Saturday, September 28, 2013

HARMONY. Conventional Collage. Shelby Pizzarro

HARMONY
My Creative Collage Class at The Art Center School and Galleries in Mechanicsburg, PA has started. My teacher is Sue Marrazzo. She has really gone the extra mile for me. Due to a change in my job at work, I can no longer make the classes. So, I am currently a "remote" student. I work on my own and receive the lessons via emails from Sue. While I miss seeing the other people in the class, I am happy I can at least stay involved this way.

Our first assignment was a collage using the Strata layout.

I went to our local Salvation Army to peruse their used books.  I picked up quite a few, and in the collection was a nearly new copy of "Memoirs of a Geisha". I read the book a long time ago and was enchanted by the movie. The cinematography was breathtaking. I was recently told at work my new position would take time to adjust to because it was like being asked to "learn Japanese".

Again..nudged my my Muse, I put added handmade papers, art papers, and Oriental papers into the design. I found a spot illustration of a Geisha a long time ago and filed it away in the "maybe I will use this someday..." box of art papers. She found a home at last. I also used a Chinese wood block and ink. The character is "Harmony". I stamped it on tissue paper which was sheer enough to paste over the Geisha image.

The Japanese type is from an ad I found in a magazine. I also used a story, the black and white text, from the same issue.

When I finished, I did feel that Harmony was the key to this collage. The colours seemed to blend even better than I hoped they would. 

Harmony...the word is simple...but means so much more. Harmony in Life, in Art, in Work. Isn't that what we are all striving for? I think the Muse would agree.

2 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

'KUDOS to you and your collage, Shelby!
The papers are so COOL!

Shelby Pizzarro said...

Thnaks! It was fun and not a topic I usually follow.

Thanks for the comment