Find the cups here


My Digital Downloads on Etsy

I've been meaning to try selling my designs as digital printable downloads for quite some time. No more stocking printed inventory, no more shipping costs. The buyer just pays, gets an immediate download, and takes the file to the printer to have the image made as they like. Pretty cool. And Etsy makes it easy. 

Here are some that are already available:

The Masculine Woman 1905 postcard
The Masculine Woman, 1905 Postcard. Now a digital download.

Isn't she grand? I made a 600 dpi scan of the is card so it can be printed HUGE! Of course, the purchased download does not have a watermark. 

 

Harbells and bees, digital collage, liza cowan, source images japanese matchbox labels
Harbells and Bees. Digital collage by Liza Cowan

 

 I made this collage using images from two different Japanese matchbox labels. It looks great when it is large because the dots from the lithography become even more interesting at large scale. 

Love our mother earth digital collage by liza cowan
Love Your Mother Earth. Digital collage by Liza Cowan



Love Your Mother Earth. A timely and beautiful message. I made this using several images from vintage seed catalogs. How gorgeous would this look printed large, hanging in a living room?

 

Intergalactic women's time, amazons allons-Y, small equals, digital collage by liza cowan
Intergalactic Women's Time. Amazons Allons-Y. Digital collage by Liza Cowan

This one was by request. From the Amazons Allons-Y Series. 

 

 

Red birds and bees, digital collage by Liza Cowan
Red Birds and Bees. ©Liza Cowan. digital download on Etsy

Red Bird and Bees, incorporates a few of the images I use over and over. Birds and bees. Classic. 

 

 

All images, and more at my ETSY SHOP HERE

 


THE AMAZONS ARE STILL TRAVELING

The Amazons are still travelling. Digital collages by Liza Cowan. Here's a sample of where they've been. For the complete series check them out on Flickr

Day 6 amazons annlon-y water is life
Amazons Allons-Y. Water Is Life. No Fracking

AMAZONS ALLONS Y STATUE OF LIBERTY AT NIGHT Liza Cowan CowanDesign
Amazons Allons-y. At the Statue Of Liberty

Amazons allons y, chanter la voix de la terre mere day 22 paris Liza Cowan CowanDesign
Amazons Allons-Y. In Paris.

AMAZONS DAY 25 LISTEN DEEPLY Liza cowan CowanDesign
Amazons Allons-Y. In Bretagne.

Amazons allons Y day 39 Westminster Abbey Hospital T.S. Boys St Margaret, Westminster with Westminster Hall beyondR.
Amazons Allons-Y. London, Westminster Cathedral

Amazons allons y day 45 Egypt nefertiti, liza cowan CowanDesign
Amazons Allons-Y. In Egypt


Amazons allons y day 46 circle the sky
Amazons Allons-y. Circle the sky

Amazons allons y day 57 think. Liza Cowan CowanDesign
Amazons Allons-Y. Teipei

Amazons allons y day 52 Liza Cowan CowanDesign
Amazons Allons-Y. Seeds Awaken


Amazons remember matriarchy Liza Cowan CowanDesign
Amazons Allons-Y. Remember Matriarchy. Teipei

Amazons allons y. the magic behind magic quote Douglas Hofstadter Metamagical Themas. Liza Cowan CowanDesign
Amazons Allons-Y. the Magic.



AMAZONS ON WALKABOUT

The Amazons are on walkabout, roaming the earth and skies, at work and at play.

 

ALLONS-Y cowan design
Amazons Allons-Y. Let's go save Mother Earth. Liza Cowan/CowanDesign

 

 

AMAZONS ALLONS Y ENGLISH TREES LARGEAmazons Allons-Y. Background from the cover of  the charming children's book, Trees In Britain, by S.R.Badmin, Puffin Picture Books. Amazon drawings based on Greek vase paintings. 

 

Amazons, Egypt, Liza Cowan/CowanDesignAmazons, Let's Go Make Mother Earth Safe For All. Made on Sept. 12th,  just after the news of the troubles in Cairo and Libya. Safety for all beings on the planet.

 

Amazons allonsy y day oneAmazons Allons-Y.  CowanDesign

You can follow the Amazons on Flickr  


Canadian Clouds

 Canadian cornfield, big fluffy clouds, harvest, rt 135, photo liza cowan
Clouds Over The Field, Canada. Liza Cowan photo

Driving home from Montreal yesterday afternoon just after a rain. The clouds were so pretty, the cornfields so autumnal, and the light so perfect, I had to stop and snap a few pics. South of Montreal, north of Vermont, on Rt.133.

