Casco Vello, or "old villages" in Galego, the language of northwestern Spain, is the subject of my new series of collages in fabric and paint. In April and May of 2023, I spent several weeks as a host in a small hostel, where I had the opportunity to meet and welcome pilgrims on the Camino Frances. During this time, I was able to dedicate time to sketching and painting various reference pieces, which I later incorporated into my collages.
Using monoprinting on fabric and paper, I capture the rich patina of rust, weathered paint, and aged timbers in the old towns and villages of northern Spain. This technique conveys the textures and marks that evoke the character of these ancient structures. I prefer working with vintage fabrics and repurposed papers, which carry traces of their past, adding layers of history to my art. Additionally, I incorporate stitching to depict the windows of tall buildings, providing a tactile dimension to my pieces.
The individual pieces in each collage have been carefully hand cut, and laid out in a planned design before adhering to the painted surface of watercolour paper. I aim for an abstract appearance with elongated squares and rectangles as well as relaxed arch shapes which convey a casual layering of time-worn architecture.
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Pequena Cidade - little town in Galego are sized for small spaces, ready for framing or giving. Each 5" x 7" is backed with matt board and in a cellophane envelope. The little towns are located in northern Spain and are places I have walked through or visited during one of my pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela.
Each Pequena Cidade is $25.00 and includes free worldwide shipping.
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Longo do camino - along the Camino is a look at some of the towns I walked through during my time in Spain. Most were small villages or hamlets with a few houses, maybe a shop or bar. I always enjoyed the worn walls, old doors and rickety stairways. What stories they could tell!
As with many places, these villages are mostly abandoned, families and young people have left for better opportunities in the larger centres and cities. Who can blame them, we always strive to provide the best for our children, but sadly, these little palces are losing the battles against time.
The following pieces are $150.00 Canadian, plus $15.00 shipping, added at checkout.
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The pieces below are mounted onto birch fronted, cradled panel and loaded into a front loading frame. They have D-rings and are wired on the back, ready for framing.
Shipping charges of $25.00 for each piece will be added at checkout.
Villafranca - 9" x12" monoprint with fabric and paper collage plus stitch detail. Mounted on wood panel and placed in a front loading fram