This body of work began sometime in the mid 1990's, as an experiment, seeing if I could adhere a dress to a canvas and create a painting over all the textures. "Dress painting" is a term I came up with to explain these when I simply couldn't think of anything better. Over the years they have evolved, with new elements of collage being added. Dress patterns, photographs, and embroidery all appear from time to time, as well as lino block prints, rubber stamps and gold leaf. I will use this space to explore the beginnings of this series, as well as showing my latest work. If the piece is available for sale you'll find the price at the bottom. Free shipping in the U.S. Contact me at kallencole@aol.com to purchase.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Focus free

About a week ago I asked folks on Facebook what they would rather read me blog about, my art fair influences, my terrific middle school art teacher, or a sort of photo essay on one of the processes I use in my paintings. Process sort of won, but I will eventually get to the other topics. 

So I start taking photos of what I'm working on.
  Transferring a new damask pattern that Scott designed onto linoleum. 

Starting to carve

And then it all goes a little off track, the lino is in the background of this shot, still being carved as I move on to some stitching.
And then these happen, as I am working on a new version of "Goody Two Shoes"

Oh, and I am still printing other bits...

And sticking down other things, and waiting for them to dry.

As other pieces are finished.

So there you have it, Lucky Girl, Black Sheep, Goody Two Shoes, and another yet unnamed piece are all crashing around out there, ranging from barely started to almost complete.  I bounce from painting to printing to stitching to photographing, and somehow it is all getting done.  All linear thought processes out the window, I visualize something closer to pushing an entire wave to shore.
Now to get back out there...

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