Liza Mackinnon - Lawrence, Kansas
Ms Mackinnon is a Lawrence, Kansas librarian. As a self-taught artist she is working in a variety of mediums. Her primary focus in the last few years is historical fashion made from paper. These fashion statement paper costurmes are approximately 2.5 -3' tall and very detailed in design elements. Liza considers the country and or time period of the woman as she is designing the dress. They are created from pages of books, maps, letters, photos and currency - domestic and foreign. Many of the characters are historic figures such as Marie Antoinette, Desdamona from Shakespear, Mary Todd Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and Marie Curie, some are personalities from fiction and a few are completely abstract.
Joe Malin - Plainville, Kansas - 1928-2010
Copper Rod Art
Joe Malin was a man of few words but loved to create with wire and sheet metal. After work in farming and the oil field, he became a self-taught artist in his last 15 years. Most of his welded creations were fashioned from a heavy 8-gauge wire.. Most relate to the old "Wild West", and his sense of humor is often quite evident. Joe and his wife Rita had 9 children who were the recipients of much of his work. If they needed a weather vane, a table to hold sheet music, or an office storage unit, he would get the creative juices flowing and design a piece with "A bit of attitute". he was very please with the farm machinery of day-gone-by, which he created from memory.