Day 21: Time for a Pep Talk
Three weeks in, and well over 200 distinct items disposed of! If you’re following along with your own challenge, it’s time to congratulate ourselves. In the final nine days of the challenge, we will abandon as many items as we have in the previous three weeks, so it’s time to knuckle down and get serious. If you’ve been struggling to keep up, this may be the hardest part of the challenge for you. Even if you’ve skipped some days (or stopped altogether), there’s no shame in picking it up again. When you’re a hoarder, getting rid of anything can be hard, so don’t give up! You’ve made it this far, and we only have nine days to go.
Everything except that Fossil tin came from the bottom drawer of my filing cabinet, which functions as archive + morgue of collage ephemera. This is a difficult drawer for me to go through… everything in it has some personal significance, although some of it is only because I’ve held onto it for so long.
211. This 2002 Fractal Wall Calendar.
Kept for collage material. I used to make envelopes out of the pages.
212. This issue of Plazma (an art ‘zine from the UK).
213-214. These two issues of Raw Vision.
Another great art ‘zine about outsider artists which yielded great materials for collage. I’m sure some of these pages made it into my colossal collage in college.
215. This issue of DPN with a NSFW cover.
DPN was a short-lived ‘zine produced at the height of the AIDS epidemic. DPN stood for Diseased Pariah News. Sorry about the NSFW cover.
216. This postcard from a gallery.
217. This glassine envelope full of “art” stamps.
These aren’t postage stamps. They’re samples of stamps made by artists. Real gummed paper with perforations. I got these as samples when I was considering making my own art stamps. At the time, the cost was prohibitive and I was getting out of the mail art business.
218. This sketchbook from 1997-1998.
I used this for notes in college. No sketches in here.
219. This postcard from the Mural Arts Program.
Philadelphia is a city of murals, thanks to Jane Golden and the Mural Arts Program. This is a postcard invitation celebrating MAP’s fifth anniversary. Murals arts turns 30 this year. Oy.
220. This “Fasque – Home of the Gladstones” brochure.
I’ve been to Scotland several times, including when I lived there for a year. But I’ve never been to Fasque.
221. This “POW!”
Another relic from my collage-making days.
222. This package of gummed corners for photo albums.
I’m not really a photo album/scrapbook kind of guy. But if I were, I’d need a lot of these. But I’m not, so I don’t.
223. This camera flash manual.
224. This camera lens manual.
225. This camera manual.
I’m certain this is a camera my mother had in the 1980s. She probably gave it to me at some point, maybe on my first trip to Scotland when I needed a camera. Anyway, I don’t know what happened to the camera, but I no longer have it.
226. Another sketch book used for note-taking in college.
It’s nice to know that I paid attention in art history class, at least enough to fill this sketchbook with notes.
227. This gallery opening postcard.
228. This “lecture and conversations” postcard.
229. This Fossil Watch tin.
230. This political bumper sticker.
Before anyone accuses me of not supporting President Obama, I already had a sticker like this on my car.
231. This “201”.
From a valet or airport parking lot.