RR JOURNAL PROJECT
The other art that I have been working on lately is a journal from my paper traders RR (Round
Robin) journal project. The topic of this journal (there are 12, and they are all different) is something old, the originating artist has made some lovely pages with vintage styled images & bits ‘n’ pieces….so I followed suit. My page is about an early pioneering merchant, exploring new frontiers & horizons in search of new places to buy & sell. I have recycled an old jigsaw puzzle for this work. I think that the scale of it is a bit big for the page, but it works ok.The image was made from a Cartes de Visite.
Cartes- de-visite were small visiting card portraits (usually measuring 4 1/2 x 2 1/2") introduced by a Parisian photographer, Andre Disdéri, who in late 1854 patented a way of taking a number of photographs on one plate (usually eight), thus greatly reducing production costs. (He was not actually the first to produce them; this honour belongs to an otherwise obscure photographer called Dodero, from Marseilles). These were used as love tokens and visiting cards. They date in Australia from approx. 1870’s to around 1910/15. You can find them for sale about the place, the cost $5 or $6 AUD each usually.