All posts by Sara Pearce

Out On A Limb: 80 rpm

Final post for today. Made with: antique trade card (American Song Birds: No. 12, Mockingbird, Singer Sewing Machine Co., 1898), record sleeve (Columbia Grafonola) and endpaper (The New Garden Encyclopedia, 1936); vintage sheet music (The Etude magazine, 1905) and endpaper (Field Guide to the Birds: Eastern Land & Water Birds, 1947); ink, watercolor, acrylic sealer and…

Out On A Limb: 19

Made with antique trade card (American Song Birds: Cardinal, Singer Sewing Machine Co., 1898) and map of Ohio; vintage Audubon birds coloring book page (circa 1930s); recycled greeting cards; ink, marker, watercolor, acrylic sealer and acrylic varnish. 5” x 5” on a cradled, hardwood panel.

Out On A limb: 19

Another collage combining black and white, and color images of birds. The "wood" in the collage came from a glass catalog (my Cincinnati studio is in a restored factory that also houses a glass school).  Made with antique and vintage illustrations (The Chatterbox,1899; John James Audubon calendar); recycled glass catalog; watercolor; chalk; ink; acrylic sealer; acrylic…

Out On A Limb: 9

I'm posting a few of my Out on a Limb collages before CPS' "put a bird on it" month ends. For quite some time, I've been juxtaposing black & white images of birds with color images. All the collages are on 5" or 6" inch square hardwood panels. This mixed-media piece was made with  vintage…

First responders

© mixed-media collage by Sara Pearce made with antique illustrations (The Chatterbox, 1874; The Ladies’ World, Oct. 1895, Oct. 1896; Delineator April 1894, Oct. 1904); vintage map (Pa. Geological Survey, 4th Series, Special Bulletin 8, Plate 6, 1957); recycled watercolor painting, wrapping paper, greeting card; ink, watercolor, marker, colored pencil; archival mat board. 19" x 12"…

Meditation

  © Meditation  Mixed-media collage by Sara Pearce. Made with original antique engraving (Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, June 1888), text (First Lessons in Numbers, 1865; Spencerian System of Penmanship, 1888) and paper. Vintage parcel post zone ruler and illustrations (Art Forms in Nature; Insects & Flowers: The Art of Maria Sibylla Merian). Recycled greeting cards…

Shapeshifting 2

  Another of the mixed-media Shapeshifting collages. The subtitle is "Change was in the air."  It was made with: an antique map (Winds and the Course of Storms, Guyot's Physical Geography, 1873) and illustrations (The Gibson Book: Vol. 2, 1906; Delineator, Sept. 1899, Dec. 1901, Sept. 1903, March 1910; The Ladies' World, Jan., Feb. and Oct.…

Shapeshifting

This is a new, mixed-media collage in my "Shapeshifting" series. In each of the collages, women toss out their corsets and, sometimes, other "beauty" aids. The subtitle on this is "Edith threw caution – and, perhaps, her inheritance – to the wind."  It's made with all original papers – no photocopies or digital images –…

The Grand Tour: One Small Step

I've been working on a series called The Grand Tour for a while now. It began as a way to showcase the hand-painted, fashion plates found in 19th century women's magazines such as Godey's Lady's Book and Peterson's. As the series has progressed, the women have become more daring – venturing further away from the requisite stops…

Shell Shocked

I have been working a lot with 19th century fashion plates, usually the hand-colored ones. But I liked this image of the two women in "bathing costumes" from The Delineator (a magazine published by Butterick) and wanted to create a summery collage. As the piece evolved more and more of the beach they were standing…