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My recent #trainticketart

The Diverse Manners exhibition is going well – there’s still nearly a week to see it if you haven’t already visited it!   Here is a photo of all the altered train tickets hanging there:

train ticket art hanging in rows on wall in Riverfront Art Centre

I arranged them in rows of dark and light or according to colour or subject matter.

 

Interestingly, when viewed from a distance they look almost like rows of patchwork squares stitched together!    The first time I took a photo I didn’t realise how dark it was and that the camera was still focussing and hadn’t yet taken the picture – it came out all blurry but still quite effective.

blurry photo of train ticket art in exhibition

This is surprisingly effective.

 

We had a ‘Meet the Artists’ afternoon a week ago and lots of people wanted to chat with me about the altered tickets and seemed fascinated by the way I had reused them (and by the sheer amount I had collected, I think!).  It was lovely getting feedback because it often feels quite isolated working at home on them day after day.

I am carrying on with the project on Instagram and have joined in a challenge called the 100 day project which involves posting one a day on Instagram for 100 days.  You can join in if you like, it can be anything – the whole thing is being coordinated via this website and if you search on Instagram for #the100dayproject you can see what everyone else is doing.

Here are my latest few tickets:

altered train ticket printed using a stamp on a gelli plate.

Printed using a stamp on a gelli plate.

train ticket art with abstract feather design

Abstract feather design

Another gelli plate print with added white gel pen markings to make lacy effect

Another gelli plate print with added white gel pen markings to make lacy effect

bright red and black abstract design on train ticket art

As you can see, I’ve been playing a lot with my gelli plate and this one is red acrylic paint followed by a layer of India ink.

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Art Plus Family History

Before the new year, I participated in a couple of online courses about blogging, and one thing that I seemed to take away from both of them was the fact that it’s okay to incorporate lots of things about your life into your blog, and that you don’t have to stick to one topic.  Then today, just as I was feeling guilty about not posting here for a couple of weeks,  I read Abby Glassenberg’s post on her blog entitled ‘How to keep blogging when you don’t really feel like it’.  One of the things she said was

“Or maybe you were only going to blog about polymer clay, but you’re also passionate about science fiction and find yourself wishing you could write about that as well? Just do it.”

Basically she said, go ahead, write about whatever you want to….

You may know that as well as art, I am keen on family history and have a genealogy blog as well as this one.  Recently I’ve been struggling to keep up both of them, so I’ve decided to incorporate the family history into this blog – after all, it’s about my life and background as well as my art.  It’s all story and narrative and I hope you find it interesting.  My aim is to build up a picture of some of my ancestors from what I know about them in the records so I’ll start by reworking some of my earlier genealogy blog posts  so that it makes sense in the context of this blog.

Meanwhile, in art news … I’ve been busy stitching together rows of train tickets and it’s looking pretty good!  We are hanging the exhibition on Wednesday – lots of shinning up ladders and getting tangled up in fishing wire I expect… The exhibition itself starts on 8 April when the Riverfront arts centre is opening after the Easter weekend and we are holding a Meet the Artists event from 2pm to 4pm on the following Saturday 11 April – if you are in the area, you are welcome to come along.  If you leave a comment that you’re hoping to come, I’ll look out for you.

Here are some of the rows of train tickets all stitched together, a sneak preview!

Here are some of the rows of train tickets all stitched together, a sneak preview!

Here is the poster about the exhibition; more information is on the Diverse Manners Facebook page.  Hope to see some of you there!

poster showing Beneath the Surface Exhibition, the Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport starting on 8 April.

Beneath the Surface Exhibition, the Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport starting on 8 April.

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Train ticket art – yes, it’s still going!

I’m still creating art out of my box of old train tickets. I got a gelli plate for Christmas (more on that in a subsequent post) so I’ve been using it to create backgrounds on the tickets – the gesso with which I prepared them picks up the acrylic paint really well.

A mosaic of some of my train ticket art

A mosaic of some of my train ticket art

 

Here is a mosaic of some of the tickets – the exhibition at the Riverfront arts centre in Newport is approaching.  The chairman of our group emailed us to ask for images of artwork for the centre to use on their website and I’m thrilled to say that they used one of mine.  It will be on from 8th to 24th April this year. 

I experimented with various ways of joining them together for the exhibit –

  • paperclips (bent the tickets too much)
  • wire (cut into the tickets and very fiddly)
  • stringing fishing wire or cord through (fiddly and didn’t hang very well)
  • split pins through holes – I’ve got some pretty decorative ones (eg with dragonflies on the ends) and this was tempting but the tickets had to be overlapped too much.

In the end I decided to go with good old faithful stitching, just a few stitches at the bottom and top of the tickets did the trick and meant I won’t have to make holes into all the tickets.  A bit like string piecing…

view of tickets attached with stitching

This is now I’m attaching them together but hopefully with a less conspicuous colour thread!

 

detail of stitching on train ticket art

It doesn’t have to be finished off, I want it to come apart pretty quickly at the end…

Here are some more tickets, one or two mostly finished, some with just a background layer so far.  I’ll have to stop creating them soon and stitch them together – I’m giving myself all of March to do that.  I want to try and arrange them in groups of some sort, not just randomly, but time will tell how successful that is.

A recent selection of painted and printed train ticket art.

A recent selection of painted and printed train ticket art.

If you’re in the South Wales area in April, do drop into our exhibition.  I will keep you informed of progress!

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