Friday, May 13, 2011

Some things stay with you.

What were you like as a kid?  Did you have a collection?  Was there a particular subject or theme that you liked, such as cars or movie stars?  Were you "out" with your passions, or did you hide them if you thought it was too "geeky"?

I had a moment of clarity about a month ago.  I was preparing to give a demo at the Gallery & Frame Shop downtown about my collage work and how I choose to frame it.  I was gathering a pile of different types of ephemera to show the group when I came across this:

I had completely forgotten that I had made this "magazine" for my doll house!  Because the "cover" says August of 1978 I'm going to take a guess that I made it right around the same time (magazines didn't stay in our house very long, unlike now).  This also looks like the way I printed back then - I would've been two months' shy of my 10th birthday.  :D  I can't remember now if I made more pages or if my short attention span got the better of me, but these are the only two that survived.

I actually rediscovered them in a doll house curio cabinet drawer, along with this "record"":   Remember the Columbia Record Club and all of those marvelous little stamps?  Well, I would take them and make them into "albums" for my doll house.  Alas, this is the only one I've found so far, but I'm sure glad I have it!  And oh, what I wouldn't give to get my hands on some of these stamps now!  Maybe I'm not looking in the right place online but I've yet to find anyone selling them.  I don't know why I picked a Broadway musical as my stamp - did I find the "Dolly"/doll house connection ironic?  That logic is lost to the ages.

Around the same time, I made this notebook, too.  The middle of the flower is a hole punch remainder.  Hmm...I'm beginning to notice a pattern!

Aside from the joy of finding stuff I made when I was a kid, it brought valuable insight to how I, in a VERY roundabout way, am finally doing what may have been mapped out for me when I was eight or nine years old.  I've heard that from other people too - that if you think back to what you loved to do when you were little - before "the man" and reality tells you what you should be doing with your life to make money - THAT'S what you'd really rather be doing.

So what about you?  Did any of you ephemerologists out there create stuff like this?  Did you love this kind of stuff, only to abandon it for 30+ years because, aw, it's just "kid's stuff"?  I would love to hear your stories!  If you'd like to share, please post in the comments below.


  1. Oh goodness- where to start? At the same age I was making all sorts of stuff and getting lost in "the Zone" Broken jewelry, bits of fabric, papers. I still have the two scraps books I started when I was 10- filled with cards, notes, candy wrappers, ribbons from gifts...

  2. As a kid I collected rocks and seashells - I think they are still in my brother's basement, left over from when mom lived in the house. I had lots of dolls as a child, but they were more of an interest for my mother and grandmother. Some still reside in a cabinet left to me by my mother. These days I rather compulsively collect paper items, but I tell myself they are all for collages, and at least they fit in a couple egg crate "file cabinets."

  3. Great collections, Sherry! I am definitely noticing a pattern between collectors and collagists. I think the two fit perfectly together, yes? :D Thank you so much for sharing! :D

  4. YES! I had a dollhouse and collected all kinds of miniatures and am now using all of them in my art!I starting doing that right around turning 50 and thinking that someday it would probably all end up in the dump, so why not start using it all up and making someone else happy!