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Ode to Joy by cricketswool
Ode to Joy
14" wide x 17" tall, recycled paper on canvas board.  Paper sources include issues of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, Science, and Coldwater Creek catalogs.
You know what makes me feel "dated" more than anything else?  More than all the gadgets (microwave ovens, cell phones, pocket calculators – now relics themselves! – video games, etc.) that have come and gone. More than all the social changes (I was born during the civil rights era). More than any of the other changes in how we live, it's this:

When I was young, ladies always wore hats and gloves when they went out.

Being only a child I was often exempted, or allowed to skip the gloves and count a headband or a scarf as a hat, but when we went downtown or to church I had to have a proper hat — a stiff little bowl with a brim (white in the summertime and navy the rest of the year) — and little white gloves.  I even had a little pair of white lace gloves for my First Communion that afterwards I could wear to church, when I remembered or when I could find both of them.
  • Listening to: insects humming
  • Reading: Fine Cooking
  • Watching: Star Trek - DS9
  • Playing: Travian — Ancient Europe
  • Eating: inferior store-bought pound cake
  • Drinking: raspberry mocha decaf latte

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Deborah E.
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I've been on a winding artistic journey, always driven by a tremendous urge to create. I did artistic crafts while raising a family: candle-making, sewing, papier maché, dyeing, spinning, beading, weaving, rug-braiding, knitting, crochet, quilting, tatting, crewel embroidery, needlepoint, appliqué, and needle-lace.

In midlife I became particularly interested in collage and at the same time used my background in crafts to land a job teaching elementary school art. When my school closed I found myself free at last to seriously pursue art. I studied drawing and painting for three years at Fleisher Art Memorial and continued my self-guided explorations of art and crafts.

My original paintings and drawings are for sale on the Saatchi website; prints and derived works are for sale at Society 6. My digital designs are available at and yard goods — fabric, wrapping paper, and wallpaper — featuring my work can be found at


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vasja-slvm Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Cool colages! :) 
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theperian Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding the Wolverine to your collection! :snuzzle: V3
Redsam6 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
                                  Thanks for the faving of
Risa694 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
thanks a lot for the fav (:
EmilyMacArt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for the fav :)
jolabrodnica Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment :D
matochi506 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
i like your art :-)
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SorinCrecens Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fav! :)
Kenkira Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks you SO much for all of your feedback. You seem to have a high taste for lines, which makes you an artist after my own heart! I will take all of your advice and make sure to use it next I pick up my camera
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