Editor’s note: We are both happy and sad to share the last in the guest blog series by Mel Kolstad. Mel has been such a fun writer and artist to work with and we love her final project. For Part 1 of “Documenting the Detritus Project” click here. For Part 2, click here.  For part 3, click here.  For part 4, click here.  For part 5, click here. For part 6, click here.

by Melissa Kolstad

Oh my goodness – here we are at June 5!  I remember e-mailing my friends at Library as Incubator Project about how many blog posts seemed appropriate for The Detritus Project and they said, “How about seven?  That would put us at June 5 for the end date.”

We set that date back in March and I remember thinking it was a long way off.  How silly of me.  :)

So without further ado, here is the final project:

That’s Ken Hall, Library Director for the Fond du Lac Public Library, and Yours Truly, standing in the Reference Library on the second floor.  My lovely photographer husband Brian shot this great photo.

I can’t believe it’s done!  It’s been quite a journey, and I have oodles of people to thank, so let’s get to that:

1.  The good people at the Circulation Desk of the Fond du Lac Public Library, especially Lori Burgess and Kathy C.  You really took the task of collecting all of this detritus to heart, and I couldn’t have created my project without you.

2.  My friends at Gallery and Frame Shop, especially Julie and Rita, who collaborated with me on the choice of framing and matting, and who also donated the mat board that I used for the collage portion.

3.  My VERY patient husband, Brian, who took most of the photos for these blog posts.  He was more than happy to help out.

4.  My colleagues at Fond du Lac Visual Arts, who backed me up when I said I want to make The Detritus Project a full-fledged community art project in 2013 (watch for information next year!).

5. The AMAZING support staff of the Fond du Lac Public Library, especially Community Information Coordinator Terri Fleming and Library Director Ken Hall, who were most gracious when I presented this gift.  When I handed it over, Ken shook my hand and said, “Now THIS is what libraries are all about.”  I got a little verklempt when he said that.  :D

6.  And last, but most certainly not least, I’d like to thank Laura Damon-Moore and the rest of the wonderful people at Library as Incubator Project.  You have been so gracious to me ever since we “met” in January, and you agreed to this project with great gusto.  I am so very glad our paths crossed and I will miss doing blog posts every two weeks!  But I know that our time together is not finished – here’s to many more collaborations in the months and years to come.  :D

Thanks to all of you who have followed this fun adventure with me – I appreciate the support!

Long live libraries!

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 project by Mel which seeks to document and examine what people leave – parts of their everyday lives and activities – when they return library books. Mel documented her progress on the Detritus Project twice a month through June 2012.

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