In mixed media art, there is one supply required which is so exquisite, so personal and so habit-forming that mixed media artists sometimes keep the extent of their supply collection a secret. Stored away in decorative boxes, paper bags, plastic bins, envelopes and cartons, this particular supply can make or break a piece of art. It adds emotion, history, story-telling, texture, complexity and mystery to the art. We trade it at art workshops, gift it to our favorite artists, snap it up at flea markets and drag it home from every journey we make - ephemera.
Oh ephemera! How we love your tattered edges (seldom precisely cut with scissors, usually torn by hand), the architectural lines of your sewing patterns, the saturated colors of your tissue paper...the tiny edge of a ticket stub, the fortune from your fortune cookie. Ephemera. The cocktail napkin from last New Year's Eve, the yellowed pages of an outdated encyclopedia, the bus pass from a city tour. Ephemera. The empty seed packed from last year's vegetable garden, the hilarious tag from a Red Bubble art purchase, the scribbled note from your daughter with a little heart at the end. Ephemera. The printed tissue paper from a birthday gift, the paper ribbon from a holiday bow, the punched out stars from a craft project. Ephemera.
There is one piece of ephemera from this holiday season which will be hoarded for the next decade and doled out in tiny, torn pieces. It will be background for art journals and texture for hand-made cards. It will inspire and motivate and become compost for growing the ideas for new art. What is this most exquisite of all ephemera? The Ciel Gallery 2016 calendar.
The images are high quality (perfect for framing!) and your holiday visitors will love taking this piece of Charlotte home with them for the new year...it is a great enticement for that relative who has not yet come to visit, too!
Filled with images from the original art of Ciel Gallery artists:
Emily T Andress
Laura McRae Hitchcock
Leigh B. Williams
Randy Leibowitz Dean
Pam Goode (cover artist with collaborative work)
You will have to stop by the gallery to pick up your own copy of this most excellent of art calendars (and gifts and exquisite ephemera) because my copies will be secretly hoarded and admired, gently torn and thoughtfully repurposed until there is nothing left but the spiral binding ring.
Written by blog contributor Jen Walls. Photos by Leigh B. Williams.
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