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.
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 book 2 pages