Thursday, February 13, 2020

Storing Collage Ephemera

I tend to rotate out my collage ephemera, like a parent rotates out a child's toys. It helps to keep my selection fresh and for me to see things with new eyeballs. Whatever I'm not using at the moment, is in one small drawer in a rolling cart. 

One. Drawer. 

I've decided (space wise), I'm not holding onto a lot of paper and will keep what I truly want now and not hold on to too much.

For what I am using in my work today (at home and on the go), I am a big fan of Eagle Creek pack-it cubes. I use the largest size (shoe size) for my papers. The only sorting that I do is focals go in the back and backgrounds are in the front. 

I usually carry more background papers than focal (main) images. I like to use my main image to draw you into the work (most of my images are images of women, images I feel represent me in some way) and the background papers are supporting characters. They can be interesting shapes, textures, colors, text, etc... Sometimes I end up painting over everything while other times, I treat the images like coloring books. A green chair becomes a pink one, an oval shape transforms into a flower, etc... I use these shapes to guide and inspire me. With each applied layer of paint or mark, they take my hand and start to guide the work. 

I've found over the years that storing the images this way inspires me. I learned a long time ago, I can't store things by color, subject, etc... I like the spontaneity of new discoveries with my collage ephemera being in one place.


inkerdoodler said...

Since developing neuropathy in my hands after chemo, I find it hard to effetively control tools for writing my own words, so I cut out words/phrases to glue into journals. I sort them by topic into little plastic boxes from Michaels (when on sale with a coupon) that all fit into a little "luggage like" tote. Some topics are stuffed full of words (transitions/change; emotions; time/memory) and ready to overflow!
Like you, my focal images, mostly of women that "speak to who I am" are only sorted by size because I have multiple journals in progress simultaneously, all different sizes. I store them in plastic boxes so they don't get wrinkled. I sort my background papers by color family, only because my "MO" or brain function tends to be somewhat organized by colors. I store them in 12x12" plastic boxes from Michael's.

Jan said...

Hi Kelly, I LOVED this post. It's full of inspiration, direction, ideas, and motivation. I'm at a crossroads of sorting and storing. One thing I know is if I put it all away then I forget it and I keep buying more. I'm trying to find a way to keep it in sight so I use it. I just bought a ten drawer unit from Michaels but I have no idea how I'll use it yet. This post did, indeed, open up my mind to more ideas.
Thank you so much for sharing this and the pictures also helped.