I'm married with two children and live in London and Essex, UK. My background is arts based.. I run my own business in the creative / design / fashion field. My arts degree was a B.A. in Textile and Fashion design from Kingston University, Surrey,
I love to experiment with different techniques and styles but I naturally tend favour the distressed, retro or a casual vintage look. (When I go out I wear vintage clothes a lot too, so it follows I should use 'old stuff' in my art!). It's great to use found items in my work - jewellery, lace, feathers, fossils, sticks, watch parts, cigarette cards, old bank notes, vintage buttons are all things I have encorporated.
ATC's are a great pocket-sized way of creating art, and trading with others, but I also adore altering cabinet cards and the smaller carte de visite ... I'll 'have a go' at altering anything! (I have some animal skulls at home which are just begging to be worked on!).
I am an avid hoarder of 'stuff' and am addicted to car boot sales which provide me with lots of resources for my work. Whilst most people arrive really early there for the bargains, I tend to be interested in the stuff that no one else seems to want - so I can roll up when the crowds have gone and still find plenty to inspire me. I love bargan hunting so much, I have written a guide to car boot sales for e-bay which is currently one of their most popular reviews!
I like to use humour in much of my work - I think it's a very underestimated expression of personality and a great healing tool. When there have been difficult times in my life, humour has helped get me through. If people smile when they see my pieces, I know I have achieved what I set out to do.
Using vintage images like old photos, postcards, snapshots etc. makes me feel a real connection with past. I find myself wondering who these people were, what they were like, and wondering if they would mind me now giving their images party hats, big juicy red lips or monocles. I would understand them being surprised, but hopefully not too offended!
Sharon McAllister 08
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This 6 Atc book is for the advanced Atc Group, and it features old filmstars from the 1950's, cut from a book, and scanned images of exotic fish from an encyclopedia, foil background, distressed and coloured with Stazon inks, Twinkling H30's,netting, chalks, Windsor and Newton inks, ribbon, and embellishments
The challenge was to create some atc's using vintage photos. I got these photos at a flea market and therefore I don't know the individuals. I used pics of children because I just think they look so interesting, funny or beautiful. I guess most of the pics are from the 40's 50's. I like to use found stuff, so all the embellishments re from the same resource. I've used copper embossing powder on most of them. I want to get back to my 'arty' base
The odd queens were inspired from some absolutely gorgeous images I scanned and copied to atc size which have a real 30's vamp feel to them. I mounted them on black mount board, varnished the edges roughly with black, used rubber stamps and mica tinted with alcohol inks for the embellishment. I love that early Hollywood image.
I'm going to take part in a new swap based on the project in this book ..... In This House, by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn. Here are four of my pages - my concept is the enchanted home.You can view some of the pictures inside the book here
Paris theme swap. I have used microscope slides and have attached them either with super glue or a glue pen. I had to wait for natural daylight to avoid flash flare from the glass. Lots of work in these ones but very enjoyable. I loved working with these images from artchix - what a great fashion era!