I have been collecting since I was born. I used to hide stuff under my bed in boxes as a child As an adult I’m still putting stuff into boxes, plastic bags and other strange things. I view my collections as arrangements. They are all art installations scattered around my place as well as material for use in my art and craft projects.
Walking through the streets to the local shop I always come home with something foot- trodden. A piece of paper, packaging, a bright piece of plastic, glass, all will be used in my creations eventually. When I travel overseas (much to the sometimes embarrassment to friends and family) I often pick up off the ground, bottle tops, lolly papers, wires bright bits of plastic, even if an item disturbs me I’ll bring it home. On a tour once in Europe the whole busload of passengers collected bottle tops for me.
My stuff may brood for years in a dark space or cupboard till I come across it again sending me off on another project. On my last trip overseas, I came home with 40 kilo of junk. I collected baguette bags,packaging, bits of string,wire,tags, advertising, stones, free ad cards, labels from food items, torn posters, a book and papers from a bin.
I collect found photographs and make up my own stories about the images. I collect everything vintage, as well as, scientific stuff, equations, wire, tin, bones, animal skeletons, fur, hair, watches, old mobile covers, eye glasses, shriveled things, found numbers and fonts from keyboards, magazines and advertising, boxes, packaging, all sorts paper, vintage clothes, fabrics, wall papers, shells, driftwood, snow-globes, toys, children’s books, games and so much more.
What do you like to collect?