Wednesday, 29 July 2009

DisCo Reveal!

That's right - it's time for the big reveal! I'm posting mine slightly early because I'm going to be a busy girl on the 1st of August - what with my birthday and all!

Anyway...here we go (oh and please note, you can FINALLY enlarge my images by clicking on them! Hooray! For some reason, when I disabled the right click function on my blog, it also disabled the enlarging option - but I've finally figured out a way to get round that now...so yay!)

Well, it all began in March when Seth from The Altered Page proposed that we participate in his newest and coolest collaboration. Called the Disintegration Collaboration, we had to make a little bundle of materials that we would then expose to the elements. Here's mine, just newly hung in our family's young oak tree in our backyard - before the elements begin to take their toll and weather it:

and then after:

Amazingly, after being hung in our oak tree, then left to drown in our pond and finally buried in our garden, it didn't look too bad! But then the rains came - constant and seemingly forever - all through the months of May and June. This wet weather did take its toll, however, as the bundle was too mucky to bring inside, I had to try and dry it outside under our veranda. So the wet weather didn't allow my bundle to dry very fast and over the weeks mould began to grow on it! Now THIS was a very exciting development!

Finally, I had to stop the mould from growing, so I relented and brought it inside to dry - this time putting it in our airing cupboard. The damp mouldy pages began to dry out and finally began to warp and become nice and crisp.

Now that it was dry it was time to commence work on the final, finished art piece. Much to my delight, as I began to disassemble the canvas and pull it away from its frame, I found that the wood underneath the canvas was also stained - with black mould spore! This I would play up to, as I slowly altered the frame.

As some of you may have read from my earlier blog posting - this final piece was about celebrating the birth of my son last year on the same day that my best friend Lenny had died, 12 years before. The young oak tree my bundle was hung from, is the oak tree that Lenny gifted us just before he died. So my final piece reflects these elements to my story. I have copied this story, using quill and ink, onto the paper dyed pink from the elements, behind the little tree and the frame that it sits in:



The tree itself is actually a pumkin vine, left over from this year's pumpkin harvest from my friend's garden whom we first met at Lenny's funeral. I've dyed it black and then mounted it into the frame.

55 comments:

lyle baxter said...

deb! your piece really looks like something and it is very hard to make something out of the odd assorted bits. good going! lyle

Lisa said...

it's beautiful and I love the sentiment behind your creation.. what a memorable process!

Debrina said...

Thanks Lisa; thanks Lyle! Yes, this piece is very very dear to my heart. I have Seth to thank for being the catalyst there.

MrCachet said...

I came to Seth's blog very late - only about a month ago, and didn't learn of this little exercise in disintegration until REALLY late. I didn't get a chance to play, but on the other hand - ALL the old paper I use has the weathered look about it, so I know what the attraction is all about. This is a very nice piece and I like that you've told a little story to go with. Little stories are always good!

3rdEyeMuse said...

I am amazed ... it's really an inspired piece and a fitting tribute to both your son and Lenny, I think. Wow.

Mar said...

a gorgeous tribute
and lovely story
the finale turned out so well!

i have to admit as i looked and actually read the whole post
(yes i am very bad about not reading the words and just looking at the pictures..and really i get miffed when others do it to me...so i shouldn't do that!)
i wondered

now just HOW is she going to take this and create

you so surpassed my imaginings
mmph girl mmmph

Ginny Gaskill said...

You are the first completed DisCo piece I have seen. If this is an example of what they are going to look like we are in for a real treat. Your piece is great.

Corrine said...

Fantastic work of art. Really well done.

bubblemunch said...

What an amazing piece.

Have a wonderful, joyful, fun-filled birthday.

Lisa Sarsfield said...

A beautiful piece Debrina! Something very precious to you and moving to your readers. Just wonderful!

Happppppyyyy Birrrrrthhhhday! For the 1st BTW!

Debrina said...

Yes - thank you for my birthday wishes and thanks everyone for your continuing support and wonderful comments. You keep me alive in my creativity and are all so very inspiring yourselves!!!!!!!

Sharon said...

Your piece is amazing. It is rich with everything, sentiment, color, design and love.

La Dolce Vita said...

Your piece is just wonderful and an inspiring tribute to your friend who died and your new babe! thanks for sharing!

diane said...

Debrina~
Absolutely stunning! I love it, and the tribute it proclaims =)
Well done.
I will be finishing mine, hopefully, by tomorrow =)
Take care and Happy Birthday!!

Julie said...

What a beautiful piece of art and how lovely to incorporate so many memories. (Haven't started mine yet).

Julie said...

What a beautiful piece of art and how lovely to incorporate so many memories. (Haven't started mine yet).

DymphieM said...

what a wonderful frame, love the meaningfulness of it, great job.

