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Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 2015 Mail Art - To and From.

E's altered vintage image I used to decorate 2 envelopes
Mail art from E

E's "Typewriter Heaven" - vintage typewriter image

E's mail art to me includes lots of excellent vintage stamps

my mail art to E, toile la la art and image

Toile La La mail art altered hat with veil image
Number One asleep in a too-small cubbyhole
Surprise! Number One tests her balance in a game of peekaboo.
I am a prolific mail art correspondent. Mail art is a great way to channel, combine, and share my interests in art, fashion, history, collage, and journaling.  The main recipients are my friend E - with whom I've shared correspondence off and on for many many years - and my daughter M.  I've found E particularly loves historical items of all sorts, fonts, stamps, embossed seals, and texture.  I discovered her love for texture when I incorporated stitching in a letter to E.  M likes new, different - modern, and she notices (of all things) the sound of the paper! 

In the past two years of exchange, E and I have become more elaborate in our mail creations - incorporating many found items, vintage clippings and ephemera.  Lately we've even been recycling each other's artwork.  You can see an example in the top 2 envelopes above.  

I added a monocle and chain to the eyes of a vintage man illustration E sent in a letter to me.  She made him pants of text - which I thought looked very dapper!  As he looked so elegant, I thought her man belonged on the outside of an envelope.  I created two envelopes using each half of him - and then gave him a focal point.  A vintage woman in a foundation garment is the focal point I chose for E's letter, but for M's letter I created some modern art for him to view.

Often E writes her letters to me on vintage magazine pages or other paper ephemera.  From one of those pages I clipped a woman in a 30s/40s visor hat - and to indulge my millinery inclinations, I added a red veil and a cluster of flowers.  Then I sent her back to E via envelope.

My constant companion during these creative pursuits is Number One - who distracts me by balancing on the stair rail and contributes her fur to tape, glue, paint, and paste.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Apparitions Shadows Reflections

Haunted furniture... certainly not what I sought in a secondhand bookstore, perusing the pages of an enormous book picturing over 5000 antiques.  The heavy book balanced on my knee, I paused in the "looking-glass" section.  So many of the mirrors reflected views of old-fashioned interiors - the first thing to capture my attention, but they also exuded a certain atmosphere - which perfectly clean, but inwardly dusty crackled and speckly mirrors will do.  Some mirrors seem to reflect something about to happen - or happening just out of the realm of vision... a swishing of skirts, parting of curtains, a hand reaching for books or luggage, an inspection of one's appearance.  Here, you can see them too:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Snail Mail Art from E

You've seen here frequently snail mail correspondence to and from my friend E. Ours is a never-ending quest to reveal small wonders, forgotten histories, and artistic surprises. These two letters from E are especially fantastic... I believe her Best Ever! She decorated some existing artwork and a photograph - coloring with marker, adding stitching, embossing, adding metallics - then tucked her snail mail art and her cheerful conversations into equally creative envelopes.  Have a look!
snail mail art from E, photo toile la la
snail mail

E's snail mail envelope art with metallic stamping and vintage postage

mail art photo decorated by E, toile la la blog image
vintage lady decorated by E, toile la la photo

E's mail art, toile la la blog image
E-colorized Degas print, snail mail image

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Historic Moments in Knitwear: Proud Creations ad copy

knitwear of the past
For the tactile knitwear enthusiast looking for the perfect ensemble to magnify her size instantly, we offer you "Blue Lagoon" and "Throw Rug and Cheese Grater".

"Blue Lagoon":
Stunning, thick-enough-to-add-10 pounds-instantly!, tactile!... By the end of your special evening on-the-town, Blue Lagoon will have stretched its heavy yarns to pool around your slippers - living up to its name.  But that's not all!  Wait till you hand-wash it and wait weeks and weeks and weeks for it to dry...what a surprise.

"Throw Rug and Cheese Grater":
Won't your main squeeze love to cuddle you in this get-up! TRCG features both bulk and scratchy irritation in a single ensemble.  What a treat!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Nature's True Wunderkammer

"What's this under the cabinet?", He said as he tied his cravat. She clipped over gingerly in pointed little slippers, "Looks like roots". They didn't know what to do with the thing. It went well with the decor and was a Serrurier-Bovy, but One can't just allow a piece of furnishing to take up roots and go to seed.
They placed it in the woods where it thrived, flourished... from its arcs and angles foliage grew and its feet planted firmly in the earth. One day, They visited it - a picnic under its shade and noticed monarchs springing forth - up and out of its glass doors - and into the blue sky air. Another day, as She glanced into the forest, a swirling soaring shifting murmuration of birds appeared like a mirage from - She was most positive - its direction.
Nature's true Wunderkammer.
"Nature's True Wunderkammer", Toile La La quick fiction and collage artwork images


Subterranean Folly

Directions:  Up the hill stand directly at center beneath the dome of the folly. Jump lightly 10 times to activate the door. Enjoy your stay and make yourself at home. The stairway is low-light illuminated. Please, if you would kindly feed and water the fox as well as the tree. The cactus only requires a light misting.

