Friday, May 18, 2012

Quirky Fun Collagraphs of 1920's Ladies

© Susanne Clark  - The Ladies
Collagraph - Varied Open Edition
Some time back I created "The Ladies" a Collagraph showing two women with a 1920's look.  I wrote about them in a post called "I'm in Flap About Flappers".    The name "Flappers," I believe, comes from the popular fashion of the time of wearing floppy bows around the head.

People often think these are paintings but Collagraph is a form of hand pulled printmaking based on collage.  You can  read about the process on my web site. Each print is hand inked and printed on a printing press  Even though I can use the same plate to pull many prints from, each one is inked in a different set of colours and so is a unique work of art.

After creating "The Ladies" I decided it would be fun to do a few more in the same theme so I went ahead and made the collagraph plates ready for printing.  In the previous post I hadn't actually printed the new works but since then I have, and also added more "Ladies" to the series. Because the ladies are only very loosely based on the 1920's style I have been able to have fun with their design, making them look slightly  sexy and with exaggerated bows and hats.  The first prints I pulled all sold so this week I printed up some new ones and I'm quite pleased with the result.  I will be exhibiting them at several art shows around Toronto in the next few months.  Details are on my web site.
© Susanne Clark  - Fancy Flappers
 Collagraph - Varied Open Edition
My intention is to add more photos of "The Ladies" to my web site along with the current pieces that I have available from the Kimono Series.

Please share this post, or any others you find interesting, with your friends or people you think would be interested.  As an artist I really appreciate any help in getting my work out into the world.


Kathleen Krucoff said...

I'm glad you have decided to add more ladies to this series. They are so charming and I think you've capture the spirit of the era very well!

Susanne said...

Thanks Kathleen. I've enjoyed doing them. I don't know where these creative inspirations come from but they often lead me off on a tangent to do fun decorative pieces rather than serious art.

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

THey all have attitude! Nice work, Suzanne. And yes, I'm sharing! :)

Susanne said...

Thanks Deborah. I had fun getting the look with a slight sexy feel. Thank you too for sharing. I really appreciate it. I have been looking at your latest silk painting. As usual it is really beautiful! People in your area are so lucky to have a silk painting teacher that is so accomplished.

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