Monday, March 7, 2011

Collage - Home

Another collage in a series of Home collages.  This one is created from a vintage sewing pattern, paint and papers.  I used some rusty hardware and an old decorative button.  Again, an odd assortment of letters to spell out the simple word, HOME.  The quote is from one of my favorite poets:
Dwell in possibility.
-Emily Dickinson

So, why am I making all of these collages?  I guess I am not really sure.  It might be some sort of compulsive behavior.  I have oodles of materials.  I am lucky enough to have a designated space.  But, I have not been to art school.  I am not an artist.  I do not show in a gallery or sell at a boutique.  And, for most of these collages, the only people who have even seen these are you (and there aren't many of you, dear reader) and my husband.  So, what in the world am I doing with these?!?  It is a question I keep asking myself. 
I find that if I let the materials sit, if I don't go into the studio, I feel antsy.  I get ideas about what to make, I need put them together.  So I do. 
What am I doing, however?  I guess I dwell in possibility.  I dwell in the possibility that I may someday be able to show them somewhere.  Maybe sell on-line.  or at a coffee house.  I consider the possibility that I may give one as a gift to a friend.  I need courage to make these leaps.  I need to consider myself an artist.  I consider the possibility that I will refine my craft and make them better and more interesting....
Until then, I make more.  I wait for courage.  I dwell in possibility.


  1. I love your collage -- and I soooo believe you're an artist even if you never show/sell anything! But I understand the challenge in viewing oneself as an artist . . .

    Just stopped by via CED. Looking forward to seeing more of your work :)

  2. Yes! The possibility. I love the collage and am excited that you are honoring the urge and need to create even without knowing whether or how your art will be seen.

  3. This piece is via CED....

    I have to tell you, I was making art and not calling myself an artist for decades....then, one day, when I had this strange wash of confidence come over me....when someone asked me what I did...I said I was an artist! It changed everything for me...mentally! I realized no one will respect me as an artist until I respect myself first! You are are an artist! Check out You can sell online for free there...I have one.

    Nothing boosts your artistic morale than making a sale :D

    Believe in yourself...and have fun!

  4. You ARE an artist!! And you don't need a reason to keep doing the collages. Just keep doing them. :-)

  5. I agree with all. You are indeed an artist. Sometimes it is still hard for me to embrace that title, but I'm lucky that it embraces me and gives me no choice but to accept the fact.