Author’s note:  This is the sixth in a series of posts about “The Detritus Project”, an interactive library art work that I’m creating in conjunction with the Fond du Lac Public Library in Fond du Lac, WI.  For Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here.  For part 3, click here.  For part 4, click here.  And for part 5, well, click here. :D

WHEW!!  I am FINALLY done with the collagey-waxy-transfery-embroidered part of my project.  I have to say, it took far longer than I thought and with more twists and turns than a Hitchcock movie.  I can’t say why it was more challenging than most of the projects I do; perhaps it was the Universe’s way of making these blog posts more interesting.  :D

Okay!  Now we’re on to the next phase of the project – the matting.  This part I’ve known I was going to do from the beginning; you can’t have all of this wonderful “stuff” and not use more of it!  The mat was the perfect vehicle for more detritus.

I dug into my bag of goodies and chose the most colorful pieces I could find.  I also wanted some of them to be library-themed, so I found some old Bookmobile due date slips; an inter-library loan slip from the Oshkosh Public Library (about 20 miles north of Fond du Lac); and a bookmark for the new FDLPL branch, which opened last December.  I also used other bookmarks, some Fond du Lac-related items (like the Gilles card I talked about in the first post!) and other things I thought were colorful and interesting.

Next, it’s off to Gallery & Frame Shop, located in downtown Fond du Lac.  Julie Balson, the owner, has been a wonderful friend to our libraries; she donated the framing and glass for the donor plaque that I helped create at the library’s newest branch.  This project was no different – she donated the mat for it!

I love the framing aspect of my projects; I never have a set idea of how to frame a piece, because there are a zillion combinations of frame and mat and I like to keep my options open.  Rita (one of the designers) and I commiserated for about 20 minutes, trying different colored mats and frames.  I’m not going to give it away in this post, but I think you’ll like how it turned out.  It’s not back from the framers’ yet, so it’s just as suspenseful for me as it is for you!  :D

And now, it is in the hands of the framers – and the Fates!  :D  In my next (and final!) post, all will be revealed.  Stay tuned!

Documenting the Detritus Project is a guest blog series written by a dear friend of the Library as Incubator Project, Melissa Kolstad. Melissa is a collagist/ephemeralist who works in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She is a member of the Fond du Lac Visual Arts collective, which has a close partnership with the Fond du Lac Public Library. The Detritus Project is a new project that Mel is working on, which seeks to document and examine what people leave – parts of their everyday lives and activities – when they return library books. Mel will document her progress on the Detritus Project twice a month until June.

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