Jan Kather

Mar 5, 2024 @ 9:53 AM
Mark Twain was firm on the matter [of smiling]: A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.

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Jennifer Roche

Feb 13, 2024 @ 10:34 AM
Big thanks to Andrea Lewicki and the Special Agent Collage Collective for launching and enthusiastically caring for this round-robin collaboration. The order of artists who worked on this piece are Jennifer Roche (@JRIllinois), Maria Arreb (@MariaArreb), Michelle L Miller (@mlmgraphic), Amanda Petrozzine (@OwlcatCollage), and Clover Krajicek (@Clover.Krajicek). Thank you also to everyone at Berkeley Commonplace for catalyzing this experience and art.

Betsy Kellas

Jan 19, 2024 @ 3:01 PM
When I received the collage from Becky it was a lot more colorful. (Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph it before I started making changes!) I like color, but I have a passion for monochromatic and neutral palettes. I immediately fell in love with the neutral colors and magnificent lines I saw underlying the entire piece, so I did some excavating. I removed almost all the color bits and added my own painted (neutral brown) cardboard pieces to the left side of the collage. Next, I went through the colorful parts I’d removed, selected some bits of color and pattern (including the exposed corrugated cardboard on the right), and repositioned them in the collage. Because of the wintery qualities of the piece, I extended the color bits beyond the edges of the rectangular format as “outliers” – visual metaphors hinting at the colors of spring and summer to come, but not yet “in the picture”.

Nancy D. Brown

Jan 19, 2024 @ 1:05 PM
Andrea’s starter collage 2.0, December 19, 2023—Andrea’s completely won me over to the security envelope patterns–such a rich source of pattern and energy! I also love grid patterns, so I included one here that was a scrap from my start. A couple of stylized figures with red legs/shoes, and I’m done!

Marcie Simon

Dec 27, 2023 @ 4:14 PM
Original collage with my final additions repeating metallic & colorful paper strips, faces along with the wood post. Added “the gift is community” to reinforce this as a collaborative project. In doing so I wanted to bring all the additions into a cohesive composition.

Lisa McElroy

Dec 23, 2023 @ 1:48 PM
This is Celena Peet’s collage, for Stage 6. I added some small details, mostly thinking about the sepia-toned photo that Johanna Norry had added. I added graphic elements to the musical instrument, a flower and words from a vintage catalog, and then a small logo beneath the embroidery, for some contrast between the black circle and red thread, keeping in the red and white palette. Collaborators before me: Kim Cardoso, Maureen Manning, Johanna, Julie Blankenship.

Kim Cardoso

Dec 21, 2023 @ 11:14 AM
I received this collage and then did nothing for a long time. It was very dark and came with an early suggestion to add small elements or black. In the end, I added one piece of black screen, torn when my dog walked through it. All that time, and I added just one element!

Amy Tingle

Dec 19, 2023 @ 4:43 AM
This is the original started by Laura Davies. I added the red backpack and white circles falling from it. Tears, snow, dust, something else? What lies beneath the surface in any of us—the layers of emotions, the nuance in any situation. It’s all being revealed all the time if we pay attention.

Marie Elcin

Dec 2, 2023 @ 11:48 AM
I’m artist #4 on this one. As the project progresses it’s getting harder to find space to add things. So I’ve extended this with some fabric and stitching, which also stabilized the paper. As I’m a fiber artist I’ve tried to stick to textile additions on all the pieces that come through my hands.

Lisa McElroy

Nov 30, 2023 @ 2:45 PM
Maureen Manning’s collage, Stage 4. Contributors: Johanna Norry, Julie Blankenship, me. I stayed with a circle motif (small, striped circles in the peripheral) and then found the tiny vintage dress-catalogue illustrations, in my possibility-pile of papers, happened to fit perfectly within the circles, so I couldn’t say no to that. Isn’t it strange when disparate elements fit within newly created elements, without any planning?

Darlene Sardinsky

Nov 26, 2023 @ 5:08 AM
My original collage. I chose to create a black-and-white background that celebrates the many sides and emotions women. I thought it would be fun to see if people add color and to marvel at how they spice it up in a way that it represents their interpretation of the female experience.

Anna Zagerson

Nov 23, 2023 @ 6:02 AM
Received the center of this and initially thought it was another project I was working on. I took the opportunity to practice using the sewing machine and added the colorful fabric. I left the embroidery thread for the next recipient.

Marcie Simon

Nov 20, 2023 @ 11:36 AM
Third contribution to the Memory collage begun by Karen. I added a page depicting 1960 suburban childhood memories of games & outdoor fun with neighborhood kids; Family recipes in my Mom’s handwriting (so embedded in my memory). This page showcases a more innocent time in America, prior to the turbulent late 1960’s shown on other pages.

Lynn Aisawa

Nov 19, 2023 @ 6:47 PM
I am the second collaborator on Cindy’s starter. I kept to the “dusty” mundane framing device started by the first collaborator Maddy, using grey with hints of blue to echo the watercolor in the starter. I also liked her Mobil guy, so I added two lookers-on, some muscle, and of course Tom, who’s trying to sell you on the whole idea.

Arlene Tribbia

Nov 8, 2023 @ 3:20 PM
Cardboard might be as close as many of us get to touching the natural world when we hold, say, a box – the former tree(ness) from a forest or a stand of trees still lurks inside. As the world fractures by and by, so much of what we love falls apart and disappears.

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Lisa McElroy

Oct 31, 2023 @ 2:11 PM
This is the third round for Johanna Norry’s collage, after Julie Blankenship made her additions. I added some elements near the middle, such as bee, flower, twig, and cyanotype scraps, but knocked down the colors of the flower/bee with an overlay of dress-pattern tissue so it wouldn’t become too much of a focal point at this point.

Lauren Broyles

My group-mate, Rachel Duclos, named her starter “Lioness in Autumn,” so I added some autumn-themed and -colored images to echo the title and pick up the changing yellow leaves near the house. I think the spiral images also add to the idea of change. I left some “windows” amidst the images where others could pop in something small.

Sarah Pritchard

My starter this year is a response to seeing the great Artemis of Effes in Selchuk, Turkey this summer & her potency as an ancient Goddess, my bemusement over the arguing of her ‘globules of fruit’ & whether they were breasts or testicle!

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