I have always been more of a collage-ist than a sketcher. I like the unexpected juxtapositions of content, scale and texture that can occur, and I prefer "drawing with scissors" to drawing with any other implement. For my daily collages, I set the bar low: work small and fast, with my existing stash of handmade and decorated papers and other materials. Usually I spend no more than 15 minutes on each collage, and they are the second thing I do in the studio each morning, after the tapestry diary.
At first I used half-sheets of typing paper as my substrate, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and glued them into my sketchbook.
|Annunciation 2 1-23-16|
After a few weeks, I began to notice a few things: that I enjoy irregular edges, having elements that hang off the sides or intrude into some kind of implied margin.
|Wild Thing? 2-1-2016|
I often reflect my morning walk with the dog, responding to the weather or the season. This is my visual rendition of the spring peepers I heard one foggy morning.
|Spring Peepers/Predawn Fog 2-2-2016|
I'm noticing that many of my compositions reflect my current interest in illuminated manuscripts. And that's one of the coolest surprises for me--to be able to look back at these daily pieces and notice some aspects of personal style that emerge. The way to make better work is simply to make lots of it; a daily practice allows you to do that.
|Illuminated MS 1-26-2016|
I began to notice that what with all the pasting of paper down on each page of my sketchbook, it was beginning to bulge. So I started slicing out most of the page and gluing or sewing in a new, usually smaller page to the remaining stub. For these photos I have slid plain white paper behind the collage for clarity.
|Terrorist attack in Brussels 3-22-16|
I couldn't resist the temptation to see if some of these little pieces might, with judicious cropping, be suitable as small, 4"x 6" tapestries. So I placed a 4 x 6 paper viewfinder over some of the collages to see what would happen:
|Annunciation 2, cropped|
|Spring Peepers, cropped|