I’m someone who loves to collect discarded stuff to use for art materials. The fact that I find these things in the course of my everyday life gives my work another layer of personal meaning. The ingredients in my work tend to have some history: the wrapping paper from a friend’s baby shower, the abandoned nest from under the eave, the wires collected on dog walks in Central Park.
Over the years, I have encouraged kids that I’ve worked with to collect things that they find in the course of their days, and they have created some beautiful works with those materials. Here are two of my favorites.