From my little chests of old paper, and scraps of cloth, cigar boxes and book covers, and made with an intuitive process. I can't seem to find a way to cut an accurate mitered score to bend them up from one flat piece (the old cigar box cardboard and bookboard is too thick and often rather brittle). So I began collaging over corners and making cloth hinges to fortify them. They have been kept in my jar of potpourri, so they are fragrant, too. My original idea was to use them for packaging my jewelry sales, but I think they may stand alone as ah-sem-blahjj (a la Michael DeMeng's favorite way of saying it).
Old wallpaper, dress pattern instructions in French,
an illustration from a Canadian mail order catalog advertising
men's pajamas, postcard birds, sealing wax, millinery trim,
the spine of an old book cover, salvaged cloth, button,
and that's just the outsides.
Insides have more text from 19th and 20th c. magazines
(I do love those little ads with the funky illustrations;
artists made a living at line drawings in that marketplace)
die cut paper butterflies that came to me in packaging from
an Etsy seller; a hand cut stamp of my own; and that
wonderful dress pattern tissue in French, so shabby chic.
This is the one I think is closest to a stand alone art work.
I call it "Smoking With The Stars, a Midcentury Bromance."
The two gentlemen, advertising men's pjs, are sharing a smoke,
on a bookboard salvaged from a retired library book about
the constellations, with corners reinforced with scraps of text
from the dressmaking pattern, the star book, and other cute oldies.
I drilled the bookboard and affixed a Bakelite button and the rolled
sari silk scrap for a closure. It is close to the size of a hard
pack of cigarettes. The two gentlemen look alot like
certain prominent Hollywood stars of the day; can you guess who?
I'm listing the Bromance one, just to test the waters. It's substantial, and I varnished it so it could take some wear. I prefer the nice, frosty matte look of paper surfaces, but I also wanted this one to have some beef to it. It's so much fun; every face has a little accidental detail that comes together with others to hint at some sort of story. You figure: "Fred", "Frederick," "Paris," "Answer to Augusta's Question," "Big Dog," "feel every beat of your heart" -- some hidden on the edge of legibility. It would be just right as a bit of heart (art) on a desktop, no? A little provoking, at once topical and mysterious.