I’ve noticed that I wear aprons whenever I start a messy job: All-over cover up when I go into the studio; a cheerful wrap around apron when I am making muffins; a half apron if a friend is coming over to visit. However, I have noticed that a younger generation seems to never use aprons. I think they wipe their hands on their jeans, and if they spill something, “so what.”
With this in mind, since I was aware that art galleries scare people, as an experiment I added a few attractive aprons as gift items. A number of women who came into the gallery marched over to the aprons declaring, “No! I do not wear an apron! I don’t bake. I don’t cook!” These reactions sparked my imagination – especially while I was editing my gluten-free baking book and frequently putting on a folksy apron. And then retiring to my art studio and putting on a very different apron, coarse and stiff, straight forward. I call this my shield.Aprons with Attitude in collagraph prints is a culmination of many years of experimentation in the medium and ideas. I soaked real aprons in polymer medium mixed with gesso and marble paste. They were arranged according to the mood suggested by the apron on the thin Masonite boards. When I talked about this to customers, soon women gave me aprons that they treasured from their family and never used.Keep in mind that each apron shown is a unique print. There is no other like that print. The colors and the textures are unique to each. It takes me two days to prepare the inks, papers, and studio for the immense job of printing them to my satisfaction. You will notice that some aprons have papers glued on the surfaces. This is a process called “chin colle.” In which the glue filled papers are attached to the print as goes through the press. In one print I used my prints that had been torn up and attached. I was surprised by the results.Following the 1950’s slogan ”form follows function” I have named each apron according to their attitudes. If you see another attitude as well, that’s up to you.
I figuratively wiped my hands on this apron when I spilled some shiny powder in several places.That worked out okay, because it looks like a real kitchen apron.
Sometimes I want to raise my arms in the air and stretch,Just like the ties on this apron.And then put on this delicate covering and dress up.
I love the apron that was the basis for this print.I wore it each time I felt “homey” and wanted to make muffins for my celiac husband who couldn’t eat wheat based baked goods. This was before gluten free products became readily available on the market.
Straight forward attack.Problems and projects.Put on that apron,At least in your mind.
Some days everything is mixed up.We all feel pushed by too many things.This apron fell together on one of those days.
She’s had enough.She’s worked building airplanes and now she’s back in the kitchen, looking pretty, but feeling like a fake.Off she goes into the clouds in her head.
I pictured a person feeling so fully alive that she or he kicked up in the air and laughed out loud. The flowers are artificial, but personify a let go and have fun attitude.