Check It Out

Check It Out is a ‘library style’ community collaborative collage project, hosted by a library, community center or similar institution. Participants ‘borrow’ works-in-progress for up to three weeks, and contribute to that progress. The person who works on a collage in its first stage will complete that collage in its final stage.

The Process
Each collage is created in a 5-stage, 4-person process.
1) A person checks out a ‘starter kit,’ initiates a collage-in-progress and returns it to the library.
2) A second person borrows that work-in-progress, modifies it and returns it to the library.
3) A third person does the same as the second.
4) A fourth person does the same.
5) The person who started the collage is contacted, collects the collage-in-progress, finishes it and delivers it to the library for exhibition.

A person who starts and finishes a collage is its Principal Author. The others are Contributing Authors. One may act as a Contributing Author only, but a Principal Author must also be a Contributing Author.

A Principal Author must also be a Contributing Author. Anyone may take up the role of Principal Author by initiating a collage, plus borrowing and contributing to (at least) two more, already underway. The collages-in-progress are returned and made available for continued work according their stages.

Anyone may play the role of Contributing Author by borrowing and contributing to any number of collages-in-progress. They are returned and made available for further contributions and completion.

Check It Out collages are currently available at the Shuman Block, 2571 Shattuck Avenue, Studio 1A, Berkeley. For more details, or to make borrowing arrangements, contact project coordinator, Marty McCutcheon. marty@roundtablecollaboration.com

Collages can be returned to the Shuman Block in person (by appointment) or by mail (zip code 94704).

Collages may also be returned to the front desk at the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, 11am–5pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

Check It Out collages are available at the Shuman Block, 2571 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California. Contact: marty@roundtablecollaboration.com

Previous

August 2019

Collages are no longer available at The Berkeley Art Center, but works-in-progress may be returned to the front desk. 

April 2019

No longer available at Ramon’s Tailor. Ramon’s closed amid the pandemic in the Summer of 2020.

2018

Not currently available at the Berkeley Public Library.

Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge Street at Shattuck Avenue

2017

Nearly 200 collages from the first five years of the Round Table [Collaboration] Postal Collage Project were exhibited from January through April, 2017, at the Berkeley Public Library Central Branch. This collection was exhibited in conjunction with two workshops and a new library-based, take-home collaborative collage project.

img_2318The Historic Entrance, now a window display facing Kittredge Street.

img_2319Collages fill three display cases in the Historic Lobby.

More than one hundred collages from the first five years of the Postal-Collage Project were exhibited in January and February, 2017, in the Art & Music department on the 5th floor.

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Collaborative Collage Project 
Library patrons ‘borrowed’ and took home collages-in-progress, and contributed to that progress. Participants worked sequentially, independently and autonomously. Each first-stage contributor reserved the opportunity to complete that collage in its final stage.

BPL_project_5373Completed collages were exhibited in the Art & Music department on the 5th floor.

Two associated workshops took place in 2017 at the Central Branch— a collaborative collage workshop on Saturday, the 28th of January, and a collaborative drawing workshop on the 25th of February. Both were held in the Community Meeting Room on the 3rd floor.

bpl-workshopCollaborative Collage Workshop, January 2017

IMG_2411Collaborative Drawing Workshop, February 2017