I've been flat out at work lately, but I decided to set aside Saturday for some long overdue crafting time. Works on paper were the order of the day, and I particularly wanted to make use of these lovely cardboard mounts in assorted sizes and colours that I bought locally from Factory Frames.
The plan was to design a couple of small editions of single poems for Pania Press, the first of which is a poem by Jack Ross called 'Lounge Room Tribalism,' inspired by the painting of the same name by Graham Fletcher that hangs in our lounge:
Bronwyn and Jack at home - photo by Katharina Jaeger
First, I typed out the poem on a delightfully wonky vintage typewriter my brother Greg bought for my birthday:
Lounge Room Tribalism
(for Graham Fletcher)
that was the
term we coined
for our in
to the cor
you can't take
ing iut on
that wild lawn
Then I started playing around with this assortment of coloured paper cut-outs that Graham gave me last year. He made them while he was developing his first series of Lounge Room Tribalism paintings in 2009, but he only used a few of them, and asked if I'd like to have the rest. Some of the shapes are inspired by Polynesian statues and carvings, others look like insects and sea creatures, and some are just strange amorphous shapes. Seeing the glorious Matisse cut-outs at the Auckland Art Gallery recently inspired me to dig out Graham's paper cut-outs and have a play.
Here are a few text and cut-out combinations I've put together: