Claudine Hellmuth closed the door on an artistic dry spell
by creating Poppets. The inspiration for these mixed-media
collages stems not only from the artist’s own imagination
but also from the stories and photos belonging to patrons
seeking custom-made works.
In naming her
new creative series Claudine said, “My English grandmother
used to use the word "poppet" as a term of endearment saying
to me "don't worry little poppet everything is going to be
OK." And since these artworks make me feel happy, safe and
young -- the name fit perfectly. This new way of working,
beckoned me back into the creative process and the thrill of
creating simply for fun.”
Poppets have been featured nationally in magazines such as
Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, as well as on television
in an edition of HGTV’s “I Want That!” and on the DIY
network’s program, “Craft Lab.” In 2006 Claudine was also
featured on Martha Stewart’s satellite radio program.
Not one to
guard her secrets, Claudine shares her collage-making tips
in her two books, “Collage Discovery Workshop” and “Collage
Discovery Workshop – Beyond the Unexpected.” She also
teaches collage techniques in three instructional DVDs that
she produced and in the creative workshops she conducts
throughout the US and Canada.
Hellmuth’s images have been licensed to grace book covers,
rubber-stamps, journals, and more. She holds a BFA
(Concentration: painting/mixed media) from the Corcoran
College of Art and Design in Washington D.C.
takes a post-modern approach to image making. These images
represent an investigation into the photographic medium
itself. Deconstructing then restructuring the imagery to
give meaning to the content of the final image. These images
are more “about photography” than being typical photographs.
They attempt to create a fictitious space and are closer to
painting in their composition and layered structure. The
imagery creates a visually layered effect, by placing images
within the image, scratching the emulsion and juxtaposing
the "hand-drawn" with a "machine-made” image. Suggested
relationships between the characters are devised to help
create a contemporary narrative as a poetic device.” - Allan
Maxwell started teaching in the late ‘70s and has been an
adjunct instructor of Photography at Valencia Community
College since 2001. He is the recipient of numerous grants,
both in the state of Florida and in Pennsylvania.
Katharine Butler Gallery, Sarasota, Florida (2006)
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida (2003)
Paulina Miller Gallery, Phoenix Arizona (2002)
Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida (2000)
Minot State University, Minot, North Dakota (2000)
University of Nevada, Reno, NV (1998)
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio (1997)
photographs are included in the collections of The Polk
Museum (Lakeland, FL), the Center for Photography
(Woodstock, NY), the Maitland Art Center and Valencia
College (Orlando, Florida), and the Polaroid Corporation
(Cambridge, MA), among others.