But I've been enjoying these small scale works. And they've been getting a good response too: this necklace literally sold off my board before I could even get it to Kitchen Dog. (They got the check.)
"Mattise" necklace front - collage and found-jewelry base, by Clare Floyd DeVries
"Mattise" necklace rear - collage and found-jewelry base, by Clare Floyd DeVries
I love the free-wheeling aspect of collage, the purely intuitive response between one scrap of an image and the next.
In this piece colors came first, fragments of anything really: soap wrappers, catalog illustrations, an insurance company flier, a photo of a mosaic. Then I saw the red-red-red Matisse dining room wallpaper (with its lady). It had to be followed by the perfect-shade-of-purple other Mattise woman. The back side of the necklace, with its oyster shell-like gnarly texture seemed to demand muted shades of the front's vibrant colors. Those paper fragments include more shards of mosaic and the flowers of William Morris wallpaper.