Since mail art is part of my life, I have collected some vintage stamps and canceled stamps from around the world given to me by friends. I needed to make some small pieces for the Vintage Bazaar so I raided my stamps for the most graphic images and made some simple collage cards. One of the things I enjoy the most about collage is that is it as strongly meditative process for me. I sift through a pile of stamps, another pile of vintage pages, some map bits and some hand painted papers. The sifting process is what I find to me most meditative. Selection, deselection, tearing, positioning until the piece feels restful to me.
As I made these cards I considered how grateful I felt that I could just relax and do something with limited materials and how after all these months of creating I was finally allowing myself to fall into the rhythm of the process in a non thinking way. No squirrel brain racing in my head. Preparation for this art show has been fraught with some anxiety, especially since I have never done this before, yet it is all coming together in a way that makes sense to me and I know that no matter what there will be lessons to be learned and awareness to cultivate and new relationships to be made.
Before I was NOT looking forward to actually being there, now I am….fear is winging away just like those stamps flying round the world on their mail journeys and coming home to roost with me.