Here’s one of my favorite recent thrifty treasures: a beautiful Fall-hued print by Iowa artist Kemlyn Tan Bappe. I love everything about this 12 x 18 print, from the subject matter to the color palette to the Batik look.
Even neater is that the original art piece from which the print was made is a Batik print created by Ms. Bappe through her participation in Very Special Arts Iowa (VSA Iowa), a state organization on arts and disability.
This paper print came ready to frame, backed on cardboard and wrapped in plastic with a VSA informational leaflet stating that “Kemlyn is a contemporary Asian Artist who creates paper and batik and fiber art… (and)… has been creating art for 27 years. Kemlyn lives and creates with Dyslexia.”
The Iowa Arts Council also shares this information:
Kemlyn Tan Bappe is a contemporary Peranakan artist from Singapore. She is Nonya, a woman of Peranakan descent. The Peranakan are a colorful, ornate culture that developed in the 15th & 16th century when immigrant Chinese inter-married non-Muslim Malay in Southeast Asia. The Peranakan have their unique cuisine, dance, dialect and a distinctive flair for color and ornate patterns in their art forms.
Tan Bappe’s work can be found in collections internationally. She lives and works in Mount Pleasant, Iowa with her husband and three children. She is a member of Metro Arts Alliance. She is a teaching artist with the Iowa Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster, World of Difference, VSA arts of Iowa and is the recipient of 2009/10 VSA National Teaching Artist Fellowship.
I’m on the hunt now for an appropriate frame; this print was part of a recent “haul” of several wonderful bargains, including a couple of stylin’ jackets for my daughter, a comfy pair of slip-on shoes, some sweet floral wall decor, and a pretty porcelain lidded box.