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Custom Memorabilia Collages

June 26, 2013

Over the past year,  I’ve mostly been doing art in my head: fantasizing over future projects,  dusting off my studio each month with the best of intentions,  dutifully cooking with cans of peeled, whole tomatoes and saving the lids, dropping off into exhausted sleep with visions of ModPodge dancing in my head. But, life is life and middle age is middle age, and this past year kicked my ass with a refresher course in life management skills 101.

Fortunately, my artist’s soul was kept on life support by the patronage of two clients on Etsy. The first inquired as to whether I could create a wedding present for his bride by incorporating memorabilia from their lives together into a collage that resembled pieces in my store. “Say no more,” I said with a leap of gratitude and joy in my heart. “It would be my honor and my pleasure.”

Completed Piece: Wedding Gift

Completed Piece: Wedding Gift

This was followed a year later by a request from someone who had attended the wedding. She asked if I might make a similar type of collage for her to give to her husband for their wedding anniversary. Again, “Say no more,” I said. “It would be my honor and my pleasure.” This client had recently returned from a trip to Europe with her husband and wished for a collage created from memorabilia collected during their trip. One of the places she and her husband visited was Cinque Terre in Italy, which had a special significance due to the inherent enchantment and breath-taking beauty of the location. I decided to construct the collage to resemble this small fishing village situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Completed Piece: Anniversary Gift

Completed Piece: Anniversary Gift

These artworks are the bookends of my artistic year. I am grateful to each client for gifting me with the opportunity to create and for trusting me with their most dear memories. My enduring hope is that I will continue to find openings in which to create. There was a 1 cent sale at Aaron Brothers yesterday, so I took the first step by stocking up on blank canvas. Maybe I should go take it out of the bag?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. John Keesey permalink
    June 26, 2013 7:31 pm

    I pushed the like button, but all I got was a slap of the wrist. Guess I need to take Life Management Skills 101?


  2. Luke (Probably) permalink
    June 26, 2013 8:11 pm

    I’m a duck.


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