Last night, I did a little last minute work on an entry for the National Collage Society’s Juried Show. I removed the piece from its frame, because the glass on the frame got cracked in transport. Then, I stood it up at eye level and used my husband’s digital camera and tripod to take my pictures. Of course, I still could not use a flash, because it reflected off of the magazine paper.
Then, I downloaded it to my computer and adjusted the light and color with Picasa and then Adobe Photoshop. I was able to send my entries digitally, along with the entry form, which I scanned. Then, I paid my fee via PayPal. It was a lot of work, but much less stressful than mailing it.
I started this piece a couple of years ago on white sketchpad paper. I was experimenting with including geometric shapes in my collage designs. I love Oriental carpets, and collect pictures of them – many of my collages incorporate at least one element from a rug. I also love frames and framing elements.
When I was looking around for entries in the Blue Ridge Gallery Show this past summer, my mother suggested that I work with this piece. Like I said, I started out with a white background – I don’t know why. We decided it needed something in the background, so I chose this beautiful handmade paper I found at Sam Flax.
In order to incorporate the new background, I had to painstaking remove all of the elements and replace them on top of the paper. Of course, I took a picture of the original before I took it apart. I was able to keep the framed elements together and only damaged a few of the Oriental rug “tiles”. Fortunately, I was able to find more pictures of those patterns and to replace the torn pieces.
All in all, the piece is (I think) 16 inches by 20 inches – the largest I’ve made. I had it framed (my talented mother did the matting) in a beautiful bright brushed gold frame. It looked great hung at the Blue Ridge Show, and I hope that it will place in this show.
The National Collage Society show will be at Mason Murer Gallery in the Atlanta area. It is supposed to be a really large space, and we are fortunate to have the show in our area. I think that the decisions about placing will be made by mid-September and that the show will run from mid-October to December 31.