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Saturday, November 14, 2009

VINTAGE ART


by Marian Cates
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Some artists are drawn to vintage artwork and base some or all of their own creations on vintage illustrations and photographs. Others show the vintage images to the public, with or without restoration, clearly labeling them as "vintage." And some do a little of each.

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One thing that vintage artists, photographers, and restorers have in common: they love the nostalgia evoked by vintage art.

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I recently discovered the artist, Ingrid Pomeroy, who has a shop on Etsy called "An Original By Ingrid" (see her "French La Mode Illustrations Collage" above).She says of herself in her Etsy profile, "I am a mixed-media collage artist who loves to work with anything old and beautiful.  I incorporate my passion for vintage photos, postcards, lace, buttons, ephemera, and more into my art." I purchased from Ingrid the digital version of this collage, and will definitely be drawing on it for inspiration.

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On Zazzle, you will find Scott Buel's "Scenes From The Past" Shop. Scott's vintage photographs are set much closer to the present day than Ingrid's.

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Scott describes his artistic interests as "vintage image restoration and digital photography." His goal: "preserving and educating [others to] Michigan and Great Lakes history, by sharing my grandfather's photo collection."

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One of the funniest restored photographs in his collection is below:
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It is aptly titled, "Play Golf Free, While Having Your Suit Pressed." I challenge anyone to come up with a more hilarious vintage photograph.

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Vintage art calls forth a longing for days gone by. Sometimes in a romantic way. Sometimes in a humorous way. But however vintage art is expressed, it celebrates days that will never come around again. An apt subject for art, don't you think.

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