The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
While I’m getting better at storing and classifying the piles of ephemera that I collect “for art’s sake”, I still manage to annoy my husband at least once a week with my bits and pieces of paper, labels, tickets and packaging. The latest “incident” was over a pink paper bag from an art gallery purchase. The original contents were a hand-thrown dragonfly platter and a Southern cookbook. The paper bag in question was rescued from the trash bin on several occasions and eventually got used for beautiful paper hearts. When the paper hearts ended up spending a couple of days on the kitchen counter, I again had to answer the question:
What are you going to do with those/this/it?
Usually, the answer is one of the following:
* Uh, I don’t know…YET.
or his favorite
* It/they haven’t told me.
The situation is not that bad. As a creative himself, R is understanding and supportive of my “collections” and process. Except that as a sound designer and super-stream-lined dude, he wishes our world was paperless. Which is tough when my main art form involves lots of paper. My solution? A list, of course!
Here’s the list that I started for him. I said a couple of them out loud and then got so excited that I kept adding things to do.
15 things to do with a paper heart
1. Have a photoshoot.
2. Write a note on it and tuck it into someone’s pocket.
3. Glue it in your journal.
4. Leave it at a bookstore/in a coffee shop/on a swing for someone to find.
5. Write your Self an encouraging note.
6. Fill it with doodles.
7. Tear it in half and make a list of all the things that have broken your heart.
8. Write a list of all the people and things you love around the edge of the heart. You may need more than one paper heart.
9. Write down your three “safe people” in the very middle of the heart. You probably only need one paper heart for this as the number should stay small.
9. Hang it in a window with a beautiful piece of ribbon.
10. Add sticks and make a heart bouquet
11. Decorate it with lace and glitter.
12. Frame it and hang it on the wall.
13. Tape it to the outside of your next letter. Even if it’s a bill.
14. Use it as a bookmark.
15. Don’t be afraid; give your heart away.