Thursday, April 19, 2007

Grunge?? ...Kind of??

This week Hermine set the Wednesday Stamper challenge- Grunge.
What is grunge??
I know grunge music....
grunge clothes...
but grunge in a mixed media/stamping sense??

The rest of Europe seems to have a different view on what is classed as grunge compared to the UK from what I've seen and discussed with artists from Holland, Germany and America. The term grunge in the UK would in my eyes be quite derogatory as grunge artwork ala UK is somewhat dirty, muddy colours, no clarity and sometimes an excuse for just slapping paint and ink onto a canvas in a very carefree no thought manner.

So I had a bit of a 'Oh noooooooo, I won't be doing this theme this week as I really don't have a clue what's what or whats expected of me'.

So I set to working on a piece for Paper Artsy this month using stamps from the Eclectic range and pushed the Wednesday Stamper out of mind.

This is what I came up with... an acetate card with a central image




And here is a close up version of the main image for those that are unable to click and increase the first photograph.




........and looking at it thought...'this is kind of grungy..isn't it??'
Grunge to me is certain colours, dogs on string leads, numerous body piercings and celtic tattoos in abundance, getting off your face etc etc the list goes on.


But I'm not THAT convinced its grungy enough for WS, so I wont enter it....but it made me think about the theme at least- even if it was sub consciously to begin with lol.

Will be interested to see what the artists over on WS come up with this week.

EDIT TO SAY....hmmmm well, I'm still not convinced I know what grungy art is, but taking a look at some of the contributions on WS this week my piece of work is as grungy as the next, so maybe it is grungy afterall lol so in for a penny in for a pound as they say.I will add it to the link on WS and see what happens.

34 comments:

joanne wardle said...

I love what you do with paperartsy stamps (well I love what you do with any stamp,lol, ) you make me want more paperartsy.

This has a certain grungy elegance!

Gillian said...

Jo - your in a league of your own with creativity, fab item, as you know love paperartsy stamps!

Sarah said...

I love it JO!!! I love to see what others can do.. i will be getting this plate!!!!

Gisele said...

This is lovely Jo & I think suitably grungy....not all grunge has to have white circles stamped over the artwork :)

Kaz said...

I love it, I love the "piercings" at the top (how I see it lol) and I love Paper Artsy anyway, so this is gorgeous, never seen a card like that on the acetate. lovely.

deb said...

I like this Jo.

It has a much softer edge to the 'normal' UK grunge, and I think it works far better.

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

*smiles* @ Gisele lol
Kaz- yes that was the thought behind the rings...piercings.

Greensleeves said...

What a clever way to display your piece, so that one can see through.

carlene federer said...

I think this piece is grungy (I mean that in a GOOD way, lol!) maybe grungy/glam? anyway, love the acetate, way cool!

isauk said...

Lovely card Jo. Love acetate !

I agree with you on the "different view about grungy".
It looks like for some, grungy means "white circles".... Although I like those circles, it has kinda puzzled me...
:o)

Zuzu's Blog said...

I love it Jo..
I have that stamp and have never managed to use it and pull it off so to speak ..
good job..
but then thats why you are on their design team :-)

Anonymous said...

Jo I love how you have changed the world of grunge..LOL...
I also have this stamp and should get her out and play!
Your atc is awesome as always!
Debby

Patti G. said...

Jo, your art makes me smile! I love your style, and this works for grunge .........very neat!
:0) You items below this post are fab too! Love your addition of the butterflies that make a soft appearance in your art! Your choice of colors and images is perfect! Hugs,Patti

Nicole said...

Ohhhhhhhh stunning stuff dear. ;) Love all of it. ;)

Hermine said...

I really really love your grungy piece!!!

Anonymous said...

I find your piece to be very good composition wise. THANK GOD you did not add those white circles to mean you do Grunge. I mean the circles have been around for YEARS in mixed media and all of a sudden POW white circles EVERYWHERE and a lot of them don´t even have anything to do with the compostion of many pieces, are placed all wrong or way to bright. I am beginning to put the white circles in the same bucket with dunce caps and butterfly wings on the backs of figures...whew...too much for me. You have a lot of really good art on your blog here...keep up the great creativity.

DymphieM said...

wow love this! the acetate is so very cool :)

johanna said...

absolutely fabulous!

rammsteinchen said...

looks immensely interesting

Nellie said...

Gorgeous as always Jo! Love it

saray said...

Wow, what a great work again. So wonderful!

Annes Art said...

Prachtig Jo!!

Gillian Hamilton said...

Oh how WONDERFUL Jo, this is an amazing piece, it's so appealing and interesting to look at, love the use of the transparency as a 'frame' for your outstanding piece! :o)

audrey h. said...

Jo...this is fabulous. love the background and the use of the transparency :o)

Donna said...

Like this a lot!

bockel24 said...

not only grungy but lovely, too!

Silvia said...

That's great.

Sija said...

Jo this is fabulous!

Loona said...

ahhhhhhhh..absolutely fabulos!!!!

Ilka Wilczek said...

Really wonderful artwork!

Cris said...

You GO girl!! This totally rocks. You've done the grungy look with your usual flair. I love it. xoxo

xela said...

Wonderful

Amber said...

Hi Jo, I definately think of grunge as lots of layers and textures and I think your art showcases this very well! Just wonderful...
(Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog)
:0) Amber

Anietje said...

Heel mooi wat je hebt gemaakt Jo!!!