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a German cookbook

I have been peeking into some of my late mother-in-law's boxes which my husband brought home from her house, now sold. Her obviously very old handwritten cookbook intrigued me, reminding me a little of my mother's Finnish cookbook. While... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/05/2013 | 16 comments
themes: Books, Found Objects, History, Home, Photoworks

 

rusty can 2

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Marja-Leena | 18/07/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks, Textures

 

rusty can

Another exciting unearthing in the garden! From the same area as the roots, this rusty and disintegrating metal object (a paint can?) is the kind of find that I love. It is a delight, as well as a challenge... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/07/2012 | 7 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks, Textures

 

found art (2)

spotted on my messy potting table outdoors folded paper, damp, stained, one of the 'paper tears' escaped, blown here and weathered, art by nature, like a soft dyed silk scarf Related: the first "found art"... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/07/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Drawings, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

Finnish ABCs 2

As mentioned earlier about this old Finnish primer, I became most fascinated by the variety of fonts shown side by side. Imagine a young child just learning the ABCs and beginning to read, also learning to read along with... [Continue Reading...]

Finnish ABCs

When I found my mother's old Finnish cookbook, with it was a little aapinen, a Finnish ABC book or primer. A sad little thing without a cover, unlike this one, so I don't know when it was published, possibly... [Continue Reading...]

lost & found

It's been a most glorious Easter weekend weatherwise and we really have deserved it. Over just these few days I have been astonished by the huge burst of new growth, of fresh green leaves on shrubs and the magnolia... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/04/2012 | 15 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks, Textures

 

a Finnish cookbook-2

a look inside my mother's old cookbook: some pages on cake making a handwritten recipe on a blank page - a naughty habit of mine as well many loose bits of paper inserted throughout, some with handwritten recipes and... [Continue Reading...]

a Finnish cookbook



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trickster?

That day in the woods when I was looking up at the otherworldly looking fungi on a tree, I nearly stepped on this feathery mask on the ground not far from it. A child may have dropped it... was... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/04/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Arkeo, Folk Legends & Myths, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

the pencil cup

Do you keep a cup or mug on your desk to hold your pens and pencils? Next to this computer is a desk lamp with a heavy indented base which holds my 'stuff'. This evening I had the urge... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/11/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

embedded


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Marja-Leena | 29/09/2010 | 13 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks

 

treasure hunt

        Found on an 'archeological' dig in the backyard, what stories lay beneath encrusted dirt and rust?        ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/07/2009 | 6 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks

 

the butter dish

            Or, the ex-butter dish. I still have the little pitcher. Both were made by a local potter long ago and were gifts from my husband. Other 'breaks' featured on these pages (this is getting embarrassing): a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/03/2009 | 20 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks

 

enmeshed

        Added later: scanned onion skins... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/02/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks

 

broken bowl

                Other breaks: another broken bowl reflections in broken glass broken glass ornament the butter dish... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/01/2009 | 9 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks

 

broken glass

        decorated the tree this evening another glass ornament fell to pieces first decorations from our first Christmas becoming fewer each year... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/12/2008 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

wings

        Allow me a little self-congratulatory pat on the back - qarrtsiluni has my photo Wings up! And I'm told that this is my tenth publication in it, and that you can see all of them here. qarrtsiluni's current... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/11/2008 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

poetry postcards

        I'm delighted to share with you that Tom Montag and I have had our collaboration Blue accepted and up at Postal Poetry, an exciting new site for individually and collaboratively created poetry postcards. Tom has already expressed his... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/09/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

an English-Finnish dictionary


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an immigrant's tool, an almost-bible, a book of days...

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Marja-Leena | 29/07/2008 | 25 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, History, Linguistics, Photoworks

 

mesh

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Marja-Leena | 29/04/2008 | 2 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks

 

rust circle

    Years ago an artist friend gave me this circular, rusted, thin metal object. She had found it in a farmer's field in France. I love how this man-made object, probably a part from some farm machinery, had begun... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/04/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks

 

CARcass on shore

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Marja-Leena | 03/03/2008 | 9 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks

 

broken

    "It is a dying lamp, a falling shower, A breaking billow: - even whilst we speak Is it not broken?"     - P.B. Shelley: Adonais... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/08/2007 | 13 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks

 

experiment no.4

This is becoming a mini series of playful experiments!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/07/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks

 

experiment no.3

continuing play with materials and textures still not sure where these are going See also experiment no.1, no.2, and no.4... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photography, Photoworks

 

experiment no.2



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Marja-Leena | 02/07/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photography, Photoworks

 

experiment no.1


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playing around with various images
not sure where these are going yet
here's the first one in early formation

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Marja-Leena | 20/06/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photoworks