I plan for days to visit thrift stores, looking for odd bits of hardware, handles, tins, toys – just about anything that I might use to further develop surfaces and visual content in my work. I enjoy the patina of use on handles and knobs. I even loved the look when I was a kid. My grandmother’s attic was full of beautiful things that shared their stories on the surfaces.
I tend to also collect odd items. Not sure what they were for, but interesting nonetheless. One day after walking my son to school, I noticed several white cards in the street (renegades from the trash collectors). As I picked them up, I discovered they were from an old board game. There were 1960’s monochrome images of baseball players on each card. As I walked closer to home, I found little plastic blue and red game pieces of baseball players strewn about. Hmmm…not a bad day.