Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Some Wisdom - a New Collage


"Be happy, it is a way of being wise" - Colette 

Original Mixed Media Collage © Abby Sernoff 2013
Original Mixed Media Collage © Abby Sernoff 2013

Original Mixed Media Collage © Abby Sernoff 2013
Original Mixed Media Collage © Abby Sernoff 2013


Original Mixed Media Collage © Abby Sernoff 2013


Original Mixed Media Collage © Abby Sernoff 2013
Original Mixed Media Collage © Abby Sernoff 2013

                                                                                                                                   xo Abby

Friday, January 25, 2013

Illustration Friday: Wings

Today's Illustration Friday topic is Wings - well, I just have to participate in this one!

This is a paper collage I created in 2007 titled "Acceptance/Integration." I was dealing with some very serious health issues at the time and the title of this collage refers to my search for health and healing.

Bird Art Collage Dove Acceptance/Integration © Abby Sernoff
Acceptance/Integration © Abby Sernoff 

Bird Art Collage Dove Acceptance/Integration © Abby Sernoff
Acceptance/Integration © Abby Sernoff 

                                                                                                                                     xo Abby

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Necklaces!





I am very excited to announce I am now featuring in my Etsy shop some of my favorite collages as pendant necklaces! You can see them here.













                                                                                                                             xo Abby

Friday, January 18, 2013

Illustration Friday: Myth

"Ready for Balance" c Abby Sernoff

I haven't participated in Illustration Friday for a while, but this weeks topic, Myth, really struck a chord with me. Much of my artwork is influenced the mythology that surrounds creatures, especially birds.






I love mythology because, when you study it, you realize that human beings have been asking the same questions about our existence (Why are we here? What does it all mean?) since the beginning of time. The same struggles and, hopefully, triumphs, connect us all and are an integral part of the Human Experience. Mythology reminds us it has always been that way.

Here is an early collage (2007) I created based on the mythology of crows. It is called "Ready for Balance" and represents something I was searching for in my life at the time.

"Ready for Balance" c Abby Sernoff

Crow is a harbinger of change. They teach the power and balance of light and dark. Create and manifest: all of life is waiting.


Close up of the words in the grass



                                                                                                                              xo Abby

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Very Special Commission - Enchanted Makeovers


About Enchanted Makeovers-


Recently, I contacted a non profit organization I had learned about called Enchanted Makeovers. 


Enchanted Makeovers is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform homeless shelters into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change and support for those rebuilding their lives.

This organization in particular spoke to me for several reasons. As many of you know, I have been dealing with chronic illness (at times severe) for several years. Along the way, I've learned a few things. (1) Anything can happen to anyone and (2) The environment one resides in can have a huge impact on healing and well being.



One of the collages I donated to Enchanted Makeovers

I had learned Enchanted Makeovers were looking for donations from crafters and artists to help with their mission. I gladly donated a few items chosen by the Enchanted Makeovers founder Terry Grahl, but she had an additional special request for me. 

She was wondering if I could create a special commemorative collage that Enchanted Makeovers could leave behind at their current project. Of course I said yes! The current project is quite an undertaking - their biggest project yet!  

They are  currently working at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to transform Genesis House. Genesis House is home to female veterans, many of whom are disabled, and their children. Enchanted Makeovers will transform 21 bedrooms with 53 beds, hallways and create a sacred sewing room.


Collage I made for Enchanted Makeovers featuring "before" pictures of Genesis House

I would also like to give a special thank you to Merion Art and Repro in Ardmore, PA who helped me professionally frame this collage at no additional cost! (I didn't get a picture of the collage framed but the frame is red and it looks awesome!) 

I am so excited to be a part of this journey! If you take a look at the Enchanted Makeovers facebook page you can see the amazing donations pouring in daily. The big reveal day is January 19th - I seriously can't wait and feel honored that something I created will remain long after this project is finished! 

                                                                                              xo Abby 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Magnets are here!


I hope everyone had a Happy New Year!  

To kick off 2013, I am now offering magnets of some of my favorite birdies ( and one turtle) in my etsy shop 111 Collage Design! 










 

                                                                                                                         xo Abby