 Candian clouds, big clouds, puffy clouds, truck on road, photo liza cowan
Truck, Field, Clouds, Canada. Liza Cowan photo


 Silos, canada, harvest, hay wagon, puffy clouds, sunlight reflection, farm buildings photo liza cowan
Silos, Clouds, Canada. Photo Liza Cowan.


W. David Powell

One of my favorite artists, W. David Powell, is now showing at Pine Street Art Works. David and I share a love of vernacular images, scientific and advertising ephemera, and new ways to look at and incorporate cultural detritus in new art.

David Powell, Hail to the hybrid, art print, collage,  

W. David Powell, Hail To The Hybrid, used by permission of the artist.

D. Powell Machine For Manufacturing Beauty, digital print, collage 

W. David Powell. Machine For Manufacturing Beauty. Used by permission of the artist

Most of the pieces in the show "were constructed in Photoshop from diverse source materials that range from Anton Mesmer's noteboooks, Maxwell's electrical diagrams to phrenological, physiological and geological texts. Numerous other books as well as images from contemporary medical imagers technology provide further material for creating combinations that invite new interpretation and analysis. The use of digital montage has become my primary medium for art making, though I sometimes use old cut-and-paste methodology along with traditional drawing and painting tools. The beauty of the digital medium for me is that it can become just another tool in my art kit. It does not necessarily replace traditional media, it just augments them." W. David Powell.


w david powell, collage, digital print, loudspeaker, ladder, curiosities  

W. David Powell, Broadcasting Democracy. Used by permission of the artist.


STAY TUNED FOR THESE GREAT NEW EXHIBITS AT PINE STREET ART WORKS

Some of these artists I've already posted about, some not. I'm so excited about the lineup of shows at PSAW. Even though times are tough, and businesses are tumbling like dominoes in an earthquake, we here at Pine Street Art Works (and Atelier Tove) are determined to keep going and thriving.

APRIL - TIM MATSON/ PILOBOLUS

Pilobolus
Tim Matson photo of Pilobolus. Dance called Untitled.copyright 1978. Used by permission of the artist.

The dance troupe Pilobolous began in 1970 at Dartmouth College. Tim Matson began photographing them early in their career, and, in conjunction with a Pilobolus April 11th performance at Burlington's Flynn Theater, PSAW will exhibit a dozen or so of Matson's original prints. Matson's book of Photographs, Pilobolus, was published by Random House in1978 and is still available through used book dealers.

MAY OR JUNE - DAVID POWELL

Plattsburgh NY/ Burlington VT artist/educator David Powell will show his collages and prints at a date to be announced. I've been a fan of David's for a few years. He had a show last year at Burlington's Fleming Museum which was super.

Into-the-future

Into the Future. David Powell. Copyright 2000. Digital print mounted on Wood Panel. Used by permission

AUGUST - ALIINE SMITHSON

Aline has been winning awards and grants left and right, and I'm happy to say I knew her when. She will be exhibiting here in August.

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Aline Smithson. Arrangement in Green and Black. Portrait Of The Photographer's Mother. Copyright Aline Smithson. Used by Permission

SEPTEMBER - TMNK - THE ME NOBODY KNOWS

I've blogged a lot about TMNK, but here's another image and a reminder that this amazing NYC street artist will be here on Sept 11th for the Burlington South End Art Hop. 

FRMcoldhands   

TMNK-The Me Nobody Knows. Copyright 2009. Used by Permission.

APRIL 2010 -CAROL GOLEMBOSKI

Cheiromancy 

How To Read The Hand. Copyright Carol Golomboski. Used by Permission

"Psychometry is a series of black and white photographs exploring issues relating to anxiety, loss, and existential doubt. The term refers to the pseudo-science of "object reading," the purported psychic ability to divine the history of objects through physical contact. Like amateur psychometrists, viewers are invited to interpret arrangements of tarnished and weathered objects, relying on the talismanic powers inherent in the vestiges of human presence. These images suggest a world in which ordinary belongings transcend their material nature to evoke the elusive presence of the past. 

Safe

Copyright Carol Golomboski. Used by Permission

Through an examination of fortune-telling and clairvoyance, many of the images confront the desperate human desire to know the unknowable, historically referencing the Victorian interest in spiritualism as well as the look of the nineteenth century photographic image. Illegible text and arcane symbols in pictures with themes like palm reading, tea leaf reading, and numerology force the viewer to consider man's insatiable need to anticipate his own fate.

The concept behind each picture dictates its darkroom manipulation, sometimes requiring research and revisions that last weeks or months. Combining photography with drawing, seamlessly incorporating photograms, integrating appropriated text, and scratching the emulsion of the negative create images where horror, history, and psychology occupy the same imaginative locale." Carol Golomboski from Photo Eye Gallery