Collaborator Experiences

Collaborator experiences are no less significant than the resulting artworks. Please consider sharing yours. In expanding the project’s documentary library, you will be enriching its history. Send your text (up to one thousand words) to: marty@roundtablecollaboration.com, or use THIS FORM. Thank you!

Marty McCutcheon, Berkeley, California

updated 24 October 2021


Joaquín O’Ryan

For the purpose of this collective collages, we dedicate a whole bedroom in our house since our former housemates left. Also, we have asked for old magazines and newspapers at a group we have created in social media in which people from Mytilene offer things for free instead of throwing them away.

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Lindsay Fox
This project makes me a bit giddy. I’m nervous the original creators won’t like what I do/that I’ll ruin their work.

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Patricia Prieto Blanco
Participating in Round Table has been both a challenge and a very rewarding experience. The beauty of this project, to me, is that it is open to anyone regardless of craft, education and to some extent income.

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jori marie rillera
each month that i received a collage in the mail, i hoped to find a spark, something to ignite my creativity. but instead, i found what came my way dispiriting and uninspiring.

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C.K. Itamura
Managing initial expectations and attachments to outcomes; honoring the spirit of cooperation and respecting different points of view and ideas; the acceptance of reality while exercising the ability to reimagine: these things and more are at the core and are the brilliant essence of the Roundtable Postal Collage Project.


Ben Hoz
[To Marty] For me the round table collaboration has been a fortunate and wonderful occasion to dive into an activity that I greatly enjoy but otherwise have not pursued since decades.

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Julie Fischer
It gave me an opportunity to explore working in a medium I usually do not work in, plus the added bonus of collaborating with others I don’t know and getting to see the piece thru their eyes with what has been added to the collage.


Irene Nelson
I enjoyed the process- another variable on the theme of art making and letting go.


Heidi Kitlas
Partnering with my son, Lucas (6 years old), on the collage started as a fun art project to do together. It was also a great way for me to feel a continued connection to the SF area, where I used to live.

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Jay Long
Wow, I don’t remember what I was thinking. I guess I admire Marty McCutcheon and I thought ‘is collaborative collage fun?’.

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Mike Fusello
“Beginning is half” old Chinese proverb
I remember this proverb every time I’m stuck or procrastinating on a collage — and when I finally do something, it’s like “hey, that wasn’t so hard… why did it take so long?”


KJ, London May 2018
When I was growing up in the sixties, ‘collaboration’ was a dirty word. Collaborators were dreadful people who dealt with fascists, and Collaborators were those who went to bed with nazis.

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Mike McGarry
For a variety of reasons, I found this entire process incredibly discouraging.

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Levi Mahoney
Just as prison is a microcosm of society, the Round Table Postal Collage Project is a microcosm of human communication.

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Scott Panton
RTPCP: Disgust, surprise, honesty, and lies. Never finished. Enjoyable when enjoyed. It’s a mirror.


Domingo Martinez
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Judy Weaver, Santa Cruz, California, May 2018
I’m a 7 year veteran of the Postal Collage Project and a very grateful participant.
Each year has brought new experiences, connections, surprises, challenges and appreciation. I would not have missed a single one!

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Brian Sherman, May 10, 2018
The Postal Collaboration Collage [PCC] project exemplifies one of my favorite quotes. It’s by constructionist Mark di Suvero [there’s a great early piece of his in SF MOMA] It goes ” . . . . all art is equal because we know the joy of making it.”

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RESPONSES to QUESTIONNAIRE

Carolina Cambre
How did you first hear of the project?
Through friends who were part of it.

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Wendy Hough
How did you first hear of the project?
I was introduced to the project by a friend who was participating in the postal collage.

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Willis Stork
How did you first hear of the project?
I believe through Christina Stork.

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