North Bay, California based artist Wendy Gold is in the business of giving others the world – literally. Launched in 2010, Gold’s ImagineNations collection takes vintage globes (some so old as to be geographically outdated!) and turns them into the canvases for decoupage art. Gold has experimented with unusual canvases for the past decade, first breaking onto the scene with transformed toilet seats and bathroom scales, before moving on to globes. She uses only recycled materials in her decoupage, and her globe repetoire has grown to include wedding and birth announcements, graduation gifts, and motivational statements, as well as the world of cartoons and children’s books (Superman and other heroes, Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” and Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” are among those sampled on her website).
These and her other beautifully designed globes, including Ceres, shown above, covered in winding vines, florals, and butterflies, are available for perusal at http://artonglobes.com/. Globes are sold in 6, 10, and 12-inch sizes, with customization (addition of names, dates, spotlight areas, etc.) available on any size globe for fees ranging from $50-1,500 and the base price for a 12-inch globe ~$500.
See on artonglobes.com
In the spirit of wanderlust, check out this poem by Nomi Stone, originally published in LitCouture on May 9, 2010:
Trapped on Djerba, Island of the Lotus Eaters
You are walking through a long grove. Pebbly sand underfoot. On the edge, a field
of colossal flowers, sagging low with pollen. Have you been here before, you think?
The sky phosphoresces, broken triangles between branches and stems.
Above you, gigantic pistils and stamens mingling in the cups of the flowers.
Ticks twitch in grass. You feel alive. Also wary.
No one stops you when you climb inside those white necks, breathe into
those white necks and lose all sense. Like
a girl’s belly, like the smell of her collarbone,
Like—And what’s more, the gulf was the same blue as the sky. We
(you were not alone) did not know which imitated which. Heavens stretched
out and up. Out, to that great sea roiling with histories. Up, implying
eternities. We lived equally between those blues. We still do.
“How to climb out of here?” asked one.
“Why?” answered another. Nothing exists
except what is one eyeblink below, one eyblink above.
Nomi Stone’s first book of poems, Stranger’s Notebook (from which the above poem is excerpted) chronicles her time living in one of the last cohesive Jewish communities in North Africa. She has a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing in Tunisia. Stone is currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Columbia University. She has received poetry fellowships and grants from the Vermont Studio Center and the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. To learn more, please check out the Northwestern University Press website at http://www.nupress.northwestern.edu