Thursday, December 20, 2012

Visit to Philadelphia

Happy Holidays everyone! I haven't posted much recently, but have been busy with some new projects and will be sharing them in the coming weeks.

I've been working on my gift packaging! 

Last week for my husband's birthday we spent 2 days in the city. We live in the suburbs, so the "city" is Philadelphia. We live about 20 minutes outside, and go in pretty regularly to eat out or  to see a performance. But actually staying overnight is such a different experience.We had a great time!

Besides eating our way through Philadelphia, we managed to find time to act like tourists and take in some of the sights.


View from our hotel room - the Historic Independence National Historic Park

The new Barnes Foundation


Independence Hall - birthplace of the Deceleration of Independence and The Constitution 

The Liberty Bell - I haven't seen it since I was about 5!


Have a safe and happy holiday season everyone!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Art Exhibit - First Friday Main Line





Several of my larger collages are currently on display at Armen Chevrolet in Ardmore, PA now through February 2013 in conjunction with First Friday Main Line.  
















First Friday Main Line is a great event in Suburban Philadelphia that brings the arts to the Main Line area in unexpected places!








I'm really excited to be participating and hope you can stop by to check it out! 


And, last but not least, here is the obligatory photo for my husband of my art next to a red Corvette! 





Thursday, November 29, 2012

Art Tiles

Happy Holidays!

I'm very excited to announce art tiles featuring some of my favorite birdies are now available in my etsy shop! I am also going to be adding magnets and tote bags soon!

© Abby Sernoff 2012

© Abby Sernoff 2012

© Abby Sernoff 2012

© Abby Sernoff 2012



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving - Free Shipping


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday by far and I have so much to be grateful for this year!

Cheerful and Fearless Mixed Media Collage c Abby Sernoff

Now through Monday November 26, I am offering free shipping for all items in my etsy shop 111 Collage Design  Use the code FREESHIPNOV 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Circles


© Abby Sernoff 2012
I recently posted about bringing my camera while going for a walk and only photographing within one theme (see A Walk and a Treasure Hunt) Yesterday I decided to try this again. this time the theme was Circles. Here are the results. Enjoy! 


© Abby Sernoff 2012


© Abby Sernoff 2012

© Abby Sernoff 2012

© Abby Sernoff 2012

© Abby Sernoff 2012


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© Abby Sernoff 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

New Additions To My Art Studio

Recently I've become more proactive in organizing my art studio (I imagine joining Pinterest recently has had a little something to do with this!)

I've been having fun finding items generally used for home and kitchen organization and using them for storage in my art studio! Here are some of my new finds:

A free standing spice rack to store all my paints - I used to keep them in a paint storage box, but I love having them out and accessible! 

initially tried this old spice holder we already had but it was a little too wide to store the paint well, so I wouldn't recommend it.

I guess this is to store mail or magazines? It's perfect hanging in my art studio for all those odds and ends I never have a place for as well as a quick way to file business related papers. 


Plastic storage drawers are a no-brainer, but I recently started labeling them (I could really write a whole separate blog post about how much I love my label maker!) I used to keep some of these items organized in baskets, but the drawers are much more convenient and take up less space!


Here I am using a pot lid rack to store some of my canvases - it works really well! I think I might get another! 


I would love to hear about any other ideas for craft room/art studio storage!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gifts Under $25.00

I believe art should be accessible to everyone. There are plenty of original collages available in my Etsy shop under $25.00, and would make great holiday gifts! Click on the pictures below for more information.

© Abby Sernoff 2012
© Abby Sernoff 2012

© Abby Sernoff 2012

© Abby Sernoff 2012

© Abby Sernoff 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons...Make Art


© Abby Sernoff 2012

I don't write about being sick much. I would much rather focus on what I can do each day and on good days I even kind of forget I've been dealing with chronic illness for the past 9 years. But with my regular doctor appointment coming up this week (I go every few months,) it's kind of hard to ignore!


© Abby Sernoff 2012

Illness has changed my life dramatically, but one of the most striking changes is that it led me to begin making art. Prior to becoming ill I was someone who considered themselves crafty, but certainly not an artist, and I only had made collages once before - in high school.


© Abby Sernoff 2012 


© Abby Sernoff 2012 

Sometimes it's interesting to think about the fact that none of the art I've created would exist if I hadn't gotten sick. Yet I feel very strongly the my art comes from a place of healing, not illness. 

I believe going through any life altering experience can result in looking look at things differently, and for me my perspective about our world and my place in it has shifted in a big way. This is where my art comes from. 



© Abby Sernoff 2012 



Monday, November 5, 2012

Election Day Art - A Mosaic Collage

Mosaic Bird Collage © Abby Sernoff 2012 

As the election draws closer, every day brings more and more political flyers in the mail. They drive me crazy for several reasons, but one campaign in my State (Pennsylvania) is particularly awful. These flyers are really alarming. They are making terrible accusations against the incumbent and using really obvious fear tactics to do it! 

Some flyers I've received in the mail



Was it possible to take these awful flyers and turn them into something lovely? I decided to try my hand at a mosaic collage; I've never made one before! Note to politicians: in the future please use prettier colors in your ads - I didn't have a lot to work with here....


















First I cut the flyers into strips - cathartic!!!



Then I ripped them into tons of little pieces - even more cathartic!!!



Of course, I had to make a bird because I find them beautiful and to me they are symbols of hope. So here the collage I created using only the pieces of the political flyers and glue. I am really excited to have created something pretty out of this mess. Enjoy! 


Mosaic Bird Collage © Abby Sernoff 2012 


Mosaic Bird Collage © Abby Sernoff 2012