Thursday, September 8, 2011

Launching my ACEO line

Hello friends,

As mentioned a couple of posts ago, I will be listing ACEOs (or Artists Trading cards as I like to call them) in my online shop. I've been drawn to creating these miniatures for a long time now and have become addicted to them. I find that due to my limited funds, they are the perfect size for me. I can experiment with mixed media and various effects - without blowing my budget! The sky's the limit with ATCs. If I can find a way to attach and secure found objects, fabric, embellishments etc to these cards, then I will!

Many traditional collage artists turn to digital scrapbooking techniques. I'm doing the reverse. After years spent in front of computers, I find handmade construction quite fulfilling. For me, there's a therapeutic quality about it. I love the tactile nature of it, and the use of various tools to create the finished pieces. It's akin to jewellery making or metal smithing - although I love making pictures too much to turn to pure jewellery making. Perhaps, jewellery with pictures in it? – who knows where this journey will take me.


View more of my ATCs at Crimson Circle Studios. There will be new pieces added in the coming days.


Enjoy,
Stella


Friday, September 2, 2011

And the winner is......

Thank you to all who participated in the 'Name this print' competition. I really WAS stuck for a title for this piece, and it was interesting to read the varied interpretations from different people. From a science-fiction angle 'Lucid Dream' was a consideration (I'm a big fan of the movie Vanilla Sky, in which the Lucid Dreams corporation promises eternal life through sleep dreaming). I also liked 'hazy serendipity' because this piece was a bit of a 'happy accident' which almost ended in the trash can half way through its making! The references to snake charming and venom were quite intriguing and conjured up images of belly dancing and black magic.

In the end, I decided that the winning title will be......(drum roll).......'ELECTRA'........by Anastasia from Sydney. Congratulations Anastasia! I will be in touch soon.

I chose the name 'Electra', because I think it has a mystical, ancient feel about it. I've since discovered that in Greek mythology, Electra was a princess and daughter of King Agamemnon. Together with her brother, she plotted the revenge killing of the man who murdered her father!....Very fitting.....My Electra appears on the brink of pain and anger, dazed and confused....but at the same time, very scheming. And to round it off, I am of Greek heritage, so it's the perfect title! Thanks Anastasia!