Wee Cottage Lane Christmas

Wee Cottage Lane  Christmas
by Laura Pallatin of LaBelle Mariposa

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Collecting beautiful things for ART!

Enamel, plastic, and other brightly colored pins

I have the most wonderful excuse for collecting beautiful (little) things for my "Altared Books." Since my work encompasses so many themes, I am always on the lookout for fun items to bring my imagined scenes to life. Sometimes, I imagine a theme in my mind and then add it to my list. Then, when I'm out cruising for goodies, I check my list to keep that new idea in mind. Often times, though, I find an unusual piece and am moved to create a whole book around that item. I wonder if a viewer even knows what the inspiration was when viewing my work. I hope that everyone brings their own interpretation to the piece. In this way, each person makes the art their own experience. I love it when people tell me a story that they come up with for a book. I feel it gives the art a whole other life. 

Springy collection for an upcoming Easter "Altared Book"

Today, I'm working on a spooky Fall themed book. I'm using a stamp I made, punched birds and leaves, various fabrics, paint, inks, broken pottery bits, as well as many jewelry pieces. 

Sparkly pin collection for books (or maybe a bouquet?)

While I'm in love with this book, I am already looking forward to rounding out the collection of Springy thingies to make a happy little Easter book. I so enjoy bringing home, and sorting through my treasure, that I thought I'd share some of my pretties with you here. 

I hope you enjoy the eye candy as much as I do! 

Laura P.

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