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, July 29, 2013

Black Sheep

I never know just what to say when people ask me how long it takes to do a piece.  Sometimes the execution goes fairly quickly, sometimes not.  Or if it's like this piece, the idea lodges in my brain and stays there for months, slowly inching to the surface.
But I like her, I've always had a soft spot for black sheep.  Especially the ones that leave legendary stories that families talk about for years.  Linoleum block prints on tissue, acrylic paint, a vintage dress, and a lot of little silver beads stitched through the canvas are all that make this piece.

Three separate canvases framed together as a triptych, about 28" x56" framed.