Tonight’s guest blogger is about a series of image that are Bygone Days, set in the late 19th to early 20th century. They remind me of old music boxes and/or a harpsichords playing in the background at some aristocratic affair. I felt her mobile processing and body of work needed to shares beyond Instagram. Read all about this magnificent series of images and the woman behind the mobile process.
HI !!! My name is Maartje Bronkhorst. I am a 39 year old school teacher, living in Leiden, The Netherlands, with my boyfriend, who is an artist and photographer.
1. What is your art series about ?
All my artwork has one thing in common: my love for things from the past, especially the 19th and early 20th century. My art is a a contemporary tribute to bygone days. I like to create new compositions from vintage material, for example scanned from antique books and public domain images. Also I love elegance and grace in art, I guess that is why I always feel the need to use feminine shapes/ influences.
2. Can you tell us how you create your mobile art work ?
To be able to create my digital collages, I collect vintage images and antique books. I get a lot of ideas from them, the possibilities just come up as I go. I started editing on an iPhone back in 2011. Before that, I was hooked on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Back then, I could not have imagined the possibilities that mobile photomanipulation would offer only a few years later! I also started my first IG gallery then, dedicated to dark, traditional gothic/horror art (@maartje1975).
I am quite addicted to creating imagery. Doing so on a mobile phone made it a lot easier to do artwork in between other things. It helps me to relax as well. When I edit, it feels like being in a different world for a bit. It’s the same feeling that I had as a child, building villages from cardboard and decorating them.
3. Who are your influences and inspirations ?
Inspiration comes from different sources, sometimes completely unexpected. For example, a while back I was playing a computer game, called “Limbo”. It’s a macabre, very atmospheric platform game with all black and white graphics and silhouettes. During that same period, I also watched the horrormovie “Babadook”, that revolves around a very creepy children’s book, done in charcoal.
Just recently I suddenly realized that my current art series, Visual Poetry, has quite a few things in common with those concept.
Of course, I also get inspired by fellow Ig’ers and several other artists as well. What I really like about IG, is that it’s a quite “open” community. People are not afraid to share their ways of working and processes.
As I said, I have a soft spot for traditional horror art. I find a lot of inspiration comes from old movies and literature. In my current gallery, @medusean_muse, I use these inspirations in a more contemporary setting.
4. What other series of mobile art work have you done ?
I usually work in series. This is an involuntary thing, it just happens. When something works, I continue until something else pops up. In my Medusean_Muse gallery, this is clearly visible. There is a large collection that I called “Faces of The Muse”. I edited lots of 20’s pics of actresses etcetera and decorated them with self-produced clipart (from antique books). Then there is my Visual Poetry collection, where I work with vintage material in combination with vector silhouettes. Also, I made a series that is called “Medusean Storybook”, consisting of diorama-like imagery and dreamscapes.
5. What are your top 10 apps ?
Apps I use: First of all, straight fom the beginning in 2011, my first mobile app Snapseed. I still could not imagine my process without it !!!
I cut out a lot of material from scans. Recently I started using Union App (Pixite apps) for this purpose. By far the best app to work on pixel level without having to deal with pixelated edges (imo a big problem ith most mobile blending apps). Union App’s soft brush is excellent for this purpose: you van adjust it to a small size, so it’s “hard” enough for nice edges without individual pixel visibility.
The PNG’s I saved from Union app, I import in Adobe Photoshop Touch as layers to create a composition on top of the back ground, and merge in the end.
6. Did you see a lot of ballet as a kid ? The reason why I’m asking is I see a lot of it in your mobile art work.
I never saw any ballet as a kid. As an adult, my interest for performing arts grew. I frequently went to see classical ballet performances. Ballet is a symbol for feminine grace and elegance to me. It works very well in the type of collages I make.
Now if you want to follow Maartje on Instagram, check out @medusean_muse and @maartje1975. I highly recommend you follow both her feeds. I want to thank Maartje for doing this post and sharing her images and editing process. Have a nice evening and see you soon !!!