A blank sketchbook was daunting. I decided to give myself some restrictions by beginning each page with a found object -- a vintage photo, a postcard, a postage stamp -- and working from there. And as I was going through old photographs and postcards in different junk shops and antique stores, I began to wonder what had been going on outside the image crop. What was happening on the fringes as these scenes were being documented? What did the world outside the border look like? My imagination took off, and I started to create extended scenes around each piece of ephemera.
There's an inherent sense of nostalgia when working with vintage imagery and found objects, which I can't help gravitating towards. But in this case, the nostalgia is for a time and place that I never experienced. It evokes everywhere and nowhere at the same time. And I loved imagining these made-up memory spaces and inventing these little universes. I hope anyone who stumbles across my book experiences that can't-quite-place feeling of wistfulness, and finds some unexpected joy in thinking about what might exist beyond the margins.
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