Happy Birthday :)

n2theblue said...

i love what you did with this

Lani Gerity said...

Oh, lovely Debrina!
What fun this has been!

Lawendula said...

It looks really wonderful! Greetings from Germany!

The Gypsy said...

Debs, this is really wonderful, and such a great story from a very warm heart and soul like yours!

Hugs

Nikki Lee Anne Ghilain said...

This is so beautiful....and the story....tears and joy!

Coastcard said...

This is terrific! Greetings from Swansea, Wales, UK.

Karin Bartimole said...

wow, these materials wen through a whole lot of *disco*! and I love what they evolved into - beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your evoltuin :)

Gail P said...

Absolutely lovely!

Ontheroad said...

Love the outcome.

deb said...

oh beautiful and moving, I love how tall and elegant it is!

nancy neva gagliano said...

exquisite!! i want it!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is a stunning piece of art and the symbolism behind it was overwhelmingly touching. Your art rocks!

Pattio said...

This is stunning and such a beautiful tribute. Congrats

Studio Sylvia said...

Terrific and well done.

femminismo said...

Lovely work. Such colors! What nature gives us when we let something "live" in it. - Jeanne

BT said...

What a beautiful piece of work and how fitting a tribute to Lenny and the birth of your son. I do hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Renee Howell said...

Such a meaningful piece from the birth of disintegration. It's so wonderful how meaningful all the pieces have been to the artist's. Thank you. And - Happy Birthday!

Julie Prichard said...

What a beautiful piece of art!

Jo Reimer said...

So beautiful, and to think it was created from compost.

rachel whetzel said...

Oh, Deb!! It's BEAUTIFUL!! So happy to have taken this artistic journey with you!!

luthien said...

a fantastic concept by seth that brought about an absolutely magical outcome by you! i am enthralled!

Margaret said...

beautiful post Debrina, Mx

Maj said...

Beautiful!

Debrina said...

Oh my goodness! I haven't blogged since Saturday, so when I hopped on this morning to check on things, I couldn't believe I had so many amazing comments to read through! And being such the silly, sentimental thing I am, I began to cry, because all your words of kindness went straight to my heart, where Lenny and my son live. Thank you to you all; you are such a wonderful, special and loving community of artists and art appreciators.

Bea said...

Stunning......just stunning.....I am looking at your creation and have visited other blogs and I am absolutely floored by the beauty of it all. :)Bea
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Kim said...

Hi Deb, wonderful piece, think this might be one of my favs from the project. Wonderful story to the piece as well which makes it all the more interesting. Hope your birthday was fab and you celebrated in style!

Patti said...

what a great project - and outcome... love the story, how life comes full circle in so many ways.
blessings!

Tami B. said...

Such a lovely art piece for a beautiful tribute. I love all the depth of texture and colors you achieved with it.

herminesplace said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

alteredbits said...

this is absolutely gorgeous, sweet friend! and i did not know the story of your friend and the birth of your son -- that is so touching -- the tree, and all of it. this is so beautiful in all ways imaginable. thank you so much for sharing!

hugs to you and the boys!

Seth said...

An absolutely beautiful and meaningful piece Deb! I remember the story behind the bundle from your earlier post and you took these materials and made such a fitting tribute! Well done!! Thanks so much for being a part of this collaboration!!!

notmassproduced said...

Hi - this is beautiful - u really made it from your heart. I think it's lovely.

in answer to ur question - yes it's the Paint programme in windows. i just used the drawing and painting tools!

Debrina said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, ALL YOU LOVELY SOULS. This has been the most amazing experience for all of us, I'm quite sure of that. I don't know about all of you, but I am going to do something very nice for Seth in the coming weeks...be it mail art, or a special gift all the way from New Zealand, or something, anyway, to let him know how pivotal he has been in bringing us all together.

Jill Zaheer said...

What an incredible journey this project has taken you through- the process, the heartfelt soul you've put into it, and the singular beauty of your new disco remembrance treasure. The meaning behind your artwork is one to always think about- a living tribute from the disintegration project- a birth to build on a keep forever. Thanks so much for sharing your story, in words and through your artwork.
Stunning! Wanted to also send you happy belated birtday wishes of continued creativity and happiness for you- and thanks so much for your kind comments on my posting! It too was a labor of love!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

absolutely fantastic what you've created with your beautiful bundle, so meaningful and heartfelt! The "tree" is great!
Hope you are still celebrating your birthday!!!

Judy said...

love it, love the symbolism and especially what you created. Stunning

donnaj said...

lovely~great tribute to your friend!

The Artful Eye said...

What a beautiful piece and tribute to a dear friend and the birth of your son.

I love the way you incorporated all these wonderful memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Happy Belated Birthday! May you have many more.