Pilar Pollock, decorated tins containing rose scented bath salts
For this swap, I tried to stir images of how glamour was defined in times past. Looking back at the history of Bad Girls, their is an innocence in the empowerment of feminine sexuality as sexuality was insinuated opposed to exploited. For me, girls like Bettie Page and Clara Bow have all the components of sugar and spice and everything nice; just a little more sugar and a lot more spice! Their sexuality was hinted, but their femininity was preserved.
I had images of beauty products of the 50's when I was brainstorming for this swap. The mythos of beauty and glamour especially in the case of Bad Girls often included the perfume, makeup and other arenas of indulgence to heighten one's sex appeal. There is something very mystical about the packaging of beauty products, which still carries over today. The promise and illusion portrayed by those femme fatale definitely strengthens this mystic. Hence, the fusion of the ritual of beauty with encased by the women who have contributed to our perceptions of what that ideal is.
Lenna Andews Foster , pull tag
For this swap, I wanted to use ArTChix's fabulous collage papers that I had, Classic Nudes M104. I liked how you could cut them into strips of three, because it looked like a filmstrip. So, following an idea from a card I made previously, I cut a long strip with a sliding tab to attach inside I card I would create.
The card is actually an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of white glossy cardstock, folded it into 3 parts that overlap in the back. I stamped the card front and back with Memories Inks, PhotoArt stamps, and Diva Rubber stamps, and a couple other small ones that are unknown. Then I stippled the glossy paper with a couple of Adirondack inks to 'age' it. Lastly, I inserted and attached with dbl stick tape, the long strip of card stock and the sliding tab to which I would also attach the "filmstrip" of classic Nudes. This way, you can pull the strip to expose the collage papers (filmstrip), while still leaving it attached to the card. Lenna Foster .
Elizabeth Dunn, CD cover
Inspiration: I wanted to do something different and I have a box of "dimensional things", including coffee tins, altoid tins, paper mache boxes, and cd cases! The only "bad girl" materials I had to work with are two "B-movie" greeting cards. In order to make them go a long way, I wanted to create a sense of depth so the BAdGirl was the central and most upfront images. The CD cases helped create that. But after attaching the three characters, I felt something was missing. So I created the "in-between sheet" (Judikins background image stamped onto beige tissue, gold EP, and highlighted with watercolor) to create a curtain effect. The beads in the spine were more to add to the "kichiness" (sp?) of the piece, but kind of depict a separate symbolic connotation (the phone, the umbrella, the plane - almost like the pieces to the mystery).
Silver Moon, collaged and painted wooden heart
Movie Diva Bette Davis faces her nemisis, Joan Crawford in my favorite "Bad Girl" 1962 Horror movie, entitled "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane".
To Bette Davis I pay homage with this piece entitled "Demented". The 10" x 12" wooden heart has a circular mirror on the top right side, with the word DEMENTED applied to it, along with Baby Jane Postoids. The surface is collaged with scenes from the movie in which Bette wildy parades around in her grotesque make-up, clothes of yesteryear, and shatters silent moments with her shameless cackling laughter. Finishing touches are applied with various stamps, and acrylic paint.
Meg Greene Malvasi, cigarette box shrine
As far as inspiration, I have always loved the noir/pulp detective stories, especially those of
Dashiel Hammett, and the great pulp writers like Jim Thompson. The women can be soooo
bad, but were often clever, independent,, and sometimes, even got away with it. So I thought
a homage to all the noir dames was in order. Josephine Baker has always been a favorite
figure; she must have been something to see in her shows--and I always admired her
courage to thumb her nose at convention and live life on her terms. Anna May Wong was a
great Chinese-American movie actress in the 1920s and 1930s who gave the silver screen
the persona of the Dragon Lady--certainly one of the baddest girls around. But all three
boxes to me also were about women who took chances, broke the rules, and while things
didn't always work out, at least tried to live life on their terms, though not always happily.
They also made being bad look awfully good.
All three boxes were made from wood traveling games that I found at the dollar store here.
I sanded all the boxes and then painted the Bad Girls and Baker Boxes painted with acrylic
lacquer glossy paint. The Wong box was painted with an acrylic gloss red and then again
with red glitter paint.
The Bad Girls collage on the outside and inside right came from a series of old pulp covers
that I found on the internet. The left inset has as an old pulp paperback page as the
background and I took those alphabet blocks used to make necklaces to spell out the words
for the inset and the top headpiece. I found a token from Artchix from the "B club," which
made me think of "B" girls, an old black and white puzzle piece shape that reminded me of
a dead body and glued those to the front. I then glued rhinestones throughout the boxes for
that touch of "glamour." The box legs are dominoes.
The Baker box also used images found on the internet--old photos and posters of her shows.
The square pieces on the front of the box are actual 1930s deco pieces and the small amber
colored circular piece on the front is an early twentieth century man-in-the-moon cabochon
that I found. The "halo" in the left inset is actually an old watchface glued onto a old piece of
rhinestone jewelry, and I also glued rhinestones throughout the box. The box legs are game
pieces-the headpieces are also a combination of game pieces and beads.
The outside and the inside of the Wong box incorporated Asian papers, pulp covers and
movies posters and images of Anna May Wong, also from the internet. The Asian game
pieces came from Artchix. The alphabet letters are similar to those I used for the Bad Girl
box. I also used rhinestones throughout. The box legs are game pieces, and the top combines
an old jewelry finding with a rhinestone.
Cynthia Weed , brown wrapper shrines
The words "plain brown wrapper" used to have some real significance. Anything that came inside a "plain brown wrapper" was, well sexy!
I found some postage stamps from the 60's. This artwork salutes those babes who were ON those outside wrappers.
Remembering those who dared to bare forty years ago and some whom are still lookin' good! Those women of the silver screen--
WILD WOMEN OF POSTAGE
Laura Dannhauser Elliott, Betty Page Box
The Betty Page Box was done with Lumiere silver paint, and black ink sponged over that. I transferred photocopies pictures of the lovely Ms. Page onto tissue paper with a colorless blender pen, then used Mod Podge to apply it to the box. The picture on top is covered with acetate and framed with silver foil tape. Stars were stamped with pigment ink and embossed.
Gillian Allen, polymer clay Art Deco frames
Since I had just been experimenting with Polymer clay and phototransfers, I took this exchange opportunity to take it further. I printed out a collection of lovely silent ladies' photos from the web, onto T Shirt Transfer Paper with my inkjet. Laid these down on a thin film of Liquid Sculpey painted onto glass, then baked. Peeled backing paper off transfers and laid them onto a sheet of white fimo (flattened with the pasta machine). This was laid onto black fimo. The frames were built up using fimo that had been covered with silver and gold leaf, stretched to achieve the crackling. Tiny diamante was pressed into the clay and firedupside down to avoid air bubbles.
Sylvia Kleindinst stuffed fabric dolls
The pictures are scanned in and printed onto cotton fabric which has been soaked in a solution of Bubble Jet and then ironed onto freezer paper for stability (detailed instructions of this technique will be found in the Spring issue of Artitude Zine)
For the bad girls, I used dolls from "Paris Music Hall" magazine in
the 1920's. The one gal looked properly "bad" with a cigarette hanging out
of her mouth and the high boots and leg showing. There were many nudes in
these revenues, or at least topless and they wore lots of feathers and
beaded costumes. Really wild!