The Little Book of Lettuce
Inspired by Hope’s garden, I made a Little Book of Lettuce.
Accordion style, with a little bit of John Steinbeck thrown in for good measure.
It looks like this:
I think I am doing a Bach thing, or a jazz thing (a blue thing), riffing on the pavement.
The torn up, still lying there, chunky chunky, pavement.
Hey, art moves slowly… just like the municipality… which means even though the rains have ceased, I had my choice of pavement chunks to add to The Little Book of Pavement…
So now, here’s a question:
When people ask, “What do we need to bring to the workshop?” I say things like, “Paper, ruler, mat knife…”
How can I convey the need for extraordinary things, like bits of asphalt?
In the interest of full disclosure: This is a collage of “a” day – just not “today”.
That’s because it is too cold to be hanging out in the studio for the moment, and also because I am going to spend the day at Kahve Dünyası (Coffee World) using their free Wi-Fi to download a lot of pics for presentations in Eskişehir (Omangazi Üniverstesi) and Ankara (Hacettepe University). HEY! As long as I’ll be enjoying free Wi-Fi (if in fact all is functioning), I’ll share some of them with y’all. But for now, here’s a collage on my own dime (or kuruş, to be precise) – my apologies for its fuzziness:
If you’re curious about the technique, well, the most interesting part is all that scumbly stuff on the bottom – well, it’s the back side of a used band of gold leaf – the light yellowish part is where there is still leaf on the tape – but it is the reverse side, so it is not shiny – and all the darker colored stuff is actually the watercolor on the paper underneath – now visible through the transparent band in the areas where the leaf was removed (pressed into some mixed-media work, no doubt).
(Some better views can be had on Etsy, at
And for more on the Ankara Workshops,
Well, I’ll be on the road in a couple of weeks, with stops in Eskişehir and Ankara.
It started out as a simple trip to hang the Eco-Siklet Traveling Design Exhibit at the Büyülü Fener cinema in Kızılay, but it seemed a long way to go just to hang an exhibit, so I got to planning, and now…
In Ankara I’ll be giving 2 workshops – a collage workshop on 25 March, and a notebook workshop on 26 March, both at the Faberge Cafe in Kızılay. If you’re interested, just click on the picture below for workshop details (in Turkish – or contact me via email for details in English).
In Eskişehir I’ll be giving a talk on “Words in/as Art” at Osmangazi University.
Time to GET BUSY.
Today at the end of my ‘1-woman yoga class’, Tüğce (yoga teacher – so together we are a ‘2-woman class’) asked me where she could see some of my collages on-line – prompting me to get around to this post.
Rather than something new, the photos below are from an exhibit I organized a couple of years ago called “Vitrinler’de Sanat / Art Windows”. The idea was to put artworks in empty shops in Turgutreis – because at the time it seemed the empty shops outnumbered the full ones – which wasn’t doing much for morale, or for business.
The artwork ran the gamut from watercolor ‘scenes’ to a ‘dead fish installation’ by a ceramic artist… rather a nice variety, I might say. I had the window of a former greengrocers, so I decided to put in a basket of pomegranates.
(Recycled from a 2000 installation called “Nü-Nar (Nude Pomegranate) – but perfectly ‘suitable for audiences of all ages’ – with the ‘nü’s’ directed towards the inside of the shop.) Next to the basket was a “fruit pyramid”.
Another artist in the exhibit who works with paper is Uta Çiner.
It’s kind of hard to see what she was doing in there – so here’s another shot, of ‘the work’:
And I guess it’s still kind of hard to see exactly what this is: a very large papier mache sculpture.
To really see what she does, here is a link to her website, http://kikkula.de/, which shows work by Uta and her husband Tuna. I just went to visit them at their shop in Gumuşluk yesterday, to pick Tuna’s brain on books – he makes BEAUTIFUL notepads using a lot of SE Asian papers – and I got some good advice re: The Little Book of Pavement…
So, ideas from Tuna and a new ruler from Kadir, and we should be on our way…