I have a few different designs in the pipeline, but the size & complexity of each one is limited by the brittleness of some of the paper & the fact that I hand-cut them all - in large quantities. It's tempting to get a digital diecutter to extend the scope of what I can do, but there's something nice about them being a bit wibbly & flawed. Sitting there snipping away has given me something to do in those moments where you just want to zone out & watch trash TV or engage in some chit-chat or something.
And now, to this...
THE PAPER CHASE
Finding new sources of interesting paper is not easy - so I've devised a little plan. If you have any found paper laying around that you don't mind parting with & posting to me, I will in return, make you a collage with some of the paper you send & ship it back to you, keeping the rest of the paper for my own projects. You get a little artwork, I get some paper joy!
The types of paper I'm interested in are not necessarily rare or valuable ephemera. I'm looking for mainly pre-1970 paper (although I do use more recent, & brand new paper sometimes too, so a little of that is fine) such as the following...
- receipts & invoices
- advertisements from magazines, comics, etc. (I love the little ads in the back pages)
- pages from books, magazines, comics, ledgers & notebooks
- patterned end papers from books would be great
- labels & packaging
- envelopes, letters, stamps & postcards
- anything with handwriting on it, particularly old-fashioned pen & ink
- anything without writing on it such as notepaper, graph paper, etc.
- brown paper bags
- paper that is aged, yellow, spotty, stained, even torn is fine
- greeting cards & gift wrap
- sheet music
- flyers, forms, theatre programs, etc.
Extra great would be ephemera from different cultures - China, Japan, India, Mexico, etc. Colourful, decorated paper is nice, but not essential - some of my favourite pieces are regular white paper that has aged to varying shades of yellow & brown.
If you're interested in participating in the Magic Jelly Paper Chase, just send your little bundle of found paper to me with your return address. What you send me will naturally influence what I make for you (what a great challenge!) but I might also use some paper from my own collection, including some of my own test prints & illustrations. I don't expect you to send a massive bundle, but of course, it needs to be a fair exchange, so a nice little collection of bits & pieces would be good! The resulting artwork I make for you will be small-format, around 4x4" to 6x6" or thereabouts. Depending on where I need to ship it, turn around time will be 2-4 weeks.
Please send paper to:
P O Box 542
Welland. South Australia. 5007
As well as making sure to give me your return address (so I can send your collage!), if you could please enclose a little note with your package letting me know your email address, Etsy username (if you have one), site/blog url - that kind of thing - so I can contact you & mention you in my blog. Thank you!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
I'll be sure to post more about this project in my blog when I start receiving some paper goodies & making the collages to send out. Hooray!