Group collaborative collage project

Group collaborative collage project

When I interviewed artist Charlotte Brady of Seymour last week about her Group’s collaborative collage project, the subject of my Studio Visit column in our Jan. 9 print publication, I couldn’t help but think of a similar project in which I’m involved.

It’s a round-robin (librarians, stop reading) altered-book project with the Wild Wimmin Crafts Collective, a group of eight women, all of a certain age, who meet nearly monthly to work on crafts projects.

Having been a psychology major, I used for the project a hopelessly outdated 1950s psychology textbook which I had found at a rummage sale. Another woman had an art book on Matisse altered by us all. The cat lover among us contributed one on cats.

We are just now finishing the project. I hope to one day post photos here of the altered books, and the WWCC, as we call ourselves, wants to one day have a show of our projects in a local gallery.

With this blog, I post photographs of some of the collages made by Group, which formed three or so decades ago in C-U after its members, all art majors, finished graduate school. The members, who now live in different states, are all professional artists who spent seven years making 36 collaborative collages, mailing them to each other for the next member to take a turn.

Brady said they made for some unusual packages at the post office.

The Group's collages are on display through Jan. 22 at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. Besides Brady, Group members are Susan Lecky of Dallas, Jane Toby of Catskill, Elva Stewart of Houston and Ro Pottorff of Murray, Utah. Mimi Muller of Urbana was a member of Group. She died in 1989. 

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