Tramp Art, like quilting, relies on using salvaged materials to create textures and patterns then piecing them together to make beautiful yet utilitarian
objects. While relatively unknown, Tramp Art was a wide-spread form of Folk Art that flourished in America between the 1870's – 1940's.

Etsy

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Big "C"


Most people don't like the word and some are even offended
or frightened by it but I just had a wonderful experience
COLLABORATING
with Kat Anderson, a fellow artist and friend.

We had been admiring one another artwork
and thought our work would work well together.
Kat is getting ready for a few big Halloween Shows
this fall and so we came up with these pieces.

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Pictured above are some Tramp Art Coffins
designed especially for Kat.
Below, you can see a Sugar Skull base designed for her
Day of the Dead marionettes.






We also did a much larger piece that I think is really spook-tac-u-lar!
It is my version of a Victorian Horse drawn hearse.
This hearse carries a coffin and is driven by the Undertaker who
steadies his faithful Raven as the hearse gets on it's way.











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I am hoping to do a few other Tramp Art pieces
for her to use with her dolls as soon as I
can get some more supplies. Then I will need to
start working on some of the 100 pieces I
have designed but not started yet!

I am also working on some Fraktur style birds, Bird trees,
frames and a piece that I designed exclusively for
Colonial Williamsburg. It is my interpretation of a mirror
the museum has within it's collection.

Hope you enjoyed my collaboration with Kat.
Be sure to visit her Facebook page
to see her other wonderful creations and say hello.


Until next time.....enjoy!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The International Folk Art Museum & The Art Tramp...No Idle Hands: The Myths and Meanings of Tramp Art

I hope that all of you who are interested in Tramp Art
will have the opportunity to visit the
International Folk Art Museum to see their exhibit, 
"No Idle Hands: The Myths and Meanings of Tramp Art"
Opening on March 12, 2017.



As you can see, they have designed an
exceptionally beautiful catalog for the exhibit.

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As a new and relatively "unknown" artist
I am extremely honored to have one of my pieces
on loan to the museum for this exhibit.
It is the first major exhibit on Tramp Art since 1975
and includes works from present day artists
as well as numerous examples of the antique pieces.

Laura Addison is the curator for this exhibit
and she has been a joy to work with
and share my thoughts and vision about what 
attracted me to Tramp Art as well as
what inspires my work and love of this art form.


This is the piece I created that is included in the exhibit.

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I wanted to share these installation photos. 
They were taken by a museum staff member and posted
on their Facebook page.









There is also a wonderful interview with Laura
that can be accessed through the museum's Facebook page
and much more information on the extraordinary exhibit.

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Here is the link to a magazine article
that was recently published prior to the opening
that I thought you might enjoy!



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Colonial Williamsburg Gets a Tramp.....The Art Tramp that is!

I have only been to Colonial Williamsburg
a couple of times but I remember
my visits with much warmth and admiration.

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
is simply astounding with the quantity
and quality of it's collection....a MUST SEE
for those who truly love Folk Art.


When I visited, it was late Fall.
The leaves had mostly turned but there was
that wonderful "crispness" in the air.

The crowds had gone and I was able
to spend time talking with the artisans in their shops.
There were no lines for anywhere and 
I could stroll the streets at ease. The aroma of
Hot Apple Cider filled the air along
with that of the spice cookies they had for sale
on a small street cart.....
it was a wonderful experience!




And now, I have had another wonderful experience
that I wanted to share with all to you.

Some of my Tramp Art will now be available
through the Art Museum Store of Colonial Williamsburg.
They currently have eight of my pieces
and I am working on a small order that should go out
next week. I am also hoping to have the
opportunity to design some Tramp Art pieces that
will be exclusive to Colonial Williamsburg
since those designs will all be my interpretation of
pieces that are in the museums collections.



I am honored to have my art available at
such a wonderful and well respected museum.
The people I have been working with are
outstanding in every way. I want to thank Susan
and Lauren for everything they have done.


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I encourage everyone to visit and support
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as well as
your local or regional museums....

they are a precious gift for all of us to enjoy!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Show Time!

Well, it is that time of year again.
There is a chill in the air and soon there will be frost as well.
I love the Fall and that "crispness" in the air.
Of course, all this means that the Wilton Historical Society's

American Artisan Show

is just around the corner....November 4th - 6th.


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As you can see, things are all over the place
as I am getting ready for the show.
I have so many pieces I want to make and
so little time!

Sewing pieces, Ornaments, CAWfin®, Tombstone Angel,
and a very special piece that will use an antique
Sheraton table base with the original black paint...
let's see how much I can get done.

Hope to see you all there at the show!!!




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The Early American Folk Arts & Trades 


The first MARKETPLACE for this Facebook Group
will be held on Facebook this weekend, October 15 - 16.

Each artist can post one piece at a time
and add another once the first piece has sold.
I will be posting two pieces for
everyone's consideration...

"Live Free, Die Happy"

and
"Get Cracking"


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I would like to share a couple images
of two of my most recent
Heart In Hand Thread Holder & Pin Cushions...



Hope everyone has a great week!!! 
I will be heading back to create more Tramp Art
one chip at a time!







Monday, May 2, 2016

A tree grows in Brighton.....that's right, NOT Brooklyn.

I love folk art and have collected
both antique pieces and various artists work
over the years. In my efforts to design
and create new and interesting pieces of Tramp Art
that are unique and original I am working
on a Bird Tree.

This particular Bird Tree is an anniversary present
for my husband. Once the tree has a
proper base or vintage box to attach itself to
I will be making new and different
Tramp Art clip-on birds to attache to the tree
for special occasions or just because.





The first bird is a Raven.
He holds two vintage German acorns in his beak.
They symbolize us as a couple and
that we will keep growing older, wiser and stronger
as the years go by.



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It is a gray and rainy day today!
As I walked through the garden the other morning
I took a few photos of nature that
caught my eye and thought I would share them
with you...










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At the moment, I am working on
weaving some miniature and full size Shaker Baskets.
Many, many years ago I took a class
from Martha Wetherbee. She is the foremost
authority on Shaker baskets and through
her studies and hard work she revived the art of
the Shaker Basket!

Here are some of the baskets I have made
along with a few of Martha's. I also make and collect
1 inch scale miniatures so I made the miniature
Shaker Alphabet Board based on a piece that had been
in the "Shaker Design" exhibit many years ago.

Lol, you may notice I like Ravens and Crows...





I will also be attempting to make a
1 inch scale violin case based on this exception
antique piece I saw from an antique shop.




I will be tweeting the case a bit but this was my first prototype.
As with my Tramp Art, I don't employ the use
of any power tools so this is all being done by hand
with an x-acto knife. I will be making a handful
of these cases and will be painting them to match the original.
A good friend and miniature artist has been most
generous and is sending me the hinges for at least on case.

Wish me luck!

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I hope you enjoyed this post. As always, I invite you to
take a look through my website and my Etsy Shop.
Feel free to spread the word about my work.
I thank you for your time, your friendship and your support.

Blessings.