Okay, a little back story - Terri Fleming, the community liaison for our library, knows that my friends and I like using books in our collages. Not just the pages, either - the spines, the covers, the vintage library card pockets you sometimes find in the older books - we utilize everything we can find! So when a big shipment of Readers Digest Condensed Books came in to The Book Cellar recently, guess who she notified immediately? :D
Oh, the Book Cellar (get it?) is FANTASTIC! It's a used book store located right in our library! I have found more books (and collage fodder!) there than anyplace else in town. The prices are insanely cheap, too, and all proceeds benefit our wonderful library! It's a win-win-win! :D
Collage artists - you know how you start with a base, and then you just happen to find the PERFECT pieces for your new work right in front of your nose? Well, that happened to me today! It was like kismet, I tell ya, because right after I had dismantled the RDCB for my cover, I noticed this vintage German bag (from Present and Correct) staring at me:
Okay! Now we're getting somewhere!
After that I just found a couple of images from a vintage American Magazine, and I now have all the makings for my collage! But wait....what if I SEWED some of those images?!
And what if I used some wording from this 1954 British handbook called "The Highway Code" (also from Present and Correct - MUCH more on this little booklet later!), and SHAZAM!!!! We're all set!
Here is the finished collage - I'm really happy with how it turned out! Wish me luck - I entered it in an exhibit called "Juxtaposition: The Madness of Collage". Keep your fingers crossed that it gets chosen! :D