I have finally finished the last book in the collaboration. Thank you Cathe for being so patient as I dealt with other things in my life. This is a lovely book based on a great idea, collections. Don’t we all have a pile of those great little treasures that you find on a walk and bring home. Well I used to, but for some reason I don’t any more. I think it is because I don’t have a studio at the moment and I am always carrying my art work between Melbourne and Castlemaine, but I think it could also be because I take photos now rather than collect.
So I was a little bit stumped on what to do, then I thought of other collections I have and one of my favourites is my herb collection. I love growing, smelling, eating, cooking and drawing my herbs and no matter where I live I always have a patch of herbs. So a few of my favourites went into my page.
For the joint page I went for a walk and made a collection of some of the things that caught my eye. I was lucky enough to find the yellow crest feather of the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and then the breast feather of a pink Galah, another native parrot and some lovely delicate gumnuts.
The book is finished now and here are the other pages. The page below is the first page, Cathe did the lovely drawing of the paintbrushes in the jar and we all added little bits to it. Gale the marbles, Anna the feathers (I just realised they are Galah feathers too by the look of them) and I did the gumnuts.
Next is Cathe’s page, she has such a great design sense when she puts these pages together and I like the way she makes the lettering part of the drawing. I am inspired by her lettering and hope I can get my own to work as well in my journals. Her feathers are also gorgeous.
Next to work in the book was Gale, she was really inspired by this and put such a great diversity of objects in her collection page. the old tool is fantastic and sits along the rest of the collection so happily.
Anna followed next and she was so inspired by this book that she has started her own journal of her collections.
So our collaboration has finished, but we have all been so inspired, challenged and rewarded by it in so many ways, I do think that we will do another one next year. I must say that I am looking forward to it. We have all become such good friends through it and learned a great deal from one another.