Sunday, June 21, 2015

Scissors, Paper, Vision, and Voilà! Fashion!

Before I get into the base of today's blog post, the exquisite detailed paper art and fashion plate work of this Eastern European paper artist
I thought I'd show  you a couple of the pieces that have been keeping me busy and away from Bloglandia for the past two weeks. I've been on a mico-mini album book binge. They're great fun - if somewhat exacting - to create, and it's been a nice change of page. I've made several, but here are two distinctly different styles. One, a retro 1930's cook book, and the other a Marilyn Monroe tribute album.

These, and others, are available at my Zibbet shop here, if you'd like to see the inside pages.

Now, I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that I have mislaid not only the name of the paper artist whose work I'm going to show you - but also the country she is from! So, if you know, please let me know so that I can add it in.

I thought these historical fashion "plates" made entirely of white paper were just stupedendous. Not only beautiful, but she somehow managed to give the 'models' a personality and attitude each their own!

Hope you enjoyed these intricate and stunning labors of love as much as I did! I'm overwhelmed by the amount of skill, vision, engineering and talent involved in creating them!

Now ... go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Lady in Red

Stills from 102 years ago - These photos are from 1913, one year before the start of World War I, and they have a modern feel and dream-like quality that wouldn't be out of a place in an Instagram post.

They were taken by a process known as autochrome, and developed by Lumière Brothers, and was the only widely used color photography technique used until film caught up in the 1930's.

The photographer is Mervyn O'Gormon, a famed British engineer. The girl is believed to be his daughter Christina, captured on a beach in Lolworth Cover, Southern England.

Images of Christian are displayed in the exhibit Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Collection, at the National Media Museum, Bedford, England, until June 21.

These photographs of a girl in a red dress have a startling modern feel to them, despite dating back 102 years to the dawn of color photography.

Mysterious girl? Even though it's fair to assume that the girl is the photographer's daughter, Christina, some uncertainty remains. "We do not know who Christina is," Colin Harding, Curator of Photographs and Photographic Technology at the National Media Museum has said.

There is no record of Lt. Mervyn O'Gormon, and  his wife Florence, having any children as I have been able to find. There is a census record of a Christina O'Gormon living in Dublin Ireland born in the 1890's.

"That would make her about the same age as the model in the pictures, and we do know that Mervyn O'Gormon had family ties to Ireland. It is possible she is the same person, but it is impossible to say.

A red beach dress - The autochrome process, which captured the color red particularly well, involved a glass pane covered with dyed potato starch which acted as a filter.

Subsequent versions, which did away with the glass and used film, remained in use until the 1950's but were eventually overshadowed by more advanced techniques.
An engineer with many talents - "Interestingly, O'Gormon was not a professional photographer nor a member of a photograpic society," Harding said. "He was an enthusiastic amateur who was a professional engineer with an interest in motorcars, technology and aircraft. His passion for autochrome could stem from his interest in modern technology, but he did publish a book of poem and had other artistic interests later in life."
Christina is seen here with her mother, Florence and younger sister. Mervyn O'Gormon's camera case lies to their right. Autochrome glass plates did not require and special equipment and could be used with any camera.

Mervyn died in 1958, his wife much earlier in 1931. There are no records of the daughters.
The girl by the pond - Seemingly unaware of the camera in almost every shot, here the young girl is seen gazing into an ornamental pool. The location of this photo is not known, but it may have been taken at the gardens of Rempstead Halls, near Corfe Castle in England.
Red and green - Mervyn O'Gormon, who was 42 when these shots were taken, was born in Brighton. He was an electrical and aeronautical engineer and in 1909 was named Superintendent of the Royal Aircraft Factory.
Christina on display - Some of the original autochromo photographs from this series will be displayed in the exhibit Dawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Collection, Bradford, England, until June 21.

Now, go make something beautiful ...

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(¸.•´♥ Tristan
Special thanks to Jennifer Kincheloe, author of the Anna Blanc series of Victorian detective novels, who
first introduced me to these marvelous early photographic works of art. Her latest book, The Secret Life of Anna
Blanc - Mystery, Murder, and Romance in 1900's L.A. is available now for pre-order.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Guest Designer at Unruly PaperArts

Today,  I'm flattered to be a guest designer at the Unruly PaperArts site. There is a tutorial on creating the pages I use in a many of my albums (I use different style pages for different albums, but this is really my favorite one).

I hope you'll stop by and take a look - towards the bottom of the posting is a section with photos of the completed album, The Secret Garden, and you can see all the embellishing and decoration that went into it. Just click here to take you there.

Also, here is a video where you can see all the interactive pages and how the album will function as a photograph or keepsake album if you would like.

