Even before I had finished Project Every Day —where I wore only clothing I had made and documented both the process and the clothes—I knew that I wanted to continue making daily art of some sort, but what? I also knew that it would not involve me posting image of myself. Nope. Not doing that again.
I have always been intrigued by collage. It is a mystery to me, and I wanted to learn how to do it. Unlike with making garments, I have no history.
Still the idea would not leave my head.
Then I got super sick. This resulted in dozens of cough drop wrappers. DOZENS.
I started by spelling out the word cough.
I did this more as a way of demonstrating my experience than as actual art, but then I thought—What if I just see how far I can push these coffee drop wrappers?
What if I post these images on Instagram?
After a few days, I was running out of cough drop wrappers, but I really wanted to keep going.
I realized that I could build upon my collage narrative by adding one new bit of media everyday. So I added some green. It looks like wallpaper!
I have always been fascinated by the idea of sampling in music, and I have done it myself in essays. Why not do it in collage? Here is a piece by Jonathan Lasker .
Bits of his work from an Artforum magazine became the next building blocks in my work. It is kind of like using paper versions of art as fabric.
I am mildly concerned that some of these artists might think I shouldn’t being this. I think I am using magazine images of their work for artistic and educational purposes—I am just teaching myself how to collage. But they might think I am stealing. It is NOT their real work—it is magazine pages of their work with gallery lettering all over it. We will see how that all goes down.
As the days go by, I use up the green so it disappears from the collage work. I cough some more so I get more wrappers.
One collage rolls into the next one. And I am always excited to see what is going to happen next.
Here I added some random columns from an advertisement. I wasn’t properly documenting when I did this, so I don’t have the original in my files. I hadn’t figured that out yet.
Now, I am documenting each bit I add in a separate file on my computer.
Here is James Lee Byars work “Untitled” from 1959.
And here is the collage.
Next, I used a piece by Enrico David to create more bits of fabric.
And then I introduced some patterned paper I had made while listening to a lecture. It was sanctioned doodling They even gave me the paper and markers. Now it has been rolled into the mix.
At some point, I decided I wanted the collages in a book. So I did that. I am a bit on the fence about it. I like the book, but I would also like to see these displayed as independent pieces going around a room all at eye level. Or clustered.
I certainly haven’t figure out all the rules yet, but I am getting there.
1. I will work with found paper materials
2. I will post a collage a day on Instagram. If you want to follow along you can by going here < https://www.instagram.com/talesofastitcher/> Sometimes I will get behind (like now), but I will post 365 of these things.
3. Every collage can have one new bit of media and as much of the older elements as there is available.
4. When an element is used up it disappears from my collage work unless I cough some more or find duplicate materials.
5. I can add watercolors and pens or pencils to the work.
5. The project is called 365 Collage.
6. I may or may not keep these images in a book.
7. I will not take myself too seriously—I am learning!
Is anyone else out there doing a daily project? Do you like it? Have you been sharing on social media?