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Monday, September 28, 2009


I have been PUBLISHED in Linda and Opie O'Brien's new book

When I created this art doll, I knew she was destined for good things.  I placed her in a local art show
but alas she did not sell.  Trust me when I tell you, when your expectations do not turn out the way you thought, stay true to your beliefs.  I brought her home,  where she happily hung out in the studio.  Later, I decided to list her on ETSY one day, oh maybe a year ago?......  And lo and behold, was contacted by
 Linda O'Brien
yes, the one and only...
inquiring if I would be interested in sending this art doll to them for an inclusion in their upcoming book

Who's Your Dada?

YES!  I WOULD BE HONORED!!!! Now know this:  I answered with true awe in a calm and well mannered voice.  But on the inside, I was doing backflips and dancing the waaa-hooo dance.

Because I had their first book,
Metal Craft Discovery Workshop
which I love!  It is a great source for cold fusion, and I learned a LOT!  I have long admired
their work.  They are big into re-purposing  and re-cyling objects into their art, of which I too love to incorporate into my work.  Here in my studio, I am setting on an old typewriter that I am planning to take apart.  I have done one before and let me tell you, it's HARD WORK.  But boy howdy, can you ever take out a lot of frustrations taking apart an old typewriter.  Makes you thoroughly believe that the old stuff was well built, unlike some of the JUNK they sell us these days, but that's another story.

I made this doll out of an old book.  Her body is cut from a stack of  book pages and assembled together.  I used my pop rivet gun (oh I love this tool)  to put her together and it worked great.  The background is made from 4 small frames that I was using up, a happy accident really.  Her wings and head I cut from an old rusty
 lantern fuel can I had found in Utah at a mining site.  (think about the "fuel" to energize your dreams.)

The title Road to Love?  It was the name of the old book.  And it inspired me to think about all of our
self loves we have as humans.. good and bad.  SELF love, SELF doubt, SELF indulge, etc.
 I haven't got the book in hand yet, but it is availabe on Amazon. I am really excited.
Can you tell?  If I was 15, I would do a cartwheel.  I have been sitting on this news for awhile,
but being cautious to make the big announcements till I was certain I would make the book.
You know, final cuts, etc.  You just never know.  But today, I was able to go online to Barnes and Noble and scan through the book and WOWIEEEEEEE I was there.. pages 114-115.  The view is too small to read but large enough to see the art.  Cannot wait till I get the book in hand..  today received the notice the book is on it's way!!!



Joanne said...

Hi Linda....I can't even begin to tell you how your work inspire me! I absolutely love the doll and cannot wait until the book comes out! I'm SO glad you are willing to share all of your talents.

Artist Linda Drake and Lunar Designs said...

thanks Joanne.. you are so sweet..
Yes it was a big day for me. You know you do art because it is so heart fortifying. But when we get the validation by being published, it really is like a birthday celebration. Make a wish and blow out the candles kind of moment. Makes you believe anything is possible, you know!?
happy dancing toes.. xoxo