Tuesday, March 27, 2012

31/31: Jen Crossley


31 artists...31 days. Spend every day of March with me at The Altered Page to meet the 31 spotlight artists in my book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. See their beautiful faces, read their 'quirky' bios written in their own words, see some of their art that led me to invite them to be a part of my book, and hear my story of what they each mean to me. Then click on over to their sites and see what they have to say about The Pulse of Mixed Media.
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Hey I'm Jen Crossley from the Land of Oz (Australia). A woman of many talents, and a master of none I must say. I'm all smoke and mirrors.


Dazzle them with big words and techniques I say, and most importantly have fun with what you do.


Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. Love what you do and it will show in your art and your life.


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Jen's blog is called A Mark in Time and I think that is the perfect name. Her artwork conjures up a sense of history, mystery and intrigue. Each and every piece seems to have its own story to tell and seems to capture a moment in time. Her list of ingredients include pieces of metal, sometimes rusted and sometimes etched by hand, vintage tintypes, assorted found objects, and the like. Her creations, whether miniature books, assemblages or jewelry all call my name.

Timing is everything and with Jen, her timing couldn't have been better. She is from Australia and one of her goals and dreams has been to teach a workshop in the USA. Earlier this month her dream came true. And I was able to meet up with her for a few hours when she passed through NYC. I showed her the book, and her published artwork, for the first time. Priceless. Jen couldn't have been any nicer, any more generous, or any more gracious. And she assured me that when she called me a dag, she meant it in the most endearing of ways. Thanks Jen...you're a dinkum cobber!
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GIVEAWAY

For every comment you leave in March on a 31/31 post on my blog and/or on the blog of the spotlighted artist, you will have that many chances to win one of three prizes in my giveaway. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have (but only 1 per post please). First prize is a copy of The Pulse of Mixed Media signed by many (and I mean many) of the 133 artists that have contributed to the book. Second and third prizes are one copy each of the book signed by yours truly.

56 comments:

Penny said...

Love this! typical Jen, she is great!

donnaj said...

Love her work-look so forward to seeing your book!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh MY GOSH!! I love her work. It is unbelievable. Why have I never seen her art before? It is fantastic, especially that book.

Cheryl said...

She makes lovely assemblage pieces.

rObfOs said...

Nice to see a couple of fellow antipodean arty types showcased on your blog - although all your artists are interesting and enjoyable to read about.

beskonechnost said...

how a metal looks at oneself steeply!!! so much ideas, thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Jen is my Idol, her work is amazing
and her classes are so much fun! xoxox

Robyn A said...

Hey, the Aussies are invading and, yes I'm one too! All nationalism aside, I love Jen Crossman's work. We don't have the long list of retreats and such available in the U.S, - sigh - not to mention art supplies, so I am happy Jen got her wish. Thanks, Seth, for all the wonderful artists you are featuring.

Canace said...

Jen's work is amazing. I have always admired her unique style. Congrats to her for her U.S.workshop!

And I know what you both mean.. my husband is Australian.. lol

(Some people never sleep) ;o)

sukipoet said...

these are wonderful books.

Lottie Anderson, BFA said...

a hammer instead of a brush. I often want to take a hammer to my work, but for completely different reason.

thank you both for sharing

lindjoy said...

History, Mystery and Intrigue! That describes Jen's work perfectly...and could be the title of another book!

Maureen said...

Love the name of her blog, and her artwork.

~Babs said...

Her work is fascinating.
I love her piece
with the book containing locket!

Nicole Foshee said...

What beautiful work! I love the use of vintage photos. I am so glad I found your blog. Can't wait to see the book!

dorylyn said...

my heart skipped a beat! love her work!

NuminosityBeads said...

One of my favorites, so glad you featured Jen.

Lynsey said...

I love her work, it's very similar to what I am doing. Just beautiful, thanks for sharing it.

Dapper-T said...

Thank you for featuring Jen. Her work is great and I'm looking forward to exploring her blog.

Maggie Crawford said...

I love Jen's work and especially her books. The locket is incredible

Robert said...

Jen Crossley appears to be a historian and archivalist with a hammer and a pair of wire cutters! I particularly love her work which combines found metal pieces, and natural elements such as twigs or bone. Wonderful contrasts, and lovely textures, to befound here! She says that she is "all smoke and mirrors," but her work belies this statement, identifying her as the real thing, indeed! Perhaps the "smoke and mirrors" refers to the element of mystery that is evident in the stories she tells through these lovely pieces. . . .and I love her statement: "Love what you do and it will show in your art and your life."

Jill Zaheer said...

