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My work has appeared in several issues of Somerset Studio, including a featured article in the '08 Halloween issue, and Marie magazine. I teach workshops and will be leading a Halloween project during an all-day Halloween art event in early October. You'll find me and my art at the annual Tinsel and Treasures art show Sept. 12, 2009, in Alamo, CA, in addition to other local shops and venues. I work from my spare-bedroom turned studio in our home. My husband John works in San Francisco and our son is in 11th grade. Our beautiful and talented daughter Brianna was just 17 when she passed away in 2007. I feel her spirit when I am creating.
Her Halloween themed work may be found by using EHAG in your Ebay searches.
I've been creating Halloween themed art for sale for close to 10 years. I've been painting watercolors much longer. I say "for sale" because I have always created some type of yearly Halloween project ever since I can remember.
My greatest challenge creatively is working large scale. I tend to like working small and feel intimidated by large projects. I know there has been a large art piece forming in my mind for some time and will be in the works soon. But small is more comfortable. What I'm learning to do now is bring several small pieces together to form one large artwork.
In the future, I plan on continuing with my watercolors and collage. In moving last summer, I rediscovered my paper mache materials and will revisit that too. (Part of that bouncing from one medium to another thing.) I used to create witches and JOLs of mache and fabric, and now will add some vintage elements to them. But when it comes to Halloween, I'm always coming up with new projects. I look at an everyday piece like my recent Victorian-style hot air balloon and say, "Hmmm....I bet I can make a Halloween theme one."
What do you like best about being a member of EHAG?
Being an EHAG member has inspired me. I love sharing my passion for the holiday and seeing what others have created. Our challenges get the wheels turning in my mind about themes I wouldn't necessarily have thought of. The feature article and artwork in the 2008 Halloween issue of Somerset Studio was part of an EHAG challenge. Also, EHAG is a very friendly environment, in which I can meet all sorts of other Halloween artists. I love the fact that we're growing and meeting artists who sell on etsy, as well as those who sell on eBay.
My favorite childhood costume was always being witch for several reasons. My dad came from Serbia (thus the spelling of my name "Iva", but pronounced "Ee-va"). We were told the European story of Baba Yaga, an ugly, mean old witch who lived in the dark Balkan forest. Dark, spooky things both fascinated and frightened me.
I have always had a wild imagination, and so it was natural that I would think about this character a lot. So much so, that when we had a speech contest in elementary school, I entered as if I were Baba Yaga! I captured first place in the school and went on to the district where I won a beautiful wood carved trophy, sponsored by one of the big banks. I still have the paper I wrote the speech on!
Favorite Halloween traditions always include decorating the outside of the house to the hilt! I use all sorts of orange and purple lights, with a few green ones thrown in. I like to use dead branches and plants covered in cobwebs on my mailbox and around the entry. Of course I set out faux and real pumpkins everywhere, large spiders. While we were living in Memphis, we had an annual Halloween party. It was costume required and we had friends who you couldn't recognize they were so made up! One year we even celebrated my birthday due to the way Halloween fell midweek. The party was on All Soul's Day and my birthday is just a few days off on Nov. 7. I also like to cook all kinds of Halloween goodies, including Martha Stewart's witch's fingers and man toes pretzels and a homemade JOL meat and cheese pie recipe.
Where do you find your inspiration?
There is one place locally that is just so magical and inspiring to me. It is the studio of Wendy Addison, a truly humble and gifted soul. I have been many times and am always awe-struck by the ambiance she has created. Antique bottles filled with baubles, old-time chests brimming with trims and papers, statuary that seeps of age and of course, her amazing art. I come away inspired and uplifted. True magic lives there.
On an everyday basis, I don't have to look far to be inspired. I see it everywhere I go and in all things! Nature, thrift stores, books, magazines, eBay, trendy shops, Flickr, toy stores and all things vintage get me inspired. This is a good thing and a bad thing. I see a cast off item and think, "Hey, that would make a good this or that." So you can imagine the heap of items I've collected waiting to be turned into something! Halloween is so vibrant and I am attracted to vibrant colors. I guess Halloween just runs in my blood!
Open the Vault! Tell us a secret that not many people know about you!
Open the vault - well, as you may have guessed from a previous question, performing was a childhood dream. I was born in Hollywood after all! In fact, my first major in college was theater. Ha! I later changed to the more practical journalism, and went into public relations. So with that performance gene, I sang a duet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a fundraising dinner with Glen Campbell (before his decline), had the lead role in Oklahoma and singing my heart out as Laura and more recently performed professional in a belly dance troupe. I'm getting the acting bug again and who knows what's next?!
(the view from Iva's Studio)
To learn more about Iva visit her website and blogs
Where to find Iva's Work
On eBay using EHAG as a search word and
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Notice something different? Yes, indeed! That's our beautiful new logo and banner design. Look over to the right and you'll see a couple more.
Johanna Parker of Johanna Parker Design lovingly designed the new banners.
If you'd like to see the evolution of our new logo please visit Johanna by clicking here.
From all of us in EHAG we'd like to say Thank you Johanna, not only for a beautiful design but for the countless hours you've spent giving us a "look" we can be proud of!!!
Friday, June 5, 2009
(photo by Stephen Rose)
Edward St. John Gorey, Born 1925 - Died 2000
Perhaps one of his most well known works is
The Gashleycrumb Tinies(artwork © Edward Gorey 1963. THE GASHLYCRUMB TINIES: OR, AFTER THE OUTING First edition: New York: Simon and Schuster, 1963. White boards with greenish-gray, mustard, and black pictorial stamping; issued without a dust wrapper. Note: This book was issued as part of a three-volume set in a pictorial slipcase with the overall title THE VINEGAR WORKS / THREE VOLUMES OF MORAL INSTRUCTION.
Edward Gorey combined his uniquely eclectic and Gothic style illustrations with macabre, humorous and often non-sensical texts.
Although many Gorey books can be found in the "children's" sections of libraries and bookstores his works have become a favorite of adults and serious collectors alike. (artwork © Edward Gorey 1972. First edition: New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons . White composition boards with yellow-beige, brown, red, and black pictorial stamping)
If you have never read an Edward Gorey book, Amphigorey is a good place to start!
For a full list of Edward Gorey's works Click Here
Click here to see the famous Edward Gorey PBS MYSTERY intro
Use the keyword EHAG for your searches this month on Ebay and you may find some Gorey inspired pieces from our Artists
Our Second EHAG challenge begins June 14th!
Look for Tombstone inspired Art from our EHAG artists!