Saturday, December 24, 2016
Use It or Lose It
A couple years ago when I began making mail art, my early love of postage stamps was rekindled. So then I started collecting stamps, which I buy from a seller who comes to the local antique shows. And then just putting them by country in clumps in plastic sleeves in a couple of binders.
I'm not a real stamp collector, I just like them, especially engraved stamps. I decided recently to start using them in my collages, on mail art, wherever, instead of just collecting them to sit in binders. At least that way I can see them and enjoy them.
Similarly with the old books I've collected. I'm not really a collector of old books, I won't pay ridiculous prices for something just to have it, what I have isn't worth trying to sell and I don't want to anyway, so I may as well tear out pages or cut out illustrations to use in my art. That's why I bought them in the first place, really.
And then there's cool scrapbook paper that I collected for bookmaking. Some of this, now, is going into my collages.
I've been using my collection of handmade fabrics in recent stitching projects. Although I used the bulk of what I originally had in art quilts I made from 2008 to 2012, plus I sold quite a bit of it, I held back enough fabric that I really loved for future projects. That's what I've been using for recent handstitched pieces. And I still have enough to last me the rest of my life.
So...use it or lose it.
Hope you enjoy a peaceful holiday weekend.