Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Full Set of Pocketbook Prints!




It speaks to my optimism that this One-Year project turned into a Two-Year project.  I loved the idea of printing and distributing a Print-of-the-Month.  Here they are, all twelve, and they have evolved as the years presented different ideas, attitudes and insights.  At the beginning of this series, I thought I would comment on the financial aspects of living in a strained economy but there is too much negativity in that.  I have always been more interested in what we can do as individuals. 

Each pocketbook print began as drawing of the genuine article.  Many are handmade, some from famous designers, some are simply delightful in their shape, texture, the way they close and open, the way they are carried or embellished.  I tried to choose them by seasonal interest and selected an alternating pattern of 'rounds' and 'rectangles' so that if they were hung together they would have a good graphic presence.  I thought of the purses that were made from animals.  I am not promoting the use of the good creatures who share the planet with us, but when these were made that was not the general attitude.  In using the old time phrase for the title of two purses at the bottom corners "see you later alligator" and "after a while crocodile" , I am hoping to evoke an era from long ago.

There are formal and informal purses, good for all of the occasions that life brings.  I really enjoyed creating this series and look forward to sharing it. 

 This first bag is made of rayon cloth, with many pleats which makes a nice design and texture.  The next is lizard.  The third is a sparkley beaded bag with a long beaded strap.  A snake skin is next, which was once thought to bring prosperity.  A round ribbon woven bag with hard sides,( really fun to carve).  The next is a little suede bag which reminds me of a sexy bustier.  A straw bag for the summer time with flowers of course.  A corded bag with a great design.  A so shiney satin bag with a sparkley clasp.  The next is alligator.  Then, a wild west hand tooled pruse.  Finally, the crocodile, this purse fascinated and frightened me as a child, but I felt I should honor the poor creature all the same.

  My Mom loved style, interesting, dynamic, feminine, fearless and of fine quality, much like her! 












Hope you enjoy this collection of imagery. 




Copyright remains with the artist, use of imagery without permission is not allowed.

8 comments:

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    1. Thank you Bette! It's been quite the journey. :)

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  2. When I clicked on the images and looked at the large higher-resolution versions I was blown away! They're gorgeous! A nice light touch on a heavy topic.

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    1. Thank you Annie! I so much enjoyed this project, I almost feel like I 'graduated' from something, a growth ring, perhaps. It's a good topic to wrestle with, as you know. Thank you again.

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  3. Exquisite images, beautifully rendered & carved. Great design overall.

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    1. Thank you Sue. I had a chance to look at your sight and loved your designs! Thanks again, for your comments, and interest.

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