masquerade invitation/Helga Strauss
Dance cards, invitation and envelope for a masked ball by Helga Strauss
The Capolan exchange is a group of artists that create art pieces devoted to the Nick Bantock style.  It is a bimonthly exchange.  Nick Bantock is an amazing author and artist that has written many books, perhaps you're familiar with Griffin and Sabine or The Museum at Purgatory?  His new book, The Artful Dodger, is a wonderful book that gives a sampling of all of his books and his art career.  I highly recommend it. 

For the month of October, the theme was "The Masquerade Ball, The Museum at Purgatory."  The Museum at Purgatory is one of Nick Bantock's books.  I went out and bought it and studied it carefully.   I thought it would be great to make dance cards.  That evolved into an invitation, an addressed envelope, and so on.  I created everything all spotless and perfect.  And then I set
out to distress everything.  Many of Nick Bantock's artworks have an aged and worn feel to them.  So, that's what I tried to convey.  This was to be an old dance card, envelope, and invitation with a history.  I wanted it to look as if someone had really used it in days past.  I ripped, folded,creased, crumpled,  and spread Burnt Umber paint everywhere.  It was quite fun.
Helga Strauss
Links
Vagabond Travellers  A new exchange has been formed for vagabonds from Nick Bantock's country of Capolan
Nick Bantock,chat room , downloadable book plates, info on his books
capolan book invitation Sue Giduck
capolan book Norbu
capolan fetish doll Andrea
capolan mask Annie Onderdonk
capolan glove mask Susan Cohen
capolan collage Red Scott
capolan fetish doll Andrea
capolan book Norbu
capolan book invitation Sue Giduck
capolan mask Annie Onderdonk
capolan glove mask Susan Cohen
capolan collage Red Scott
Clarissa
Deborah-Garcia
Erika-Arroyo
Sue Giduck/2 pages from the book
capolan book 2 pages
Sue Giduck
Sandra Fletcher
Sandra Fletcher/Collage
Sandra Kaddatz
Stacy Carter
Stacy Carter
Viann Borgman
Viann Borgman
Erika Arroyo
Clarissa
Stacy Carter
Deborah-Garcia
Stacy Carter
Sandra Kaddatz
Viann Borgman
Viann Borgman
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