The Glimmering Prize

The Glimmering Prize offers a bounty of heartfelt treasures made from discarded trinkets and everyday items. Mixed media collage artist, Lorraine Reynolds, transforms the mundane into mystical, the everyday into extraordinary. A graduate of FIT, Lorraine is a costume and technical designer by trade. A Vermont transplant for some 17 years, she takes found objects, such as broken dolls, rusty tins and discarded books and brings forth their unspoken stories, weaving tales of lost love, childhood memories and remembrance into each piece. Her work has been shown in NYC and throughout the state of Vermont. She is a proud member of the VT Book Arts Guild and ZNE.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I guess you could say I am self taught. I went to an art school, and work in the fashion and theatre businesses, but as for the art I do now, the roots are in my childhood. I started collaging at the age of 6 when I cut up my mom's Sear's catalogs and glued all the headless girdle photos onto a cheerios box. By the time I was 16 I had a deep connection with rubber cement. Not in the way some teenagers do, but by covering all my composition notebooks with collages of my favorite 80's bands. Often the inside of those notebooks had embellished pages, collections of things taped, stapled or glued in. I suppose those note books where my first altered books.

In 2004 I started my first "official" altered book as an art therapy project and have been hooked ever since.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Sleep. Seriously, I work a full time job supervising a department of five people at a major outdoor sports company, I have two kids, a dear husband, a dog and a fledging art career. I get up at 6 am and go to sleep around 12am. I LOVE SLEEP. I wish I could get more of it.

My second favorite thing to do is finish an art project-no matter how big or small. Finishing a new project means I can start another. It's like finishing chapters in a good book, once you start, it's really hard to stop.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Finding time to do EVERYTHING. Maintaining my shop and my listings, making new product, promoting the shop, myself and art in general, doing my accounting, shipping, following up with customers. I'm sure there's some thing I've left out. Just finding the time to do all that and stay sane is daunting. Even if all I did was run my own art business, it would still be challenging, but having a day job on top of it makes it even more of an uphill battle. It means I have to be really good at time management, delegating and accepting the things I can change. Like dust bunnies under my bed. Because until I make it rich and the cleaning lady comes back from her 15 year vacation to Hawaii, those dust bunnies are going to have to wait for me to photograph new items, update my blog or send out a e-mailing to all my cyberfriends and customers that I am having a promotion.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Where is Man Town. The photo of the man I use in that piece is one of my favorites. He looks so sad and sentimental, yet intrigued and curious. I really love the way that piece came out. It has a companion piece, "Sewing Up Rents" that is on display at a co-op gallery/shop in Brooklyn. I would love to have them both hanging together on my walls. They are a sweet pair.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A creative director for an ad agency or a teacher.

What other shops out there do you love?

What does your future hold?
Next year I turn forty, so I'm planning on making it a heck of a year! I'll be doing a few new art shows that I haven't done, I'll be teaching some workshops in altered books and assemblage next year, ramping up my studio to produce more pieces, taking some classes and making the most out of every moment I have on this earth. I continue to be amazed my the wonderful things life seems to have in store for me. I just keep pushing on. Don't dream it, be it... that's the motto for 2009.

Learn more about Lorraine at her blog, Hurry in to her shop today to take advantage of her Pre- Holiday special: free shipping on all orders totaling $50 or more and for a limited time buy any of the magnets from the SALE section at 2 for 14. Regular price is 8.50..