Art Making, Collections, and Obsessions

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Quarry Books, Feb 1, 2008 - Art - 160 pages
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A glimpse into the personal collections and work of 35 major artists.

This large format, full-color, inspirational book is about how artists use their collections to make artwork. The gallery-style format allows readers to see what artists collect, and the resulting spectacular artwork they make from it. The book will feature the collections and the artwork of thirty-five major mixed-media artists. The artwork will include journals, assemblages, altered books, as well as jewelry pieces, and detailed descriptions of the materials and techniques used, plus tips and insights into using unusual materials and collections.

Mixed-media artists are naturally collectors. They are fascinated by the stuff of life, and they are always looking for the right elements to add to their collages and journals. This book offers a juicy combination -- sort of a walk through an artist-filled flea market, and a gallery of the pieces created using these collections with tips and insights on collecting and creating, and how they go hand in hand.

Features a lineup of 35 contributing artists including:

  • Lynn Whipple
  • Graceann Warn
  • Gail Rieke
  • Beryl Taylor
  • Keith LoBue
  • Michael DeMeng
  • Nina Bagley
  • Susan Lenart-Kazmer
  • and more

Art Making, Collections, and Obsessions features a beautiful collection of inspirational artwork. You'll enjoy artist's tips, creative ideas, and advice on working with unusual materials for collage.

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Art Making, Collections, and Obsessions: An Intimate Exploration of the Mixed-Media Work and Collections of 33 Artists

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Perrella (Beyond Paper Dolls) features creative uses by 35 artists of found and collected objects such as buttons, shells, textiles, photos, suitcases, utensils, and other castoffs that are given ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

WooHoo! Too fun - not to mention inspiring if you're into making art from found objects. The pictures are vivid and for me led to any number of new art projects. That's why I love these well-done, out-of-the-ordinary artist/authors - they can put together lovely books to look at again and again. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Lynne Perrella is an artist, author, and workshop instructor. Her art interests include collage, assemblage, art journals, and one-of-a-kind books. Her first two books, Artists' Journals & Sketchbooks and Alphabetica were published by Quarry. Her third book, Beyond Paper Dolls came out in September 2006 by Stampington. She contributes articles to a variety of magazines, including Sketchbooks, Martha Stewart's Body + Soul, and Mary Englebreit's Home Companion. Her work has appeared in various books on mixed media including: Collage for the Soul, True Colors, Crafting Personal Shrines, Altered Books, The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery, Quilted Memories, and others. Lynne also appears in the documentary film, "1000 Journals". She conducts creativity workshops at venues throughout the United States and abroad. She exhibits collage and assemblage at galleries throughout the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. Her website is

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