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Poetry Book Cover: Nowhere All At Once


Grace Bauer selected one of my collages for the cover of her book of poems, Nowhere All At Once.   From  the  book  jacket:

Grace Bauer’s poems in Nowhere All At Once do everything all at once and quite successfully — mixing a tender sense of human and worldly presence with a lush instinct for sound, a compact flow of narrative, the perfect weight of wry humor, and an acutely attentive vigilance to all surroundings… Bauer’s balancing perspectives help “illuminate a greater regard” about everything mysterious and wondrous we are living.”  Naomi Shihab Nye

The 1000th Collage

As I began thinking about my final collage, I set out to do a couple of things: one was to use my good stuff (the ephemera I’m hesitant to use):  Asian-themed tissue paper, dots with squiggles that look like cyborg bats from a children’s book, part of a vintage letter with sublime handwriting, and a postage stamp of a cat that looks like my beloved Tomtom.  So here it is:

The 1000 Collage

I didn’t notice until it was finished, scanned, and posted to my blog site that the stamp had the number 1000 printed on it. There’s often a bit synchronicity in collage, but this was borderline spooky.

1000 Collages Inspiration

I was first inspired to create a daily collage by reading an article in Somerset Studio magazine about Randel Plowman’s “A Collage a Day” blog. About a year into the 1000 Collages project, I bought Plowman’s The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired.  The book stayed on my studio table for the next two years.

The book includes the basics of collage making: tools, materials, design basics, and techniques.  But for me, the most useful and fun section of the book is Plowman’s “50 Creativity Exercises.”  There were plenty of days over the course of three years when I didn’t feel like making a collage.  On those days, there was always at least one exercise that could move me.  I used one of my favorites, “Typography,” so often I dedicated one of my galleries (Text Effects) to the results.  And even if I didn’t feel like reading, there was plenty of eye candy for inspiration.