This week in Contemporary Collage we were looking at 'decoupage' moving from making collage on flat surfaces to decorating an object. Artists we looked at included: Rauschenberg; Matthew Jackson; Peter Blake, Raschid Jackson: Grayson Perry; Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell
We were asked to bring in something that didn't mind collaging over, cutting up or adding to. I found this pink card suitcase in the childrens section of a charity shop and having grand ideas about making a Shrine for Lost Earrings , I also brought in a selection of the small boxes I'd collected over the years when purchasing earrings.
Apart from the usual losses/ breakages , I had a purse of favourite earrings lost/stolen from my rucksack when left in the lobby of a hotel in Athens in 2002 . Some of them I had remade but others were irreplacable ( incuding some I'd bought in Seraphos just days before) . Since then I only take earrings on holiday that I wouldn't mind losing too much ( I mainly wear dichroic glass ones)
I even made a Journal Quilt containing fabric I printed using scans of earrings
and have been meaning to make an amulet against lost earrings for quite some years ( pictures below are from the excellent book on the subject by Sheila Paine. )
I then found a picture of theatre boxes from an old V&A members magazine to stuck inside and decided to leave it as it was ( with the addition of a Greek God ). Not so much shrine as suitcase theatre. A bit obvious but working in 3D is still outside my comfort zone.
After lunch I turned my attentions to all the little boxes ( reminded by Simon of the boxes of Susan Hiller)
I used scraps of fabric, sequin waste and foil; bits of braid and ribbon; old stamps : quirky illustrations from magazines; fold out strips of paper. As usual time passed too quickly and I'm just staring to explore the possibilities of combining them , stacking them , putting them together. Some of them might still end up as miniature pocket shrines.