All of your poems that are about female empowerment (or at least that's how I interpret them) mean so much to me. Whenever I read them I feel like someone stabbed a knife directly into my heart and in my opinion, that's exactly what a poem should do. I relate so much to the pressure of beauty standards and having an eating dissorder and the way you touch those subjects is so raw and honest. Thank you for that.
I really appreciate you reaching out. Thank you for listening. I sometimes get discouraged when i see comments from people who don’t connect with or just plain don’t understand a sentiment that is so personal to me, and obviously everyone is entitled to whatever opinion and criticism has its place, but I still have to fight the urge to defend myself and say “No! That isn’t what I meant! You’re interpreting this wrong!” So it’s just really really lovely when someone says “Yes. I get you. I see you.” And that is what messages like this give me. I’m sorry to hear about your struggles and I wish we could relate about a more cheerful topic. But it’s a comfort to know that neither one of us are alone in this fight.
hello! I love your collage work and would like to make some of my own. Do you have any tips on finding supplies?
I mean, start with accounting for what you already have. I had years and years worth of fashion magazines from when I was a teen so that was a decent starting point. But the best advice I can give is to go thrifting!!! Obviously it can be a hit or miss type of mission but you can have one lucky day and hit a jackpot of supplies for a very reasonable price. Garage sales, used book sales at libraries, stuff like that is great to look out for! I would say antique stores as well, you can find some really quality stuff, but you’re going to pay more so I wouldn’t recommend spending that much on materials you’re going to slice up.
Also just let your family and friends know you’re in the market for materials. My grandmother has been bringing me magazines every month for the last 2 years because I mentioned once I could use any spare magazines she doesn’t need lol so any elderly person in your life can be a helpful resource!!
Collage is a very economical art form, anyone can do it and that’s where the beauty of it is. Receipts, junk mail, old greeting cards… like you can really use anything. There are no rules. Good luck!
may i ask how you get over the feeling of "wasting" a good image by cutting it and using it in a piece? i always worry that i'll end up regretting on how i used certain image/picture/text (thank you and lots of love!)
This is a really good question. I definitely get what you mean, I used to collect stickers when I was little and to this day I still have stickers from when I was like, 6 years old that I could never bring myself to use.
It’s sort of a non-answer but it really comes down to intuition, I think? There are definitely pictures I’ve kept for ages and ages because it didn’t feel right to use them. But when you have a strong enough idea or concept, the fear goes away because you’re excited to compose it. It’s like a puzzle piece, it just sorta fits. When I find myself struggling to incorporate an image or text, it’s usually obvious in the result and that’s when I end up regretting my choices. Also, mistakes are more often made from just not knowing when to stop? You can make a strong composition with minimal imagery. Sometimes we make things busier to hide mistakes, but then the whole thing devolves into chaos.
What can help you avoid this is having the pieces ready to go, already cut out. So you can arrange and rearrange as much as you want before gluing anything down. Get the composition right FIRST and you won’t regret “wasting” anything. Figure out what it is you’re trying to say, and the right imagery will present itself to reflect that. Lack of vision is most often what leads to weak composition. You’ll never regret a strongly composed collage. In my opinion.
Also remember there are endless materials out there to be found… If you’re really in love with a certain picture, scan it first before cutting and then at least you have a digital copy as a back-up. But sometimes i keep things so long I end up getting sick of looking at it and scrap it anyway… You want the image to pack a punch. So fuck your fear and strike while the idea is hot!!! Whatever that phrase I’m alluding to is, idk but hopefully you get me