My friend, the artist/photographer/creator/deep thinker/unselfish spirit, asked me to come over one day and make collages, or “cut and paste” as she called it. “OK,” I said reluctantly. I couldn’t imagine creating anything worthwhile without planning it for weeks or months, but I thought I’d give it a try.
When I got there, she had covered her dining room table with a protective cloth and had out an incredible assortment of supplies. There was a beautiful array of scrapbook paper, markers of all shapes, sizes, and colors, magazine pictures, photographs, samples of some of her previous work, and paint, scissors, and glue, of course.
I was both impressed and overwhelmed. Then she showed me her laptop where she had collected over one hundred samples of collages and other artwork she liked and pasted them into a document that we scrolled through for inspiration. I felt the pressure starting to build, and I knew I was going to really struggle with this that day.
Then, then she showed me some of these pages from a calendar that she had found in an antique shop:
I was totally in awe. As an amateur calligrapher, I was taken by the hand-written work. And so many of these quotes had such a depth of meaning to them. “This is a treasure!” I exclaimed.
“You can use them, too,” she told me.
“Oh, I could never cut these apart. They are amazing, they are one-of-a-kind, they are gorgeous.”
“We can make copies of them then,” she said with a smile.
And so, I was inspired, and that day with my friend I made some collages from these sayings. The ideas just came into my head without warning and without effort on my part. Afterwards I was so excited, and I made a list of other ideas that came to me for more work. I am ashamed that I have kept myself busy with other things since then, but now I am anxious to get back to these while I have some time, before the summer fades away.