1999 Sketchbook

© 1999 J. Thomson

During my year as artist in residence in Scotland, I was talked into applying for graduate school at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Because of the timing of my stay in Scotland, I would have to wait another year back in the states before applying to schools, and I wasn’t sure what I would do for that year.

To make a long story short, I was accepted into the MFA program in glass at Tyler, but that meant I had to leave Scotland a month early so I could go home, pack and move to Philadelphia, a city I’d never been to before.

To say my first few months back were a bit of culture shock for me is an understatement. I was reeling. I didn’t know what I wanted to make art about, and I was still trying to get grounded in a routine at my new school. The work load was horrific (15 credits a semester, plus studio work–my glassblowing time slot was 2am – 4am–as well as student teaching/work study). I barely had time to think. And because working in glass is so time consuming, there was hardly time to finish any work for critiques.

It was obvious I was floundering, and one of my professors insisted that I keep a sketchbook, even though I’d stopped doing that years earlier, and didn’t really have time to do it anyway. These are the covers of the sketchbook, and the next few posts will have some drawings from it.

© 1999 J. Thomson

Passionfruit collage (1997)

Passionfruit collage, © 1997 J. Thomson all rights reserved
Here’s a fun little collage I did on a piece of luan plywood for Valentine’s Day. After I made the original collage, I had color photocopies of it made, which I then individualized further with rubber stamps and other additions. Each one is unique in a subtle way. Available in the giftshop here.

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Frog collage (circa 1993)

Frog collage © 1993 J. Thomson all rights reserved Here’s one of the last collages I made just for fun, circa 1993. And what could be more fun than a fancy fish and a  frog frolicking under the watchful eyes of a KitKat clockAvailable in the giftshop here.

Frog Piano collage (1991)

Frog Piano collage, 1991 © J. Thomson all rights reserved

A woman wears a fish hat, a grandfather clock earring, a brain brooch, and an earthworm necklace, while dreaming of a frog playing the piano. Meanwhile, a man and his pet alligator look on while a spider drops in on her. This was the reverse side of my holiday collage in December, 1991.
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