My holiday collage of 1991/92 featured the usual cast of surreal actors, props and settings. Borrowing my favorite phrase from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (Jambi the Genie’s “Mecca Lecca Hi…”) and also making a visual reference/pun on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Shakespeare himself appears to be daydreaming a star inhabited by chameleons wearing santa hats, which has perplexed a group of Indian women (who are accompanied by a tin man wishing he had more heart).
A woman wears a fish hat, a grandfather clock earring, a brain brooch, and an earthworm necklace, while dreaming of a frog playing the piano. Meanwhile, a man and his pet alligator look on while a spider drops in on her. This was the reverse side of my holiday collage in December, 1991. Available in the giftshop here.
In 1989 I came out of the closet as an atheist, and so I did not make a collage to celebrate Christmas, but I did make a New Year’s collage showing a surreal party on the moon, with chameleons, a chick and a frog. (The frog was for my friend Larry, who has collected them for years.) For the 20th anniversary of this design, I revamped it and reissued it. I guess I should make another version available without the year on it. Available in the giftshop here.
In 1987, I was a year out of high school and working at the R&D lab of a major oil company in Texas, in the mailroom/office services. Since I was into collage, and had free access to a very fancy copier I made my first collage christmas card that year. I hand colored each one differently, and even made my own envelopes. Flash forward 25 years, and I’m still doing it, albeit with slightly more modern technology (Photoshop, scanners and Zazzle) than scissors and rubber cement. This is the only copy I have extant. The copies I mailed were on pastel colored paper, but I wanted this scan to look more like the original drawing, so I left it on white.