American artist Kate Pugsley has collaborated with us on several things, such as creating the cover of our Mindfulness Workbook and issue 15, as well as contributing to the Flow Book for Paper Lovers 4. In a series of four blogs, Kate tells us a little about herself and the way she works. Here’s part three:
When I was in undergrad at the Rhode Island School of Design, I would use their dedicated reference room in the library called The Picture Collection. I would spend hours sorting through files of beautiful photographs of places, animals and plants – searching for subjects to use for my assignments. I started collecting interesting photographs and magazine clippings I found on my own and began to create my own picture collection. It has continued to grow and is possibly my most valued possession.
The picture below is of my grandma (in the center) and two of her sisters. My grandma and her sisters saved everything. My picture collection mostly began from the many boxes of photographs that were saved when my grandparents died. I became the owner of these photographs, along with a huge stamp collection, tons of handwritten letters, a collection of zippers, and a collection of vintage Christmas ornaments. Many of the photos are of family gatherings, trips back to Lebanon, and my great-grandma’s flower garden. There are also many of people that I never met and don’t recognize.
I began to collect photos of other people’s families from thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales. I like to imagine the atmosphere when the photos were taken, and what the subjects were thinking. If I’m working and feeling uninspired, I”ll dig through my picture collection and I always find something wonderful.