Thursday, September 30, 2010

Linda Solovic : : mixed-media collage

Welcome to the magical world of Linda Solovic.  Her studio is a feast for the eyes, a sunlight bath and a color explosion all rolled into one. 
Linda is a mixed-media collage artist and illustrator in every sense of the word, creating in paper, fabric, plush, and ephemera galore. (I'm sorry I don't have a photo to show of a heart she created out of wooden spools...brilliant!)
 When she's not creating art, she's mentoring artists, teaching at Washington University in St. Louis.
Linda has been featured in Holiday Craft magazine, Mary Englebreit's Home Companion, Print + Pattern, and the book 1000 Handmade Greeting Cards. Most recently, she was featured in the magazine Australian Homespun.
A colleague named this space "Linda Land." The name stuck and is now shared with her new blog.
Everywhere you look, things are in place. I'm working to convince her to share organizing tips on her blog - wouldn't that be fantastic?
She even let me peek in her closet, where I assumed I'd find something shoved in. Nope.
Linda loves to collect illustrations from the 50s and 60s, beautiful old books, handmade plushes, artwork with birds...
 ...and snow globes. Here's a small sampling! She also loves to collect art that she finds on etsy.
Here are just a few of Linda's prototype items.
Linda often uses recycled paper and ephemera in her work. Original illustrations are constructed on old book and record covers because of their beautiful textures and patinas. (The black owl print in the background is one of her best etsy sellers!)
Wondering about all those intricate details? Linda says she couldn't create without a Zig 2-way glue pen, Fabri-tac, an Xacto knife and her mini Fiskar scissors. She also loves Uniball Signo gel pens, reporting they work every single time and are perfectly opaque. I'm hoping to come back another day to show you her beautiful home and garden, which she shares with her husband and daughter (who are also artists)!

Thank you Linda!

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