Often times, I make scrap journals for no particular reason, just for enjoyment of gathering interesting paper tidbits and ephemera which I enjoy… or in some cases, specific slices of inspiration which intrigue me for specific projects, remixes, or just recount times of life – what i was receiving or thinking about or even watching/reading/listening.
Sometimes a “theme” or story of some kind emerges – more like a thread of interconnectedness, whether content, medium, colour, aesthetic or tactility.
Presented here-in are two books which contain items which inspire or amuse me, connected by size, form, colour, theme or otherwise.
The first (named “Kindling & Matches, Tinder & Sparks”) is an accordion style book (a preferred format for these types) filled with beloved postcard &/or postcard-sized items. A few decorations on the cover (1970s era lettraset rub-off lettering, dried flower and my name clipped from a hospital envelope), inky stamps for easy identification.
The second (named “Dark Arts for Lighter Hearts”) has more variety of size and shape and contains a set for photos sent to me by a young artist named Simon among other objects d’art. Decorations include hotel luggage tag, insta-photo of a painting (self re-mix), snippet of poetry from a Lebanese wizard, and my name from a forgotten red-ink typewriter.
The following spreads for “Kindling & Matches” can also be viewed largely with a click and seen as header art within this archive.
You’ll notice artifacts from Wes Anderson films, screen shots from Tintin films, other stationery themed screenshots from cinema, Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo) cards, other items from Ohara and other Japanese museums, Dan Mangan is in there, a few odds from Hong Kong, some of my own creations (natch) including Pig Express mimeograph, photos on a trip with Grandpa, tripping in Arches, Creepers and Chums, New Years intentions).