I started making collages on vintage book covers because I love to recycle old things, giving them new life by using them in my art. But aside from that, I also like to use them because I think they’re beautiful. Even if you do buy hardcover books nowadays, they are almost always plain and boring. Old book covers are often highly decorated, with embossed designs, metallic lettering, or marbled papers. They inspire me, and often become a part of the artwork itself. I chose the navy blue cover with gold detailing for this small mixed media collage because it actually looked like a fancy doorway to me. It seemed to have the look of a door I’d seen on a very mysterious-looking, grand old mansion once. And so the seed of the idea of Secret Doorways was planted.
Doors pop up in my artwork pretty often. Why are doors so fascinating? I don’t know about you, but I often dream about doors. Sometimes I dream that I must make a choice between a number of doors, or that I’m lost and can’t find the door… Apparently, these aren’t unusual things to dream about. Doors and doorways have always carried symbolic meanings, going back to the very beginnings of literature, including the Bible. Doors, gateways, or thresholds often symbolize transitions, transformation, or passage from one type of reality to another. In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy opens the door of her house and steps into a completely different – color! – world. In stories, doors can take us from reality to non-reality, or from being awake to sleeping, and vice versa. They may also stand for entrance or exit, communication, initiation, or opportunity. If interested, you can read more about the symbolism of doorways here.
Secret Doorways is a small mixed media collage utilizing various paper ephemera, vintage lace, stitching, and a ginko leaf on a recycled book cover. This item comes wired on the back for easy hanging, or may be framed by the purchaser in a deep profile shadow-box frame if desired.