Books, books everywhere with pages flying through the air, turned upside down and inside out for a series of collages.
I thought I had so very many books for collage that I had been giving them away. I am now out buying up at op shops. I get some strange looks from the people serving me as the selected books are so diverse. My last big buy included: The National Estate, Australia’s Heritage, Album of a Nation, Australian Endangered Species, Florida, The Stockman, Black is Beautiful, One living as one and loving it, Orchids of Africa, Our Royal Family and lots more. The image is important but almost as much is the quality of the paper that supports it.
From time to time I will post some of my work in progress. Some of these make the cut and others do not. These are details only.
I don’t remember all of the books in my collection for collage but last night I remembered a wonderful book about West Australian Wildflowers and of course I couldn’t find it for hours. Books went flying when I was searching. You know what it’s like I’m sure. I remembered the spine, I always remember the spine (not always an accurate memory) was dirty grey and broken still didn’t help me find it any sooner. Found it. Next time my studio is covered in paper I will post a pic and you will see what a mess I am working in.
I want you to know that I always look up the books to make sure they are not rare or unique in some way because of course I would not cut them if that was the case. Often books are kept on a shelf and not appreciated or loved by anyone and then a collage artist (maybe me) will come along and pull it apart to make a unique artwork that can be looked at and appreciated.
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