Friday, February 20, 2009

airing my dirty laundry

update 2/23: no time for a post today, but i wanted to let you know the winners, courtesy of the random number generator (based on the order in which you commented.) and since i have SO many of these to give away, and i like to change my mind, i chose six winners instead of four. so: lori anderson designs, stampmaiden, vantiani, valentina, veja cecilia, and sharon - please send me your addresses at artsyville (at) gmail.com and i'll send your little clothespins packages to you this week! :)










well, OK, i'm not going to air my dirty laundry here, but i certainly could if i wanted to, because i just collaged 300 clothespins - the pictures above just show a few of them. i've been very scattered in artsyville this week (sorry, i haven't done many blog visits either) and the time was ripe for a creative explosion to put things back into order. and one happened. ricё sent me a stack of random magazine pages a few weeks ago, and while i was cutting them up, a hazy shot of some simply adorned clothespins in somerset life caught my eye. i couldn't find the photo credit or otherwise i'd mention it here.

anyway, i'm not sure how that artist did it, but here's what i did. i had a glass of wine, grabbed a stack of magazines, and went scavenging. this is my favorite part of collage - finding those little details that have the chance to shine on their own once they're liberated from their sources. i glued the pieces on cardstock to firm them up a bit, trimmed them to 1/2" x 3/4" with a paper cutter, and then glued the pieces to the top of the clothespin. the process was so simple and relaxing - just what i needed to get realigned. of course, for me, no project involving a paper cutter is complete until i've sustained an injury, and now my left thumb is under wraps. it got a little too close to the paper cutter. poor clumsy thing just wanted to be involved in the fun.

but never mind that, now i have lots of little pins to hang my memories and bits of inspiration, including some awesome tags from jess and a few beautiful tiny red drawings that arrived with thereza's zine a few months ago. and, with over three hundred of these things, i have more than i can possibly use for myself, so if you'd like a set of six pins, please leave a comment over the weekend and i'll draw four names on monday. this could be your lucky day! don't delay - enter now!

40 comments:

S.E.Minegar said...

These are great! An inspiring way to pin up one's inspirations.

Nina Crittenden said...

What a fun project! I decided today to sew buttons on my boring winter hat. Ah, the life of an artist! :)

~Barb~ said...

They are fantastic! And isn't it great what one little creative endeavor can do for the psyche?!?
Count me in, I love to have pieces of any kind from all the artists I love so this is a way to (hopefully) infuse you into my studio!
Peace & Love,
~Barb~
craft4therapy@gmail.com

Stampmaiden said...

Oh WOW, Aimee! These are thee coolest clothes pins I've ever seen. I love them! They are simply put, beautiful-cool.
Linda

cindy : quaint said...

oh wow, you got on a collaging, clothespin roll! they are great and it looks like someone was lucky at target, too ;).

aimee said...

double lucky! i left target with three hundred fifty clothespins and that orla kiely tablecloth feeling that somehow my day was complete.

painted fish studio said...

a perfect evening! wine, collaging, burst of creativity! here's hoping that happens for me tonight! love the clothes pins!

Miss Aimee said...

wonderful! I use these for EVERYTHING. I will one day post a photo of my office and you will see.
:)

●• Tiny Red said...

YAY for the cute pegs! :)
a lot of work it must've been, to produce that many!!!

have a nice weekend :)))

Bella Sinclair said...

Whoaaaaa! That's so cool! I love that you were inspired by a chance glimpse and then took action instead of putting it on your "one day..." list, as I always do. They are all so adorable. What fantastic little pictures! And I love the things that you've clipped with them. But I think my favorite one of all has to be the drawing that says, "I love this girl" and the girl saying, "Help." CRACKS me up!

I would SOOOOOO love some of these!

daisy janie : scoutie girl said...

That is stamina!!!!! They look so cool! I have hemp rope that hangs from a curtain rod in my studio - I clothespin designs to it so I can see them in different lights and moods, and decide if I like it. Your fab pins would be waaaaay better than the white plastic ones!

Ces said...

Aimee, oh my. I have a post in Edit mode titled "Dirty Laundry".

