Friday, September 14, 2007
This past Saturday Steve and I went to the annual Decor Expo Art and Custom Picture Framing trade show in Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. This used to be a major event in my year. I used to be considered a major buyer too...with company representatives pulling me into hidden enclosures for champagne while trying to entice me with their newest line. I don't miss these days. Now, Steve and I stroll up and down the aisles, find a few bargains, and are finished in time for lunch at a micro-brewery in mid-town with football on the overhead televisions. (Yes, I'm a football fan! Ohio State!)
We bought a wonderful new print stand for my matted and shrink-wrapped artwork (The Black God Series, The Life Everlasting Series, and truck loads of miscellaneous things and older work removed from frames). In very little space, this unit will hold work up to 16" x 20"....three racks on four sides. We also bought some moulding...some at 50% off...the industry still seems desperate . Mostly, however, we admired the four or five dealers selling antiquarian prints. This is the focus of Mouse House, Inc., our business.
Of course, these dealers are trying to sell most of their images at a "wholesale" price that is actually higher than our "retail" price. That's why they've got such nice selections. Every now and then, however, we've found something we couldn't live without. This year, I saw these pages of letters and resisted...for an hour...then couldn't stand it...went back and bought. There are 68 pages from what had been a turn-of-the-last-century scrapbook. They are each covered, front and back. The glue was sparingly used and isn't the kind that turned brown. Many of the clippings are literally falling off...and revealing more letters on the reverse.
My instinct is to use all this in my altered books...to collage with it. Yet, I've seen how others have scanned such images and made them available...both for free and for a price. I really don't know what to do...other than to admire them. Any suggestions?
Posted by Susan Lenz at 10:44 AM