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San Francisco Featured Artist: Sandra Purchase

San Francisco Featured Artist: Sandra Purchase

San Francisco Featured Artist: Sandra Purchase at Red Union Hair Salon and Art Gallery San Francisco, CA

Sandra Purchase: I currently live and work in the South-West of England.

I have always enjoyed collecting and working with vintage material, postcards and general ephemeral from a bygone era. This crucial gathering of materials is a focal point of my work. This interest led me to complete a three year BA Honors Design Craft Degree at the University of Crafts which I completed in 2000.

Since then my work has been based on images taken from periods advertising, the glamour and glitz of the 1950’s, Mills and Boon cover titles of that era, old film posters and annuals. I select these images because they remind me of my childhood, the way my mother dressed, the books she may have read and the films I enjoyed as I grew up.

The glamours, sugary nature of these pictures are the main inspirations; immaculate hair, polished smiles and perfect faces, but I adapt them using my found reclaimed vintage fabric. The layering of printed material retains much of the original glamour but places the characters or scenes within a more surreal setting removed from the original context. The actors, with each piece, become embedded within the make-up of fabric and trimmings. A further application of paints and additional threads produces the final theatrical and frivolous results.

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