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Thursday, January 22, 2015


My article 'Preserve your Garden Memories' just debuted in 'Country Gardens' magazine on newsstands, early spring 2015 edition. The article describes four of my garden collages and how I made them.
Above, 'New York Memories', which includes cut and torn photos of plants in 'my' rooftop garden in NYC; dried rose hips, pressed hydrangea and marigold petals, Aronia and Virginia creeper berries, and other assorted goodies in a found frame. Except for the ginko leaves, all  plant material was borrowed from the  garden I tended for my condo building.
'Traditional Canterbury' above honors the town in NH where my daughter and son-in-law live and where I go to scratch my itch to weed a big garden.  The town center encompasses one white steepled church with parish house, one white bandstand, a town hall, library, and country store. The Shaker village is sited a few miles away from the town center. Traditional as it is, the townspeople approved a solar collector farm to power the public buildings. See photo near top right. In this collage, I combined parts of photos with birch bark and twigs.
One of my fave NYC garden spaces and one of my fave collages (now in the collection of Diane and Gary Hitzemann).
Like the other two collages above, I combined pieces of many images I captured on and around the High Line with real dried plant material. In the case of public gardens I never borrow plant material; but I did cut leaves of northern sea oats which grow on the High Line, from the garden I tended on my roof top.
Since March 2014 I live in Exeter NH near the coast. My latest collages reflect my own change of venue.
No photos here; but torn paper, fabric, wool and discarded paper I found in the recyling bins of my NYC condo and actually paid to move to Exeter. My interest in trash has no bounds.


BFF Nana said...

Beautiful collages and terrific captions as always. I am so glad to see you blogging on this site again which I check daily.

Ellen Spector Platt said...

OMG, the pressure is really on.

Ellen Zachos said...

Whatever you paid to move the trash, it's worth it!

Ellen Spector Platt said...

Easy for YOU to say.

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