Pawn Ticket

We were inspired by an old pawn ticket to collect more work that embraced collage and mixed media.

• This Pawn Ticket from the Wo Cheong Pawn Shop in Hong Kong tells its history with layers of faded calligraphy and stamps.

• Yue Minjun’s Diving Figure from his Grassland series of woodcuts features the wide, exaggerated smile that appears in many of his works. Here, he was inspired by the open expanses of Mongolia.

• Wilson Shieh’s Swimmer is an etching with fine lines that echo the gongbi style of Ming dynasty painting.

• Elise Wehle’s Deer Wading Through a River is a photograph transferred onto watercolor paper and sprinkled with paper pieces that give it the quality of dappled light.

• Lewis Folden’s Four Squares is a collage of metallic papers, paint, and pencils.

• Theresa Pfarr’s Untitled mixes paint, charcoal, graphite, and ink to depict a mysterious female figure.

• Janelle Lile’s Distant is a digital collage of diagrams and translucent layers in a blue palette.

• Catalina Viejo’s Letter to my Dreams is a collection of private thoughts, expressed in shape and color, addressed to specific people.

• Stephanie Holznecht’s Seashells has tiny shells set into torn papers, paint, and pieces of string.

• Bill Zindel’s Make Your Own Banjo combines vintage images and neon paint reminds you to stand out from the crowd.

• Kate Schlueter’s Each of Us is an Original III features thick layers of paint, printed paper, and other materials.

Girl on the Moon

• László Moholy-Nagy’s Olly and Dolly Sisters places a girl on the moon, her face obscured by a black dot and legs crossed under a plumed skirt. The collage looks minimal and slightly surreal. The Dolly Sisters, pictured below, were identical twins who performed in Vaudeville and the Zigfeld Follies during the 1910s. Moholy-Nagy takes a recognizable image, a celebrity, and removes their most precious assets: their face and the stage.

Exhibited at the 2012 Roppongi Art Night in Tokyo, Floating Instrument looks like a planetary system descended on a park. The orbs remain white during the day but change colors at night.

• Eden’s Pool is an abstract black ink painting of dripping orbs.

• Beth’s Earrings connect two circular strips of oxidized sterling silver which can be turned to create a three-dimensional sphere.

• Miwa’s Cusp of Lust is a ring that nests two semi-spheres of oxidized silver.

• Tika’s Succulent Planters each have a unique surface and resemble cracked dinosaur eggs.

• This Capsule by Plodes Studio is a stainless steel sphere perfect for holding your valuables on your journey to the moon.

• Adrienne’s Ring frames a green peridot with two etched bowls made of silver.

• Laura’s Ring holds black onyx and crystal spheres between a bent sheet of sterling silver.

• Andrea’s Necklace suspends two black beads that are capped with a silver dome.

Organic Collage

• Eva Isaksen’s Suspended is a complex collage of thin papers, printed with yarns, fabrics, seeds, and pressed plants. Drawing inspiration from nature, she builds a network of layers that transform the flat paper into an organic, changing surface.

• Anastasia’s Collage is a tribute to insects, butterflies, and bugs using thin pieces of tree bark and pressed leaves.

• Leslie’s Composition with Bodice and Sleeve has a rich surface of textured paint with dress patterns peeking through.

• Jayne’s Let Them Dangle is made up up tea bags and their labels that, from a distance, resembles a brick wall with white flowers.

• Susan’s Haven creates a stylized garden from vintage papers, drawings, and coffee-stained paper. Take a look at her blog, where she posts pictures of life in a tiny seaside village in Nova Scotia.

• Lisa’s Diptych is an abstract work that layers tissue paper and acrylic paint.

• Regina’s The Last Dance frames a vintage image of musicians in pieces of antique script, musical notes, paint, and unraveling thread.

• Chris Taylor’s Layer Vase is terracotta with an underglaze print that pieces together many decorative patterns, as though it’s many vases in one.