You Never Know is an antique paper collage utilizing old papers from a variety of sources. It includes pages from vintage sheet music, an engineering drawing, stamps, antique book pages, a sewing machine ad, and a school notebook page, among other things. I didn’t really start out with any set idea, but just kind of relaxed and let it develop intuitively. Many of the materials came from a pile of papers I had found inside of some old binders I bought at a flea market. Buying a box or pile of very old things is like a treasure hunt; I’m always amazed at what I find when I start digging through the contents. You can’t duplicate the look of these antique or vintage objects; they automatically create a charming, nostalgic mood. What’s really fascinating, though, is glimpsing the lives of the people who once owned these things. The binders held drawings and schoolwork done by a little girl in the early part of this century, along with personal items such as Christmas cards, letters, and some very charming old Valentine’s Day cards. It’s like peeking into the past, and getting a sense of how people lived back before we were even born. The face of the angel in this piece is actually a photograph of a famous singer from the back of a music book. I was attracted to her sweet but sad face, and when I found the lacy shirt on a picture of a baby, I knew she would make a perfect angel.
This antique paper collage is one of my favorites. I had so much fun making it, and I hope you’ll find it fun to look at. It would enhance any room in your home, but might be especially nice in a baby’s or little girl’s room. Thanks for looking!