"Subterranean Folly", quick fiction and collage images by Toile La La

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Letter from the Editor: Spring 2015

toile la la letter from the editor image

toile la la spontaneous now fashion show image

yellow and blue - spring color inspiration

toile la la take a little look mini book/zine image

toile la la letter from the editor image
  • Spring ideas, flowers, and fashion popping up right, left, and all around!
  • Spontaneous Now Fashion Show - Top-Notch Marvelous! 
  • Creative Spaces
  • Letters To and From
  • Number One Good Luck Employee Cat candids...
Spring: I love love love it! Spring surpasses my expectations - in its splendour, it inspires me to be more healthy and vibrant... to freshen up and renew, like a garden perennial. This Spring is a very happy one for me - my head is full of art and fashion inspiration, and my mailbox has been blooming with wonderful, artistic, creative letters. These are the Spring things I want to share with you!
from the toile la la tres petit trianon garden...the Spontaneous Now SS2015 fashion show venue

The Spontaneous Now fashion show was top-notch marvelous: stellar spring day, lovely models, the garden - glorious, all - perfect!
toile la la Spontaneous Now S/S 2015 fashion show image
My creativity flourishes best in a variety of creative spaces... including nature walks outdoors, my little studio "perch", the garden, and my own head-space. All sorts of fanciful ideas bloom in my brain during a brisk walk...breathing good fresh air! And, I love my workspace - which is upstairs in an out-of-the-ordinary old house. My husband and I created the space together and I love the atmospheric colors we painted and the archways he built.

From my perch I see spectacular landscapes - birds, trees, mountains, clouds, weather - everything changing and growing, light-shifting...all very beautiful. Sometimes I find it ironic that my surroundings inspire thoughts of fashion, but I believe it is precisely the pristine environment which provides a fertile head-space!

toile la la tres petit trianon garden - post-winter and prior to the show
Gardening...weeding, planting, watering, spreading mulch - was my main inspiration for the S/S 2015 Spring Spontaneous Now collection, show, Jardiner fragrance, and video. A few days before the show, creating some mail art in my workspace perch - I experienced something very exciting and unusual - much like gardener's green thumb...artist's indigo finger!  A blue permanent marker exploded on me, but happily produced an effect I found quite pleasing. I love the contrast of blue and yellow - so I hurried outdoors to photograph my indigo finger with a dandelion.
like gardener's green thumb, artist's indigo finger
If you view the photo sideways, imagine you are in a jungle on another planet and see a tree with a blue trunk and plush yellow foliage!

Although my Spontaneous Now collection was predominantly white (accessorized with everything floral), I have been creatively-inspired by this indigo or ocean blue and dandelion yellow combination for quite some time.

One of the first images you saw - of the perfect juicy lemon nesting in a blue bag, I photographed after my mother's friend shared lemons from her very own tree. The look and smell of that lemon was beyond compare!

My mailbox has been as bounteous as a cornucopia this Spring! I've received bundles and boxes of mail art from my friend E and also from my daughter. E sent me a vintage-magazine decorated shoebox full of ephemera, which I recycled to produce some of the mail art you see in this editor's letter. My daughter sent me a package with some pretty buttons, miniature people, and a black stallion which I photographed with my sewing machine as a backdrop.

 In the images of E's ephemera shoebox, look at that fantastic vintage 30s or 40s peephole shoe! My feet are fantasizing about that wedge shoe and its reptile window!  And, the furry feet you see belong to my Number One employee cat - who can't resist my photo sets and especially tables draped in fabric or paper. 
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In E's box of vintage ephemera, I found a card with this pop-up blue paper. Originally, this was an umbrella and the card featured two fireflies - and said "You're Electrifyin!". When I opened the card, the umbrella popped open. It required some engineering, but I was able to create a tutu for this amazing ballerina I found in an Italian Vogue magazine. The lightning bugs also featured some yellow cellophane bodies - and from the yellow cellophane, I decorated some sunglasses photos from another fashion magazine. Placing the firefly yellow shades over various models, I could see how they would appear with the eyes of their friends, sometimes producing a dramatic and fetching effect! After using the hole punch to embellish the sunglasses, I made some Easter eggs to decorate a vintage photo booklet, which I will send back to E as a surprise - along with the ballerina.

For my daughter, I made a little zine or book called Take A Little Look, with a vintage television image from E - and images clipped from the Italian Vogue...things I found eye-catching.

In E's box, there were also a few vintage sewing patterns - and from one of the pattern envelopes, I made a Spring mail art envelope for E:
For the tail-end of this Letter From the Editor, I will surprise you with something!
Imagine these feet in the vintage peephole wedges or the ballerina's slippers - ha!

Number One Good Luck Employee Cat - image toile la la, Spring 2015 letter from the editor

Number One flexing her tail...a most wonderful fur accessory!

Happy Spring 2015, Toile La La