Assemblage Art: Part 5

This assemblage art is messy business I tell you. That is, my studio is constantly a complete yet wonderful mess. In order to create my best work, I want to have available to me all the best stuff, right out in the open, to choose from. This means my enormous collection wood and metal boxes, and cardboard boxes full of bits, pieces, hardware, junk, scrap, vintage goodies, are set out everywhere- not to mention nuts, bolts, adhesives, paints, brushes, and well I think you get the point. I really don’t have the nerve to show you what has become of my beautiful studio. This process of having it all out and about has actually kept me from scheduling in-studio workshops lately, though I hope to find a nice break-point soon to pack it all up and make room for fun with others. But really, I’m having the most wonderful time ever creating art.

My latest work is entitled “Circus”. Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Circus-JSIMI wrote a little poem that essentially describes the struggle with creative chaos in my head.Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Circus-Detail-JSIMThis piece was created using a vintage red “in” box, that I’ve been kicking around my studio and home for over 10 years, a favorite cigar box, a vintage British lead toy clown figure on stilts, a tiny cotter pin tin, and an old, wooden ten-pins bowling ball.Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Circus-Make-JSIMI’m happy to say that this was purchased within 24 hours of completion!Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Circus2JSIM

After creating the piece “Scotch” (a second art purchase by Mary Engelbreit herself!), I was commissioned by another to make a similar piece. I found the perfect old red lantern flashlight on ebay to start.  Cathe-Holden-Scotch-in-Red-make2-JSIMI used this sweet scottish terrier I picked up on a recent hunt in Nashville, and gave it a tiny dog tag made from the winding crown of a ladies watch from my stash of old watch parts, most of which were passed on to me by my watchmaker dad.Cathe-Holden-Scotch-in-Red-make-JSIM When focal-point objects are set deep into a container of sorts, they can often become a bit too dark to see, so I like to create little skylights. This one is made using an aluminum and glass slide stereomount.Cathe-Holden-Scotch-in-Red-make3-JSIMThe finished piece.Cathe-Holden-Scotch-in-Red-JSIMYesterday,  I loaded up a dozen of my assemblage art pieces to deliver to the fabulous Fulton Crossing Art Gallery where they will remain on display until purchased. Of course you can still find all my art for purchase on my website at and contact me for shipping rates.

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Baker’s Twine & Clip Art: Free Digital Downloads

Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-08Years ago I received a nice, fat stash of colorful baker’s twine from a friend. I created some fun, whimsical designs with the twine using vintage clip art from my library. I found them again in my blog archives and shared them on Facebook, where a reader or two requested the clip art files to recreate them for themselves. So that’s what I’ve done! You can click on any of the images below for the clip art PDF file (with much smaller watermark of my name) for adding your own twine, embroidery thread, or other thin string.

Cathe-Holden-Bakers-Twine-DotsEach file includes tiny blue dots at the point of piercing the paper or cardstock for threading the twine. Refer to the images below for examples of threading and tying. Use as-is, or cut out design/transfer for mixed media, journaling, or any other creative project. I’d love to see what you come up with!Cathe Holden TWINE CLIP ART 01Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-2Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-3Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-4Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-5Cathe Holden TWINE CLIP ART 6Cathe Holden TWINE-CLIP-ART-07

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Assemblage Art: Part 4

A-G-Poster-15-WebNext month on July 10 I will be exhibiting at the annual Petaluma Art & Garden show here in our lovely, historic rivertown north of San Franciso. I’ll be bringing my assemblage pieces, some fun vintage goods, and if I can pull it off, some exciting Inspired Barn creative supplies. I’ll be sharing my booth with my friend Stephanie Sherratt of Paper Fabric Glitter. She creates the most fabulous vintage paper kits for crafting, collage, planners and more.paper-fabric-glitter-stephanie-sherratt Stephanie is also a show partner of the famous Halloween and Vine. If you’re into Halloween, mark your calendars now and get to Petaluma in September for the best of the best.halloween-vineStephanie and I have both been working on things to sell at the Art & Garden show. Here are a few of my latest pieces:

“Creativity” – 12in x 10in x 4in

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“Dachshund” – 6in x 5.25in x 2.5in_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Dachshund-01_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Dachshund-02X

“Special Handling” – 5.5in x 12in x 4in_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Special-Handling-X2_-detail-Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Special-Handling-X2_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-119-Detail

“Scotch” – 5.5in x 10in x 7.25in_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Scotch-CH“Journal”_Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Journal-XCH_Detail-Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Journal-XCH


Jeff and I did another quick barn pick this week at a source we have in Sonoma and found four pegboard panels that I thought would work great for displaying my art in the booth.IMG_2777 I cleaned them up, painted them white, and hinged them together. I’m working on my set-up-practice-run inside the studio.Cathe-Holden-Booth-Example I’ll paint the wine box pedestals white, and create even more art since I’ve got a bit more time to add to my gallery!

holden.6.16My art piece, “Sunday Drive” is currently on exhibit at the Arts Guild of Sonoma June Invitational as I am the guest of assemblage artist Linda Semple. The event runs today through July 4, 2016 in Sonoma, California.

You can find all of my art for sale on my website,

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