Dan and Tracy’s Collage by Catherine

My friends Dan and Tracy love books, gardens, music, fine food, and wine. This collage is for them! (I’m not sure if Tracy is as crazy about baseball as Dan, but I liked how the curve of the stitching seemed to flow with the grapes). The boar with the headdress symbolizes Dan and I’s shared …

Christmas Collages for Dear Friends

Tradition has it that a group of my hometown friends get together every Christmas holiday and exchange small gifts, many of them handmade. For the 2012 gathering, I decided to put together some holiday collages. To make the collages, I selected Christmas tree ornaments from my childhood, traced them on a piece of paper with …

So You Think You’re Hopeless at Drawing?

Before I took Drawing 1 at the Toronto School of Art in 2012, I thought I was hopeless at drawing. Even though I had been making collage and textile art for six years, I didn’t feel entitled to call myself a “real” artist because I lacked basic drawing skills. With very little formal training in …

Flying Bookfish

I was lucky to attend Emily Tinkler’s free Altered Books workshop at S. Walter Stewart Library, where more than a dozen participants eagerly listened to Emily describe how to fold, cut, and poke pages with an awl to turn an old book with a sewn binding into a work of art. My husband had given …

“Life Within” Collage by Catherine

Life Within, Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012 I made this collage for a brave and spirited friend who has been fighting a life-threatening illness. When I asked her what colors, images, and themes she might like, she wrote, “I have been enjoying vivid colors lately, and anything that evokes the ocean. We spent two weeks …

“Desolate Yet All Undaunted” (Poe) Collage by Catherine

“Desolate Yet All Undaunted” Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012 The raven is curious about the eclipse but not overly concerned. He stands his ground without fear. “Desolate Yet All Undaunted” Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012 I’m sending this raven piece to an art magazine that is calling for submissions on the theme of Edgar Allen …

Matryoshka Doll on a Stagecoach Ride, Collage by Catherine

This Russian doll is on a wild stagecoach ride to an unnamed destination! Matryoshka Doll on a Stagecoach Ride, Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012 Collage materials include colored paper, stickers, and a postcard. Matryoshka Doll on a Stagecoach Ride, Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012 Matryoshka Doll on a Stagecoach Ride, Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012 …

Petunia, the Curious Cloth Creature

Petunia is a souvenir of my recent trip to Nova Scotia, for I finished the detail work during some down time in the hotel. To make a cloth creature like Petunia, you’ll need a sock, a rubber band, a sash, some beads, some miniature crochet flowers, and thread. Petunia doesn’t mean to be impolite when …

Dancing Bird-Woman Collage by Catherine

Dancing Bird Woman, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012 Dancing Bird Woman is here to remind me to dance, be fiery, and enjoy wearing flares! Dancing Bird Woman, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012  Dancing Bird Woman, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012 To close the post, here is a bookmark that I think Dancing Bird Woman might …

Michelle’s Doily Frogs and Some Bookmarks, Too!

“Michelle’s Doily Frogs,” Collage by Catherine Raine 2012 I have a friend who likes frogs, so I thought she might enjoy a collage that featured her favorite amphibians gussied up with doilies. The frogs pulled off the look with dignity. And to round out the post, here are some bookmarks I collaged recently!

Shine Shine Shine! Grandmother Raine’s Gift

During my grandmother’s lifetime (1911-2008), she never owned a yoga mat or experienced a guided visualization led by a shaman at an Ontario spa. Nevertheless, Grandma was with me last May when the shaman asked me to close my eyes and descend deep into the earth, deep within deep, down to the cave of the …

Bookmarks, Collage, a Shadow Box, and Textile Creations

“Jagged Peaks” Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012 “Jagged Peaks” Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012 “Triangle Nest” Collage Shadowbox by Catherine Raine 2012 “Triangle Nest” Collage Shadowbox by Catherine Raine 2012 “Triangle Nest” Collage Shadowbox by Catherine Raine 2012, Back of Box “Breathe” Textile by Catherine Raine, 2012 “Fire Sprite” Textile Creature by Catherine Raine, 2011 …

Recent Collage Work by Catherine

“Waves on Stage” by Catherine Raine, 2011 A recent trip to Great Britain inspired “Waves on Stage.” When I visited Whitby, Saltburn, Eyemouth, and North Berick, I was mesmerized by the wild North Sea waves each time. I still have a landlocked Midwesterner’s appreciation of the sea! “Waves on Stage” by Catherine Raine, 2011 “Waves …

Exhibit Background for “Maps of Loss: Rivers, Ruins, and Grief” (Richview Library, September 2011)

I rediscovered my love of art when I was 38 years old. The spark was a class facilitated by Erica Ross called “Create Your Own Healing Deck” at Sheena’s Place in 2007. By the end of the course, I had created more than a dozen cards that contained encouraging words and images to address my …

Experience Art at Richview and Northern District Libraries

I’m excited to report that my art exhibit, Maps of Loss: Rivers, Ruins, and Grief, will be on display at Richview Library from September 7th to the 30th. This exhibit excavates personal feelings of grief and translates them into more universal symbols of loss. When viewers encounter three encaustic paintings and seven collages, they will …