Hello everyone. I hope you are well and enjoying the Spring or Autumn weather (whichever applies to you!). My thoughts and prayers go out to all those suffering in the midst of the hurricanes and whatnot that are happening right now. Dreadful business. I keep thinking about all the animals that will be lost and frightened (and of course the people who are in the same situation). So many terrorist incidents everywhere too. The world is just not a safe place any more. I sometimes think human beings are the least human beings of all.
Which brings me to my current arty obsession which is taking over my craft room (and life). I am still making lots of collages, but now a few of them are featuring characters from what I like to call my “Altered Tribe”. Part human, part animal or bird (or a combination of all three!), these “people” are a bit of an homage to Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up routine, where he said “To hell with the world, I can make my own people!” (when talking about becoming a parent). Well, sort of. Mostly, they’re just an indication of how much I like to cut stuff out (and usually give myself a headache in the process because I seem to always be cutting out teeny tiny fiddly bits).
I like to add wings to everything (you may have noticed this before) and antlers are also something I love. Who doesn’t love antlers??? They make things more magical and mythical somehow. Pop a pretty vintage lady’s head on a bird’s body and bung some antlers on and – hey presto! – you’re making your own people! I’m particularly fond of birds of prey – those big feet and talons are lovely – but wrens or robins, ducks or doves make me just as happy.
It can be tricky matching the right head with the right body etc. If they head isn’t angled in the right way, it can throw the whole thing off. So I spend ages going through my collage files to find just the right pieces to go together. Cue more headaches. I recently bought some nice old children’s books to cut up – they have lots of wonderful illustrations of all sorts of animals, birds and children.
So, I have lots of works-in-progress happening right now. I try and do lots of prep in the evenings so I can accomplish more on the weekends. I don’t want to waste too much time base-coating or fiddling about looking for pieces when I am in creation mode. I just want to get stuck in and make stuff.
This isn’t the first time I’ve made these creatures – they’ve popped up every now and then in my cards and collages over the years. But right now I am really enjoying bringing them into being and am loving sourcing new body parts! Gives me another excuse to trawl through op-shops and find more old books 🙂 I’m also trying to branch out into other critters – hares and horses and dogs, to name a few. There’s really no limit to what can be utilised and put together. So expect to see a few donkey-rabbit-fish hybrids!
What would your “tribe” look like?