cards on redbubble

i’m really excited to announce that my original drawings with text are now available for sale in my new redbubble shop

prices start at only $1.75 per card

available styles include 4 in x 6 in (greeting card or postcard) and 5 in x 7.5 in

a great way to collect and/or give some of my original artwork …

from original drawing with text ty rita summers

babushka 4 by rita summers

shadows fading

over the last few years i’ve been working on several series of drawings on the backs of old railway tickets

this series is called unlocked

here’s one of them – to see more, click here

sweep the air within

a series of drawings and ‘found’ poetry on rusted book pages

collectively, the poetry reads like this:

sweep the air within
song of rivers
overflowing sound today
warm green life

[now you know where my avatar came from …]

p.s. – to see what i did with these drawings, click here

secrets

i’ve been working on a visual journal since 2005 and revisit it at various times

it began as an old devotional book called secrets of a beautiful life, which I’ve retitled secrets

after 7 years i felt it might be time to share some of my journal pages …

here’s the inside front cover and title page; this spread is called silent times

i’ve called this spread sing

this is one is called healed

and this one, heart and mind

i was inspired by a reworked book published in 1973 by british artist tom phillips, titled humument

not for sale

[private] portfolio

this is my entry for the biblio art award 2012, offered annually by blarney books

it took weeks of thinking, dyeing, collage, stitching and assembling …it was originally a book (great expectations by charles dickens), which was sent to me in a brown paper bag so that you didn’t know what you were getting …

while working on this, i sort of became estella havisham, so that this became her portfolio

here is the front, which includes pages from the book which have been fused onto wool felt and then embellished with pastel rubbings, dye paint, foiling, machine stitch and hand embroidery –

the back was made using an old wallpaper sample on one side, and book text pages and collage on the other; this is the wallpaper side –

this photo shows all the items laid out on our antique carved hall seat –

here are the little quilts i put inside the portfolio, each made from a single book page, fused onto felt as before, and embellished as for the cover, but also torn and drawn with ink pen –

this portfolio has been my focus for almost 2 months, and became quite emotional for me, as I pondered estella’s and pip’s experiences

i realized that what they actually suffered was a form of child abuse

did they, especially estella, ever recover …

not for sale