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Why Collage and How Do you Find your Materials? How Long Do They Take?

I decided on the medium of collage because I didn't have money to buy ‘proper’ supplies like fancy brushes or even canvas when I first started out. The paper I used then and still use today comes from abandoned spaces--old farm houses, burned down buildings, abandoned gas stations, and the like.

One of my collages typically takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete. I also work on several pieces at a time, so I don't fall too far into one particular piece and get, what I call, collage-blindness ( a unique form of artopethy where you think that the thing you are working on and have been completely immersed in for weeks is really fantastic until you finally step away from it and it looks like garbage).