|Courtesy Wikipedia (paper shredder)|
I used to think this way too. I've been collecting ephemera since I was 14 years old and up until about 5 years ago would never have dreamt of cutting up my collection! I worked long and hard scouring antiq---
Oh, right! There's a little thing called the Interweb now. And what's this? Those ink labels that I paid dearly for in that antique store in 1982 are 5 for a buck on Ebay? Soup can labels that I was certain were lost forever are plentiful everywhere I look? Old stock certificates can be had for mere pennies?
|I use copies too! :D|
I like to think that I'm reincarnating these pieces and that their second life will be lived in a more artful way; that maybe their mundane existence wrapping a sardine can will be rewarded by spending the next 50 years (or more, hopefully!) slathered in ink and paste and possibly framed for all to see. Isn't that more exciting than spending your life in a drawer?
Here are some pieces I've done using nothing but the real deal: