Monthly Archives: May 2014

artEAST’s 150 Feet of Art Auction ends Saturday

2014 150 Feet Becky Michelle Preservation
“Preservation” – Michelle Brode & Becky Brooks – collaged paper, acrylic, gems on canvas

This year artEAST, Issaquah’s wonderful local non-profit arts organization, encouraged collaboration on the artwork submitted for the 150 Feet of Art Auction, and I collaborated with two artists to ultimately create a total of three pieces.

Michelle Brode and I proceeded by passing  the requisite 12″ x 12″ canvas back and forth to complete it. I created the background with torn paper from a flower-arranging guide and a couple glazes of color, from which Michelle determined the subject, adding her own carefully cut shapes from a photocopy of an interesting map. On the next pass, we had a short discussion on possible ways to complete it. Responding to Michelle’s focal point, I then finished the piece by adding more color as well as the butterfly wings to tie the piece together. The clear gems and a final radiating layer of acrylic self-leveling gel added dimension, and we titled it “Preservation.” All bidding is online, and you can bid on it here.

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Basic palette of papers for Liz’s and my collaboration. Liz used her own papers following this scheme.

Liz Ruest summed up our process in a blog entry on her site. (Take a minute to go read it, and then come back. There you can view our original pieces as well as our two final pieces—click on each image to see a larger version.) Back on this page, I have added a few more photos of the process. As you can see, we decided to use circles within our basic grid idea. You can bid on “Depends on the Month” here and on “Healthy Tension” here.

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Liz and I shared the pages of a chapter out of this book published in 1956. This was our only common paper as we created each of our original collages.

What fun! Each collaboration was a completely different process and learning experience. It’s fascinating to see how our different styles got combined, and yet you can see the influences on each final piece.

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Liz and I determined how to cut and combine each of our original 12″ x 12″ pieces into a new whole, then attached half of them to a painted 12″ x 12″ wood panel, creating “Depends on the Month.” The second piece, “Healthy Tension,” was created from the remaining pieces along with a few unifying elements.

Five other past Flying House artists have artwork in the auction, all of them collaborations with other artists. Click on the name to go to their auction item: Sue Danielson, Molly Hueffed, Jamie McKay, Gretchen Van Dyke, and Rickie Wolfe.

The auction ends Saturday night, May 17, so if you can, be sure to go see the display in person at 95 Front Street North in downtown Issaquah and get your bids in! All proceeds benefit artEAST.

Bunny’s Bath 12th Anniversary Sale!

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I’ve gotten a little behind on the activities of “my artists,” but here’s an announcement of a 25% off anniversary sale (with online promo code 12years) on Bunny’s Bath products through the end of May! I know many of you, like me, have gotten hooked on her fine natural bath and body products. My skin is all the better for it.

Lyn says, “I have personally developed all the formulations and hand make everything in small batches to maintain freshness. I have spent many hours researching ingredients to find the best natural components for healthy and beautiful skin, and I use only the finest quality plant oils and extracts that I can find. Best of all you won’t find any of those difficult to pronounce ingredients with long chemical names on our labels because the products never contain any silicones, petroleum based ingredients, paraben or formaldehyde producing preservatives, glycols, dyes, sulfates, or other synthetics. I hear from many customers who have had trouble finding skin care products they can use, and they tell me how happy they are to have finally found products they can use with out a negative reaction.”

Happy Anniversary, Lyn! I’m so happy that you’ve been with me since the beginning of Flying House Art & Craft Sale, as one of my “anchors.”

Ready to stock up or try something new? Shop here, and don’t forget the promo code to get 25% off EVERYTHING.

Note: Bunny’s Bath can also be found at a number of  retailers on the Olympic Peninsula, as well as The Herbfarm in Woodinville (with private label). A full list is here.