see more of my collage a day project in my paper works flickr set.
i have a habit of holding pages up to the light when i am cutting up books and magazines for collages. when there are images on both sides i check to see if i can extract from one and still use a portion of the other. i do this all the time. so i can't believe i never thought of this before. i saw it here on vivienne strauss' flickr stream. she found it here on seriykotik1970's photostream. good stuff. and so much fun.
if you try this (and i think you should), leave a link in the comments - i would love to see what you make of it.
this year i rearranged my beach combing finds into multiple collections. last year i arranged them by day and by common objects. i like to switch it up a little :)
in an effort to make my mornings more efficient i have been devoting the hours before my day job begins to my own projects. i find i am too tired to accomplish very much in the evenings so i give myself the nights off and attempt to relax. after a weekend frenzy of stitching i switched gears to cut and paste paper works. this collage began as a reflection on another quote by rachel cusk, from the essay aftermath in the last granta (#115): "one way of defining what you are is to define what you are not."
it is still in process. i continue to cut, move, eliminate, add and alter the pieces until it all feels right. whatever that may be...
the absent friends photo project continues...
after the untimely demise of my computer monitor last week, i am adjusting to a (generously donated) new to me screen and system. i noticed immediately the pale washed out appearance my images have on a different monitor. next i discovered if you tip the screen back at an angle, the brightness and exposure are a little closer to the original photo. try it :)
it's often pleasant to end a long workday with a free film and i have been indulging in the pleasure regularly, even venturing outside the apartment on occasion for a viewing. this week's nice finds include some of the haunting films and images i have seen lately and can't stop thinking about. and likewise, those brilliant shoes...
within a 36 hour time period i saw both the spare and spooky 1973 spanish film the spirit of the beehive and the finnish artist eija liisa ahtila's talo/the house. if you enjoy films and stories that leave plenty of room for the viewer's imagination to fill in the blanks, i highly recommend both.
studying the levitating images by natsumi hayashi gave me a similar sense of existing in a mysterious other world. this image struck me in particular as it depicts so strikingly the way i fly in my dreams.
and then the sandals that made my heart skip a beat this weekend... designed and built here in chicago by mohop, the wooden soled (some with padding), eco-friendly, infinitely interchangeable loop and ribbon design is pure brilliance. and the low and mid heels look incredibly comfortable, too!
poppytalk is hosting a flickr pool this week called summer colours week 2011. these are a sampling of my submissions. focusing on a color a day was a welcome distraction this week and sparked more than a few ideas for future pics and projects. the photos don't have to be shot on these days this week so you can play, too, if you like.