"Dress Form Dreams": Paper mache decoupage with art charms


Altered art and collage art combine all my passions: collecting Victorian photo albums, vintage postcards/tradecards, and small antiques; crafting using scrapbooking, jewelry-making, and rubber stamping techniques; and preserving family and holiday memories for the enjoyment of future generations.

Each altered Victorian photo album features a theme: birds, the ocean, children, or natural history.  The sturdy cardboard pages are covered with fresh paper and layered with hundreds of pieces of authentic vintage ephemera and collectibles.  Using photographs and personal mementos, I can create a precious tribute to a loved one's life, profession, or hobby.  I have transformed Victorian albums into unique decorations for Halloween, Christmas, or Valentine's Day, showcasing vintage greeting cards and holiday trinkets.

I also create collage pieces using foam board covered with elegant fabric remnants and vintage trims.  A colorful lithograph or an altered objet d'art is combined with costume jewelry and antique findings to express my personal artistic vision.  Usually, my pieces are framed without glass so that their texture and function can be touched and explored.

As you view my images for inspiration and enjoyment, please respect the fact that each work of art is copyrighted.  I would love to know what you think and network with like-minded creative people.  Or perhaps we could discuss how I can design a one-of-a-kind altered album or collage piece just for you!