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Thursday, November 12, 2015

1000 Collages: Process and Lessons Learned

There's not much that's more satisfying than confronting a random pile of scraps and having elements from that pile come together in a collage. Following is a You Tube time-lapse video of me, assembling two collages:



One of the challenges of doing daily creative work is pushing myself to do the work/play when I don't feel like doing it. When I first started this, I was unemployed and had plenty of time. I fussed over my collages, sometimes spending several hours on just one. Slowly and out of necessity, I became quicker, more spontaneous, more intuitive in my approach.

If it's the end of the day, I'm tired, I'm not inspired. I'm bored with my stash, my brain is shutting down. I bumped up against these challenges often. I still needed to do my daily collage.

It becomes a form of prayer, a bedtime ritual like brushing one's teeth.  It becomes a celebration of the materials: an old piece of sheet music, the small pictures in an old dictionary, splats of craft paint.  It becomes an exercise in creative stamina and endurance.I learned that play and spontaneity were my allies in getting a piece to come together, much more so than careful planning and rumination.

Collage to go: travelling and keeping up. Necessities: pre-cut paper for the substrate, a glue stick and some scissors. The temptation is to load up with possible elements, the challenge is to keep it simple. Paper, scissors, glue, and whatever ephemera comes my way during the course of the day. When travelling to Minnesota for Christmas, I made collages with Red Bull packaging, gift wrap, and a paper sack from the "Hello Kitty" store in Roseville, Minnesota.

After over three years, I finally reached my goal of creating 1000 four by four inch collages.  And then, after a few more,  I stopped.  It was time to turn back to poetry.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

October 6th 2013

October 6th, 2013
October 6th, 2013: Caught One!

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

"One a Day" Inspiration

Randel Plowman - A Collage a Day - provided the initial inspiration for my "One a Day" project back in the summer of 2010. About a year ago, he published a book about his project, and I have used the book often to help get me going.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

One (or Two) a Day - July 15th, 2013: 993 & 994

July 15th, 2013: Number 994
July 15th, 2013: Number 993

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday, July 07, 2013

French Knots & Floral - Needle Thread Cloth challenge


Artist Theresa Martin recently started a blog - needle thread cloth - that issues a monthly challenge for artists to use embroidery in mixed-media artwork. June's challenge was to use French knots with a floral theme.

Several years ago, I scored a major thrift-store coup when I came upon two small plastic organizers filled with embroidery floss in every color. So when I discovered the blog and read the first challenge, I broke out those boxes and dove right in.

Honestly, I was just going to play around and do a couple of flowers and practice doing French knots. But once I started, I couldn't stop. I took a pair of hot-pink jeans that I recently found at a yard sale, deconstructed them and got to work. Here is the result.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

One (or more) a Day - June 14th, 2013

June 14th, 2013: No. 1
June 14th, 2013: No. 2

June 14th, 2013: No. 3

Sunday, June 09, 2013

One (or more) a Day - June 9th, 2013

June 9th. 2013: No. 1
June 9th, 2013: No. 2

June 9th, 2013: No. 3

Saturday, June 08, 2013

One (or more) a Day - June 8th, 2013

June 8th, 2013: No. 1

June 8th, 2013: No. 2
June 8th, 2013: No. 3

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Saturday, June 01, 2013

One (or more) a Day - June 1st, 2013

June 1st, 2013 No. 1
June 1st, 2013, No. 2
June 1st, 2013, No. 3

Sunday, May 26, 2013

One (or more) a Day - May 26th, 2013

May 26. 2013 No. 1 - I Want One
May 26th, 2013, No. 2
May 26th, 2013, No. 3

Monday, May 20, 2013

One (or more) a Day - May 20th, 2013

May 20th, 2013, No. 1
May 20th, 2013, No. 2
May 20th, 2013, No. 3

Sunday, March 24, 2013

One a Day - March 24th, 2013

March 24th, 2013: No. 1
March 24th, 2013: No. 2

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Fussy Little Flamingo Shrine

I made this little shrine specifically for the tiny pink flamingo I bought from Silver Crow Creations.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Name That Grumpy Cat

Help me out here, I'm stumped for a name for this one.
Name That Grumpy Cat.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

One a Day - February 3rd, 2013: Emily D.

February 3rd, 2013: Emily D. "Not to discover weakness is / The mystery of strength"

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Friday, February 01, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013