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Making new work is never easy. Fight the desire to abandon it as a failure. Instead, empty my mind of fixed expectations and play freely with form and materials. Hold my nerve. Persist until something happens. Pin the results on the wall, contemplate, re-arrange and edit until only the strong survive.

Lessons: There has to be a connection between the two pictures in each collage – objects or form. Interactions vary; a few are linear and some overlap at one corner. Paper folds work best if they’re assertive and few in numbers and when they echo architecture in the images. Practically, these interventions can’t be spaced too far apart or the paper collapses.

The scale is modest scale – intimate for careful looking but sufficient to reveal details. The final collages are objects not pictures so feel wrong paper mounted and framed. The only suitable support appears to be glass.

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