This is very clever and quite inspirational project. I like the idea of the clothespin with the beautiful notes and cards. I think this is what I need in my office. Instead I have several yellow sticky notes. What would happen if one of your artsy girls hang their socks on the board?

Bill Ross said...

You are pretty much awesome!

Bill Ross said...

Er... I mean, your work is. I don't know you.

Freshly Found said...

Such colourful creativeness!

BT said...

I've just found your blog and how wonderful it is too. The best best part of collage is finding the magazines and going through and cutting out. I love it. Those clothes pins are a delight, well done for doing so many. I'd love some too! If not, I'll make some.

joanne said...

whaaaaa???? another injury???? you poor girl...you really do suffer for your art...

these are adorable...every single one you've shown here...i love how these kinds of projects can come along at just the right time to give a lift...

Sharon said...

WOW!! Very cool. My problem is I got rid of stacks of magazines before I got into this collage/art journal thing and so have not too many zines around. But I am making a trip to a flea market this morning and see what I can come up with. Very Very Fun. Thanx for sharing. Sharon

Cecilia said...

Art holding art!
I love this creation. I am going to try this.
Thank you for the inspiration!

Cecilia said...

Dirty laundry never looked so good! I can't wait to see your studio.

Tita Moma said...

This is a cute idea and one I must forward on to my daughter so that she can make an ever-changing gallery of my grandchildren's art.

Lynn Fisher said...

Wow, your version of this is incredable! Very creative and fun. (I love your addition of the all important wine before you start a project to)
Just beautiful Aimee!
-Lynn

L'Atelier said...

omg! they are fabulous- and i really really hope i'll win some :D
have a fabulous weekend, and i hope that your thumb is gettting better real quickly

S.Dixon said...

Love your clothes pins! just learning to blog. your site was the first one that my daughter directed me to.

Ricë said...

absolutely fabulous, my dear! and now here's something i shouldn't tell you: to make a great stain for wood, mix acrylic paint with water, slop it on, blot with a paper towel, and voilà: tinted clothespins. or the Wood of Your Choice. ahhhhhh.

don't hate me for being an enabler.

Lori Anderson Designs said...

Those are terrific! It would be so much fun to rearrange them every day.

●• Tiny Red said...

have you added pictures to this post??
i've just noticed shy tiny red there :) i hadn;t before...
:D
have a lovely weekend!!!

Anairam said...

Oh, man! I LOVE your clothes pegs, I really do!

Bev said...

I love them...a project I need to do once I finish all the other things that are on my list..heheh!! My thumb sends a little note hoping that your thumb feels better. My thumb and finger find their way when I'm cutting too...wonder why they can't keep their *nosetips* out of our way??? Blessings, oh and add me to your list for the pins!!!
http://bevie2u2.blogspot.com

Veja cecilia said...

oh I like these:)

Marie-Louise said...

nice idea!

heather smith jones said...

aimee i love how your creativity just bursts with enthusiasm! and i also like how you say you are liberating the details and giving them a new life.
i hope you and your family had a great weekend and that you sustained no more injuries! :)

vantiani said...

Oh what an inspiring craft!
Thank you so much for sharing them!

Vantiani.

FruensWerk2 said...

Super project...Thanks for getting me in here...haha..
And I IN..I always have SO much dirty laundry...haha...
But no time to make cool pins these days...:)
BIG hugs

Esti said...

How fun!!
Clothespins are a favourite object around home... :)

~Valentina~ said...

OMG! I *LOVE* the idea :) They looks great!

peggy gatto said...

thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
fabulous!

elizabeth said...

hmm, just seeing this on Monday. I'm going to go out on a limb and hope I'm not too late to enter. Even if I am.. these are so cute! And manageable for the less crafty among us (that's me!)

aimee said...

yes, the drawing is still open! i'm finishing up a project this afternoon, so i won't get to the drawing until later this evening.

great to see lots of new 'faces' here - welcome to freshly found, BT, cecilia, s. dixon, lori, bev, marie-louise, vantiani, and welcome back everyone else! thanks for stopping by :)

please sir said...

Looking great - what a wonderful idea!