You've seen me offer handmade books, watch back charms, pocket shrines and jewelry, fanciful feathers, all showcasing my whimsical images. Companies have licensed my work for a variety of items; wine labels, clothing, home decor, stationary, etc. But what thrills me the most are the things I can make myself, from start to finish; those one-of-a-kind items that no one else will have.
So after a really crappy week, I decided to explore an idea that popped into my head recently. As a child I was always fascinated with ships in bottles. My parents would buy little ones for me and my brother while on a beach vacation. There was just something about holding it in my hand and taking it with me, placing it wherever I liked in my room. One day it might sit at the dressing table, the next it might be placed next to my bed where I could gaze at it and dream of the beach while drifting off to sleep. I think that's what I enjoy most about my pocket shrines, the ease of which they "travel" from one location to another.
So if a ship can reside in a bottle, why not a painting? I am now making original paintings on my antique maps and charts, inserting them into glass bottles and topping them with vintage jewelry bits and pieces. I have developed a process which ensures a good fit and allows air to circulate. And of course, before sealing the top into place, I add a little surprise inside. I will debut these at my next big show in three weeks with my ever growing inventory while I wait for the next light bulb to go off.
|My sailor octopus and ghost crab.|
|A flamingo feather is nestled into the bottom of this painting in a bottle.|
All Art Copyright E.M. Corsa 2016