mixed media art

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklaces by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

mixed media monday – watch case necklaces

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklaces by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

So far Helsinki has welcomed me with nothing but love – I’m so glad to be here for the summer. Here I can open my windows to the park and listen to birdsong and the shell chandelier that turns into a wind chime with the lightest breeze. Here is full of light. And I am light as well.

Some of you may have seen on Instagram that I was forced to abandon my fine binding project I blogged about last Thursday. My recurring wrist issues decided to show up after a blissful break of a year and a half. And because of my years of experience in semi-chronic tendonitis in both wrists I also know that pushing through it at the first signs of pain most likely leads to months of serious pain and inability to make stuff. So, no fine binding right now. Maybe I’ll bind another light-on-the-wrists version of the same book later this month when my wrists have had a chance to recover a bit.

Before this whole wrist pain episode I finished this trio of collage pendant necklaces created from vintage watch cases hung on silk cords. They won’t be listed in my shop as I’m closing it for the summer next week, but you can contact me directly if you’re interested in purchasing one (50€ each including worldwide shipping).

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

not so silly

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

take the sea with you

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

ask for spontaneous trouble

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Each collage is protected by a layer of mica, and each pendant comes with a long hand-dyed silk cord you can tie to the desired length. And as you see below, these pendants have signs of wear from their previous life as pocket watch cases, but in my opinion the wear only adds to the charm.

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Lots of love to you all. I’m honored to have you follow my creative projects.

my body in darkness - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

mixed media monday – my body in darkness

my body in darkness - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

My body in darkness,
The singular stain
that love illumines.

my body in darkness - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

(cut-up vintage text, vintage illustration, mica, paper, card, thread, vintage eye fastener)

7,3x9x1cm / 2.9″x3.5″x0.4″

for sale here

my body in darkness - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Details, details. I still spend possibly way too much time considering different options. I’m currently trying to get better at making decisions and then committing to those decisions. In life, and in art, too. I’ve made some headway on both fronts. I found myself a beautiful home for the summer on Thursday – almost four months of uninterrupted writing time ahead of me if I so please. I decided to keep the Paperiaarre Etsy shop open at least until the end of May, since I’m able to ship at least weekly even after my change of scenery. And for the rest of the summer I’ll probably just put it in vacation mode to create as distractionless a writing space for myself as possible. Trying to illumine the darkness that is the muddle I call a manuscript. In all honesty, it’s not a muddle at all, but it does need a lot of work given the plans I have for it.

my body in darkness - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

How do you create space for your creative endeavours if you have a lot on your plate? I know skipping town for months is pretty drastic, but it was a possibility I didn’t want to pass. For the past year and a half I’ve managed different projects through list making and my trusty bullet journal, but now it’s time to prioritize writing my poetry book and see what Helsinki is like in the summer time.

a million hearts - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 - image transfer on silk + typewriter on paper / www.paperiaarre.com

a million hearts – an artists’ book

a million hearts - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 - image transfer on silk + typewriter on paper / www.paperiaarre.com

Sombre days that are still somehow lit from within are the perfect breeding ground for artists’ books like this.

Image transfer on silk + typewriter on paper. Black and white + black on black. The silk has its special sheen and the black blotter paper could hardly be any more matte. Each material responds to light differently, and each mark made is best viewed at a certain angle.

a million hearts - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 - image transfer on silk + typewriter on paper / www.paperiaarre.com

11×4,5cm / 11×25,8cm  /  4.3″x1.8″ / 4.3″x10.2″

one of a kind / not for sale

a million hearts - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 - image transfer on silk + typewriter on paper / www.paperiaarre.com

a million hearts - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 - image transfer on silk + typewriter on paper / www.paperiaarre.com

beware of yourself:
we have a million hearts, each
each most longingly sore

each beyond despair
with desire echoing all day long;

aroused by the utterly lost
I ask let me come closer, my love,
let us for a moment flicker faintly

whilst a darkness hangs against the night,
unflowering the almost death.

a million hearts - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 - image transfer on silk + typewriter on paper / www.paperiaarre.com

Typing on the indigo hemp paper a few weeks ago led me to discover just how much mark-making with a typewriter in a way that doesn’t result in text, or in text that isn’t legible with ease, intrigues me. Creating texture instead of meaning, or meaning that requires a bit more work from the reader than is usually considered appropriate, sits well with my general desire to make simple things a bit too complicated.

a million hearts - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 - image transfer on silk + typewriter on paper / www.paperiaarre.com

This year has brought me face to face with more personal mixed media projects than ever before. I’ve taken a step towards text as my main focus, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given that I’m also a poet. While I’m endlessly fascinated by the mysterious vintage photos I usually work with, words feel always more intimate to me. And so I find myself creating work just for myself, unique pieces for my personal collection, mementos of this time of change and self-exploration (and most longingly sore hearts – if not by the millions, then by handfuls, at least). Not the smartest move financially, but the heart wants what it wants. To balance things out I do have plans for pieces for sale, as well, so it won’t take forever before I add new mixed media work in the shop! I have new watch case necklaces all planned out, as well as a few small collage boxes. Have patience with me….

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