Monday, 31 March 2014
These of course are me and my sisters (in disguise) rehearsing 'Happy Birthday' for our mom.
I am standing in front of the troops, 'humming' along, cause they get 'out of tune' very rabbitly (or is it rapidly?)
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Moments Before the Avalanche, the Guinness World Record for "A Fashion Photo Shoot at the Highest Altitude" Had Been Achieved
Saturday, 29 March 2014
Friday, 28 March 2014
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
One of my favorite books of all time is a slim masterpiece by Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities. In this book, the aged Kublai Khan, the emperor of the Tartars, listens as Marco Polo describes the cities he has visited in his wide travels through the empire. The cities are very strange, their descriptions are prose poetry, and they have names that sound like the names of women: Zenobia, Eutropia, Beersheba, Isaura...
The clouds are from a photograph by Rebecca Resinski. The quotation is from Invisible Cities, translated from the Italian by William Weaver.
'I'll Tell You One Thing, He's Not Building A Playhouse For The Children'
(What's he building in there, we have a right to know!)
▶ What's He Building In There - Kinetic Typography - YouTube
I added 3 different versions of the same song.
Inspired by the song of Tom Waits
▶ Tom Waits - What's he building in there (live) - YouTube
and with a little help of 'Alfred' .... I made a kind of triptych .. this is part 1
'What The Hell Is He Building In There'
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Did you know? A group of snails is apparently called a "rout" or a "walk," and if there are baby snails there, it becomes a nursery and one may refer to it as an "escargatoire." I'm thinking it SHOULD be called a "slime of snails" or a "mess of snails" or...?
Saturday, 22 March 2014
Friday, 21 March 2014
When Howard Built His House On the Edge of The Silhouette Forest He Didn't Anticipate the Never Ending Presence of The Shadow Children Who Giggled and Ran About His Property All Day and Night
Thanks to Rachel Field (1894-1942) for the use of her wonderful silhouettes!
The house was found in a Dover book of Houses of the 1920s.
Don't remember where I found the disgruntled home owner.
Thursday, 20 March 2014
So Far the Search for Atlantis Only Yielded a Long Lost Model of The Second Bank of the United States
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
We have a noisy building site at the bottom of our garden which is probably why this theme came to mind! 5 new detached houses that look as big as signal boxes ( if you know what they are? ) so the shadows they cast shouldn't be too bad - we shall see. Anyway, have fun making your own building site, architectural follies etc.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Monday, 17 March 2014
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Saturday, 15 March 2014
Friday, 14 March 2014
This time, however, I placed my cut pieces on the scanner bed and then placed the background over it. Each time I moved each piece I kind of knew what direction it all might be going in. Therefore this one is much sharper however much more random than the first one I posted! (Note: I went back and redid my first animated collage "Fur Stinks". I decided to use removeable double-stick tape to reposition each element and I scanned several different pages to make the GIF.)
I just love creating these!! (Plus I have a cold and I don't feel like doing much else right now.)
Thursday, 13 March 2014
So I had that eerie background laying around. The fashion plate in her fur coat is another piece that has been cut out and ready to be used for a while.
I wanted to make a statement and I found a skunk who encounters her, gives her a bit of a sniff and then delivers a bit of a whiff! I put the orb in the background to add a bit more motion and also show the passage of time.
I will share my technique. Originally I photographed each separate page, manually moving the three pieces but the resolution of a photo was not too good. I then thought about removeable double-sided tape and I used that to lightly adhere each element and then scan each page separately.
I found an on-line application called imgflip.com which was extremely simple to navigate and worked real well.
Now here's something a bit different and challenging. How to make your collage move by animating it in some way. I've always wanted to try this and past attempts like this GAS MAN are pretty feeble using some found software which name escapes me for the moment. You can do it manually of course or make a Gif ( freeware versions of gif makers are found online ) . If you can't make an animation maybe just a collaged puppet show ( nothing longer than 60 seconds ). Have fun!
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
I looked through a Sotheby's auction catalog for an image of something blue and could not believe I found "Oeuf" a painted 2 1/4 inch ceramic by Joan Miro (1893-1983). I then looked through an old Time/Life book about The Earth and found that cool lightning strike in a desertscape. The blue-looking lady is from a 1958 Seventeen magazine ad for skin blemishes.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Tulips from a great vintage book about garden flowers.
Redtail Hawk and Belgian Rabbit (can you spot it?) are from two different nature books I like to cut up from time to time.
Background B&W vintage photograph is a scene of a Czechoslovakian village.
Monday, 10 March 2014
Artists that inspire me are: Max Ernst, Monty Python, Roland Topor, Francesco Clemente,Paul van Ostaijen, Federico Fellini, Jacques Tati, Jeroen Bosch, Kurt Schwitters, ...
Here's my website: www.maartjejaquet.nl