Monday, July 27, 2009

Hey Ho, Let's Kimono!




This is an oldie..just dropping in so you know I am still alive and kicking...


Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Sextentophone

A useful instrument for navigating the ship by means of the sun and for playing a sailors hornpipe at the same time.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Organ Music

Florida Keys

Re-name That Tune!! Time for another postcard giveaway, kids. My favorite new title artist will get this in the mail, no strings attached.

Captain Mustard's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Not-so-great Flood

Caption was cut off, it reads: St. Michael's Mount, on the coast of Cornwall, is as far off the beaten track as a visitor to the United Kingdom can get. On this rocky bluff overlooking the sea...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

How High's the Water?

The Rain It Raineth....

Please Welcome New Member, Jono Tosch

Hi Scrapteria People

My name is Jono. I wrote a cheesy, windy introduction and deleted it. Here is my less cheesy, less windy introduction:

I started collage in 1999, in college. I started with John Heartfield. Most of my work was very “simple” like the collage above. I would cut out an image that struck me, hold that image (here the cheese) and then flip through magazines for a background to paste it onto.

Eventually I started branching out and paying attention to other collage artists (with other techniques), and collage became something bigger and more various and more interesting to me. But that’s not to say that I don’t like these pieces, it’s only that I wanted more challenge. I started looking at Romare Bearden, and he was doing something quite different from Heartfield and Hannah Hoch. Or rather, Bearden was drawing the wack-o composite faces from Hannah Hoch, and adding something of his own, too. Basically, eventually I wanted to make collage that was not politically or social-commentary motivated, and just make collage for the eye. I kept and still keep many painter friends (mostly abstract painters), and I wanted to use papers as if they were pigments instead of collaged images, such as Alberto Burri did with burlap and tar etc, and so I added that to my bag of collage tools.

Anyway, like Hannah Hoch and her ethnographic notebook studies, I currently use National Geographic as my main source material, and so my work ends up having a certain amount of “third world” imagery and, of course, that pre-weathered, instant-vintage look due to the photo quality of the source material. I could use contemporary magazines, but I like the colors of old National Geographic. I especially love the old televisions and cameras and cars. I am always tempted to include old station wagons and hamburgers.

All in all, I have been doing collage for over a decade, on and off, and I am constantly adding new techniques to my bag. Just last year I learned about the wonders of spray adhesive, and I am about to make some big collages really soon on empty, 50 lb sacks of flour. Basically, I really enjoy collage because I am constantly learning new ways to go about it.



I am actually a poet at the beginning of his publishing career. I am also a composition teacher and a food writer. I make lots of pickles from scratch (sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled this and that, and, of course, various cucumber pickles) and I am an avid gardener. I made a zine called Idiot Hero for the better part of my twenties. My shoe size is 10; my waist is 29 or 30; I am a hair under six feet, brown hair, brown eyes; I am a Libra; I drink Scotch and India Pale Ale; I have one brother and one sister; I live in Massachusetts with my friend, Francesca Chabrier, poet. There is currently a Chihuhua named Tille sleeping on my bed. She is not my dog. I am not sure what my blood type is. I am 32 years old. I have health insurance for the first time in my adult life. Tomorrow is Thursday. I hope it is sunny. I am growing pumpkins in my garden.

Theme of the Week - The Great Flood

Let's mix things up. Be the first to comment with a suggestion for a theme for this week and that will be our theme.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ice Ice Baby

This is a combo collage both for this week and to make up for missing last week's theme, heat wave.

Baby Got Back

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tan Gloriously

Au Naturel

Seems like we have this place all to ourself this week...

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Deep in the Hot of Texas

Out of the frying Panhandle, and into the fire!