Well, I have to disagree with Jen. I don't see any "smoke and mirrors" here. Jen's work is all the real stuff to me. What intricate metal work and detail here. So very original. Just love the "Gimbels Brothers" sign as well. These days, I need to "google" a new phrase or word on each of your posts- "dinkum cobber"! Not only am I discovering new and amazing talented artists, I am learning a whole new vocabulary! Thanks Seth!

Terrie said...

I'm so enjoying all the introductions this month. Jen's style is so very personal and the pendants are just filled with thought and emotion. Loved browsing her blog.

Rebeca Trevino said...

just got back from visiting Jen's blog. what fun she must have every day! thanks for another great intro!

elle said...

ooh, the tree pendant is my favorite but they are all stunning. So great to see all 31 of the participants.

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

LOVE WHAT YOU DO, AND HAVE FUN WITH WHAT YOU DO. Thank you Jen for reminding me of what I've been trying to do but sometimes forget. Love and fun. Good stuff. I just came across a bag of bleached chicken bones that I'd wrapped with wire at each end and pasted the words "I have travelled" on to (well one bone anyway). Maybe I'll get going on what it was originally meant for. This month has been one of inspiration for me. Thank you for this Seth! *smiles* Norma

Carrie said...

Lovely work Jen, your passion definately shines through!

Carrie said...

Lovely work Jen, your passion definately shines through!

Cheryl Connell said...

Seth, I am loving seeing all the artists and lots of them I follow already which is cool and some new to me faces too!

Cheryl

Jo Murray said...

It's great to see that we have quite a few talented Aussies. Jen's work is very personal and intimate. There is so much heart in each piece, and the reference to her beloved mum is part of that.

Lynn said...

Jen seems like a very fun person to know. I enjoyed my romp on her blog just now! And love all her mixed media pieces. Lovely that the two of you met up in person!

Barbara I. said...

Wow, Jen's artwork is amazing. I love it. Thanks for spotlighting her today. What a treat!

Bev said...

oh yes i know of Jen and her work its so fabulous what she does with assemblege work....

hugz bev

trish quilty said...

Love Jen's work. Thanks for featuring all these talented artists every day in March. Quite a journey we are on.
patq

trish quilty said...

Love Jen's work. Thanks for featuring all these talented artists every day in March. Quite a journey we are on.
patq

jill van iperen said...

Go Crozza!!!! She is AWESOME!!!

onesmallstitch said...

love the work and Jen's philosophy - "do what you love and don't sweat the small stuff"

Darlene K Campbell said...

Seth,
Definately in love with her work. I have never seen her art befor so I am thrilled to have found her through your book.
Darlene

lindacreates said...

Jen is the best! I am the happy recipient of that gorgeous book in this post. Jen is my Aussie Sis and is the most talented artist I know!

Janine Whitling said...

'dinkum cobber?' nice try Seth (chuckle) maybe in the 70's. But she is a beaut sheila!

Sarah said...

I adore Jen's work, her attention to detail is amazing, I am so lucky to own a couple of Jen's pieces and I treasure them dearly. Cant wait to get my hands on your book. Congrats Seth on publishing a fabulous book.

Parabolic Muse said...

It is always so cool to see artists here that I'm not that familiar with. Your write-ups and images really bring them home to me.

Jen can have the master suite and I'll sleep on the couch.

Cherie said...

Love Jen's work. Her smoke and mirrors is a 'pigment' of her imagination ... her respect for the gorgeous finds in each piece is marvellous. She's an Aussie gem!

Carol Sloan said...

I just met Jen at Art & Soul and she i WONDERFUL! Love her!

Patricia Wolf said...

I love Jen's work...when she puts all those old things together to make a piece it really speaks to me!!!

Lynda said...

Always have loved Jen's work... thanks for the reminder...

susan in seattle said...

Jen is very talented...love seeing vintage objects used in this way.

Plume said...

I very much appreciate jen's transparent work.

Kate Burroughs said...

Love to hear about the Ozzies. Great art from found objects.
Aloha, Kate

Carol said...

Beautiful work. so intriguing. Down under must be oozing with creativity.

Emma said...

I love these pieces.

Frances said...

The combination of materials, colour and design are intensely beautiful to absorb.

Carol said...

I can't believe I didn't know Jen before. Seth, you have broadened my horizons so much, many thanks! Jen is wonderful! Definitely someone to follow and enjoy - and another Aussie.

Rusted Wings said...

wow....love jen's art!!!

ANNETTE HUSBAND said...

Go Crozza...how amazing and I am so proud and happy for you...sorry others are finding out about you as we have to share you more Jen but pleased as punch for you too...OMG did you really tell Seth he is a dag? LOL how funny and yes Seth its said with in a friendly manner here :o)

Wen Redmond said...

looking forward to visiting the land under in 9/12. Loving the booky mix of metal