Weekly Photography Challenge: Collage

I thought I might make a new collage to photograph for this weeks challenge, but yet again, the week has run away from me (or with me?). Anyway, I made this little book some years ago, and it’s full of collaged elements. I cut words and definitions out of an old dictionary to illuminate the quotes I used in it.

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Making collage out of a collection of miscellaneous scraps can be great fun, and I’m often amazed at how meaningful random juxtapositions can be. I think it’s about time I assembled a hodgepodge pile of bits and pieces and made another little book!

Weekly Photography Challenge: Creative Walls

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I’ve had a busy week, with a four-day workshop, learning some different book-bindings at Grampians Texture, with book artist Adele  Outteridge– besides which my computer has been recalcitrant, refusing to do what I asked of it. (I think it’s feeling better now…) So I’m compressing a week’s worth of posts into one. july-aug 2011 013 (Large)

Some years ago, I had gradually covered much of a wall of my workroom with various cuttings, clippings and posters, as well as the odd feather and leaf. I would now call it an “inspiration wall”, but I hadn’t heard the term at the time. One day, I took it all down, possibly to repaint – I don’t remember – but I then used all the bits and pieces to make several framed collages, of which these are two. They all have touches of red in them, which helps to unify the disparate elements. The second one has a poem I wrote, typed up on the electric typewriter we used to have…

“Peace!” is my battlecry,
With love I taunt my enemies,
And when they writhe in travail
on the floor
I ache with empathy.

There is also a clipping from a magazine explaining what empathy actually means and a quote from Carl Jung -“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”

Any collection of clippings and mementos could be treated the same way, framed and hung on a wall to be enjoyed, rather than hidden in a drawer.Bainbridge Is

This last piece was originally installed on the door of our fridge. The photo in the middle reminded me of the one on the right, which I hunted out in my old school mag…which reminded me of the boy next to me (we are out-lined in red) in that photo of the editorial committee, Castlemaine High School 1972…and the poem I wrote when I heard that he had died rather young…which I wrote, it happened, around the time that Charles Peterson photographed a band from Olympia, Washington, on Bainbridge Island. Then I wrote another poem about these coincidences, and stuck them all on the fridge, linked together with red thread, and there they stayed, and yellowed, until I took them down because they were so tatty.

However, I didn’t throw it all away, but transferred it onto a piece of paper in a drawer; eventually, I made a background of tea-stained board, which I embellished with stamps of flowers and birds, echoing the meadow where the band were. I applied them with the tea-stain still damp, so that they blurred slightly for a pleasing aged look.I also added rust-stained paper rings (meant for reinforcing holes on paper) and a coloured image of a bird, similar in outline to the stamped ones, which rounded out the composition ready for framing. It’s one of my favourite things (of which there are many….)

Creativity: You Have To Work On It

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia  in Melbourne has hosted a series of music and conversations with Australian performers within the spaces of the gallery. It’s a lovely complement to some of Australia’s best-known art works, and incentive for music-loving Melbournians to leave the house on a winter Sunday.

I wish I’d had my note-book out on Sunday when Paul Dempsey was being interviewed on creativity and what inspires him. He said that creative people have a compulsion to do whatever it is – songwriting, painting, playing guitar – whatever it is, the creative person is driven to do it… One reason for continuing, is that they don’t believe they actually know how to do whatever it is, so they need to keep trying. One can get closer and closer to nailing it, but never actually get there. Which reminded me of this quote from Henry Moore –a quote

Paul has been writing songs for twenty years or more, and the people who came to listen think he is an excellent songwriter, yet he says he still doesn’t know how to do it. He’s just compelled to keep trying to figure it out. And he says it’s work, you have to show up and do it, even if 90% of what you produce is “shit”. Just do the work. Writer’s block, he asserts, is a lame excuse for not working…DSCF4509

For the creative person, it’s the doing that counts, not the perceived quality of the work. Not everyone is a songwriter (just as well), but I believe everyone has a passion for something – something that they can never quite do. Doing it anyway is one thing that gives life meaning. And that means playing as much as working!a Jung quote

Creativity: Artist Scrapbook 3

More pages from “Sukie’s Life’s Journey”, a very scrappy artist scrapbook, which I hope will inspire others who save bits and pieces to make a place for them, and have fun at the same time.

as7There’s a quote from Carl Jung written on this page of the scrap book -“You cannot apply kindness and understanding to others if you have not applied it to yourself.”
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I had a desk calendar with wise quotes for every day of the year. Some of them found their way into the scrapbook. The word “free” appears often , as I was working toward a lot more personal freedom at the time – still am!

as10Do you see how the three pieces in the centre tie together? That’s what I love about sticking random pieces onto a page – so often, they come to make sense of each other. The more you have accumulated, the better it works! That’s not my favourite pic of Kurt, but newspaper editors (or whoever it is who chooses) seem to know of no other…

as9I don’t remember where I found the quote on the half-page here, but I do believe it is vital for mental health. There is a gum leaf stapled to this page – mere glue would not have held it. The newspaper photo is coloured in with pencils -a scrapbook like this is a fine place to test-out and enjoy your stash of art supplies…You do have a stash, don’t you???