Friday, November 3, 2017


i am back home from t a few fun days in chicago wedding dress shopping

with my son's finance, eating and enjoying this lovely city. 

the early morning collages that i started to show in the last

post have continued in my altered book.

with each collage comes a story.

picture brides

 the process has taken me deep into my memories in a way that is compelling. 

  i feel like i am writing and collaging the history not only of my own 

family but of the history of the japanese americans from the 

early nineteen hundreds when they immigrated to the united states.

i am integrating what i have researched, images, memories and family stories.

i create them before the sun comes up, the quiet time of the day.  

i find the world is mine to dig deep and that i am surprised at

what comes to me at that time.  

 a limited palate seems to depict the stories best.

 if you are interested in reading more, they are all posted on instagram.  

i visited the art institute in chicago.  when i am there

i am always drawn to the breathtaking marc chagall stained glass.  

thank you for visiting today.
wishing you a lovely week enriched by art, family and friends!

this posted is linked with friends at paint party friday.
thank you eva and kristen for your continued support of 
the art community!


  1. great wedding dress select!!!
    This posting is so nice with all the pictures.
    Fantastic the design!!!
    HappyPPF and Happy weekend,

  2. Your collage's are amazing and an important keepsake for your family. Happy PPF

  3. Wonderful collages. Chagall is always worth seeing. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  4. Beautiful collages ~ my favorite is the last one and Chagall is always fascinating and filled with depth and faith ~ ^_^ ~ glad you had fun in Chicago ^_^

    light and love,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  5. Oh how I love the woman and the crows. Really special! :-)

  6. Chicago looks like a great city to visit (at least from what I've seen on tv:)Glad to you enjoyed your visit with family there. Your collages are truly beautiful - so soft and ethereal. And the Chagall glass is gorgeous!Happy PPF, and thank you for your lovely and thoughtful comment on my blog.

  7. Glad you are home safe, but so glad for you to have the joy of wedding plans. So exciting.♥♥

  8. I love your art and the story, history of your family. A beautiful tribute. Lovely stain glass too. Glad you are home safe and sound from your trip.

  9. what an interesting subject for your collages! Must be fascinating to dive into the past like that. That stained glass looks beautiful ...

  10. Such a beautiful way to record your family history Irene.
    It sounds like you had a most enjoyable trip.
    I too love the early hours of the mornings.
    Thank you for sharing this lovely post :D) Happy PPF!

  11. Gorgeous artistic collages, so deeply meaningful and beautiful! A wonderful family tribute! Fantastic bright blue world of Chagall, magical..thanks for sharing it.
    Happy PPF

  12. Luv your collages today. Thanks for the
    Chagal stained glass
    Happy you dropped by my blog


  13. What wonderful, detailed art. I love that there's a story within it. It is beautiful.

  14. Your personal memory pieces are beautiful and bittersweet to me. I forget the names of the two books about the camps, but what a sad and overwhelming thing to be taken far from your adopted home and to be treated like criminals-"mans' inhumanity to man"!