ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Reprise: Home Companion magazine

From the archives of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine, the following is reprinted from a paper, scissors, crop article in which I shared the spotlight with Sylvia Luna and Stacie Rife.

Artist's Trade
Artist’s profile: 2
Sarah Fishburn is a respected collage artist who creates atcs, greeting cards, calendars, altered books, original canvases, and more. She also designs layouts for scrapbooking books and magazines. Her latest projects include Transparent Art, a Somerset Studios book. . . Her signature style features a juxtaposition of text, images of children, and vibrant color.
Family and Friends
(b) An old photo of Sarah’s mom, Jean, plays a prominent role. Sarah combined vintage papers and ephemera with a sheet of transparency washed in red ink as the background for the old photograph. For her second atc, a more modern look is achieved with photo choice, layout, and typography.

Sources: Colored staples, Making Memories, makingmemories.com.

Dynamic Display
(c) Collecting ATCs is a passion for many artists, but discovering inventive ways to display them can be challenging. Collage artist Sarah Fishburn used a blank accordion-fold book as a quick starting point for her ATC holder. Individual photo frames were cut from scrapbooking papers and adhered with torn strips of fabric and vintage buttons sewn into place. Glued to the book is a collaged image of Sarah’s mother as a small child, a Valentine’s Day message to the woman whom the artist calls her “greatest supporter.”

Sources: Paper, Steph McAtee, capturedelements.com.