If you are interested in purchasing this, or a different style album (I do many different styles), you can click here to my online Zibbets shop. Or, if you have a specific theme or idea you would like me to work on for you, I love doing special commissions - I just finished a beautiful album for a couple who spent a holiday touring the Italian was fun and a challenge. So don't be afraid to ask!

Now...go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

This is in honor of ME as today is my birthday so I am
King For the Day!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

... and many thanks to all who serve and have served to protect us and our nation., go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Time Tested Marriage Advice From People Who Know

This is a 1901 marriage manual from relationship expert Emma Frances Angell Drake. Emma was a graduate of Boston University Medical College and a Professor of Obstetrics at Denver's Homeopathic Medical School and Hospital. But perhaps she was best known for her books.

What a Young Wife Ought to Know is one of many titles in her Purity and Truth, Self and Sex Series. The main character in the detective series, Anna Blanc, would definitely have read this book in secret, under the covers, with a flashlight.

Speaking of which, I first discovered this photo and information about Mrs. Drake from Jennifer Kincheloe, the author of the Anna Blanc detective series.

Here is a link to the first chapter of The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, which will be in stores on November 3rd. You can pre-order it now wherever books are sold on-line, such as Penguin Random House, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Kobo. Also, independent bookstores carry it, like Tattered Cover. 

You also should check out her blog - there is always fascinating tidbits about the Victorian era on it. 

... now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan
OH! and yes, that's a black wedding dress in the photo above!

Friday, May 8, 2015

So What the Heck ARE These Pocket Pal Letters I Keep Hearing About?

So, I kept hearing about Pocket Pal Letters being swapped - and I had no idea what they were. Then a group I to which I belong on Facebook (Scrapbooking with M.E.) had a swap and I decided to find out what it was all about and participate.

So I found out. The 'pocket page' is actually one of those nine-section baseball card collector protector pages. Each pocket contains an ATC that you make for your partner, and then you fill the back of the pockets with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) A short note or letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. I've noticed that the majority of what people send are small crafting notions and supplies. Just little bits and bobs that are interesting and fun to receive. A short note or letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets.

Then the Pocket Letter is folded up and sent in a standard 10 size envelope.

So, I was assigned Tammy van Erp as a partner, which was exciting because I really love her style of work and knew I would love the ATC's I received from her. Not too greedy, am I?

Well, today it made its long lonely journey from Canada to Connecticut and I found it in the post ... and I just love it! Here is a photo of the Pocket Pal Letter as it arrived ...
 It's a shame that I am simply unable to photograph anything in plastic or glass without getting that dreadful glare - but you can get the idea. These are the nine ATC's that are in the front of the page.

This is the back with all the goodies that she sent along with the ATC's...
You can't really see them that well, but there are lots of brass findings, filligree work, fancy threads, miniature clothespins, butterfly embellishments, fancy-topped paper clips, etc. Fun things. She also included in the package a HUGE stack of Strips of Pearls embellishments in ever color in the rainbow. What a treat - they'll last me all year!

Here are individual photos of the ATC's ... be sure to click on them so you get a larger image and can see the details more clearly!

So, that's what the Pocket Letter Pal is all about.

If you'd like to see what I made for Tammy, she made a video of herself receiving and unpacking it (instead of taking photos - she's an over-achiever LOL), you can see it here:

So, that's what the heck all the fuss about Pocket Pal Letters is about!

Now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba

If you are not familiar with his intricate, detailed, whimsical and astounding work, let me introduce you to the world of Takanori Aiba.
Japanese artist Takanori Aiba, a former maze illustrator for the Japanese fashion magazine POPYE, spent much of his career as an architect. Finally, in 2003, he merged his two interests—maze-building and architecture—to produce these intricate bonsai tree houses.
Japanese to the core, these miniature architectures combine the organic nature of bonsai trees with labyrinthian architecture. Jorge Luis Borges would be proud.

Using craft paper, plastic, plaster, acrylic resin, paint and other materials Aiba constructs sprawling miniature communities that wrap around bonsai trees, lighthouses, and amongst the cliffs of nearly vertical islands.

I would love to visit every single one of these places ... if only I was 5 1/2 feet shorter!

See more of Aiba’s work here.

now ... go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Friday, May 1, 2015

Go to the Beach - In Your Bathroom!

3D epoxy floors let you experience the thrill of going to the toilet in public by using angled photos and multiple transparent layers to turn your bathroom into an outdoor space.

mperial, a company from Dubai, has cornered the 3D floor design market for now, but this product is too popular to remain exclusive for long.
According to Imperial, liquid 3D floors are a recent innovation first used in hotels, offices, and shopping centers.
However, they insist it’s a misconception that decorative screed can only be used in the bathroom or toilet – in fact, 3D floors are suitable for any room, “and even villas.”
Clearly, the future in now. See below for some jaw-dropping example of 3D flooring!

... now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan