Now that the birdhouses are gone at Galerie Mallory, the walls at the Shelter Island art gallery are adorned with small framed collages featuring seascapes and sea creatures by collage artist Denise Fiedler.
She began her career in interior design and worked as a store designer for Crate and Barrel, Marimekko, and Marshall Field’s (which Macy’s acquired in 2005). When Fiedler moved to San Francisco, she launched her own textile-based fashion and accessory company, Bravura.
Fiedler, who also created the Galerie Mallory sign and logo, said she’s now focusing on collage art. Examples of her work also featured on her website, www.pastesf.com.
“For this show, I did all things inspired by the sea,” she said. “Shells, boats, whales and fish. Things like that. It’s a focus show about the sea and Shelter Island.”
Fiedler works mainly with paper, including vintage ephemera. Ephemera paper items are typically disposed of after a short period of time, such as ticket stubs, maps, greeting cards, postcards, menus and pamphlets.
“I use discarded book pages from old books and newspapers,” Fiedler explained. “A lot of times, I paint over the pages and do woodblock over it for more texture.”
The artist also makes collage portraits of animals, mostly of pets. Fiedler says it began when she started collecting vintage flashcards.
“I started making faces out of numbers from the math flashcards,” she said, adding she used the number “7” for noses. “A graphic artist friend of mine said, ‘Why don’t you add print?’ So, that’s how it started.
The portraits are done the same way,” she continued. “If people can’t bring their pet, they usually send me a photograph. It’s best if they’re taken at eye level to get a good shot of the pet and I usually like to know something about the pet’s personality to convey that in the collage.”
On Saturday, Aug. 15, Fiedler will be at Galerie Mallory from noon to 5:00 p.m. to meet with people and their pets interested in commissioning a pet portrait collage.
A reception will take place between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Twenty percent of Saturday’s sales will be donated to Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue in Sagaponack. Fiedler’s collage art is also for sale and will be on display at the gallery until Aug. 24.
Galerie Mallory is located at 183 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island. Call 631-680-3258 to make an appointment and reserve a spot.