Iopen the envelope up, so that allthe points of interest can be seen.
Sorting through my stash of foundpapers and ephemera is part of my process. Thumbing throughold books and magazines untilI nd the right imagery and textis also a big part. (Be wary of copyright when doing this.) Forexample, the sweet little girl thatI used (left)—it just felt right touse her, instinct you may say—hasnothing whatsoever to do withthe envelope itself. It is all partof expressing one’s particularinterests.
What I have in mind as I workis to build a coherent visual pieceusing collected papers and fabricsfrom many sources. I sometimesinclude my own drawings ormonoprints. I want to achievedepths of opacity, with addedtext, color, and texture. I useembroidery to highlight not onlymy love of owers, but also mylove of the decorative stitch. Withembroidery, I bring surface texture,color, and interest to my work;I take each piece down anotheravenue and have more fun with it.The nal touch is the additionof buttons: wonderful, beautiful,old buttons. They, too, have a storyto tell, even better if they are fromyour mother’s or grandmother’sbutton box! I adore how theycatch the light or brighten a pieceof work with their cheery colors,shapes, and sizes; somehow they just nish the
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Buttons, trims, and vintage fabric for collage.Bottom: Preparing an encaustic surface for collage.