Jill Zaheer's JAZWORKS: A Tapestry of Mixed Media, Painting, Collaborations, Photography, and Poetry

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Collections Fest-Come Feast Your Eyes!

Seth Apter of The Altered Page has been running a Sunday series of posts from his Collector's Edition - (the fifth installment) in which artists have shared their favorite collection or obsession.
(picture by Seth Apter)
Seth has put out a second invite to collaborate in his super series. I participated in Seth's first roll call - which can be seen here in his chapter 2 edition on his blog.
This next collection of mine to showcase will be on this post today, with a link to Seth's blog here.
It was difficult to think of a collection that I wanted to spotlight- that has meaning to me and is truly a collection of mine. The dictionary defines the word in the following way:
Col-lec-tion- Noun
1) the act of collecting
2)something that is collected; a group of objects or an amount of material collected in one location
3)the various holdings of an art museum
The following is a poem I wrote in response to the selection of my first collection for Seth's blog.
Can't get these collections out of my mind.
Are they singular items you just find?
Or are they calculated searches to acquire
The items of your heart's desire.
Can you collect and not have a collection?
Do you need to make a specific selection?
By calculation, is there a specific equation
To feel that amazing "drawn" in sensation?
Do you need a collection for a gratifying affection?
Are collections things you need to hold?
Never to allowing them to ever be sold?
Only for us to keep- sacred and blessed for us to behold.
Are collections always kept within our fold?
Must they be only special unique items- not made in a mold?
To warm the heart so we are never cold?
Collections- on reflection- they're our cherished items
For any purpose
We each define them for ourselves
They are our " priceless gold".
Here are a few of my collections- items that I have gathered to use in my art.
This case that holds these items is a collection now of
"one"- but hopefully, not for too long!!
It is an old Chinese medicine cabinet purchased last year to help organize some of my art books and supplies.
Well, even a cabinet of collections considered "priceless gold"
ironically holds some priceless gold!
While the "hunt" in looking for items for my collections is certainly fun, the greatest joy is in selecting just the right piece to incorporate into my mixed media artwork and seeing it within the context of my art.
Thanks so much for visiting my newest collections post- please go here to see all of the fabulous collections from other artists on Seth's blog!


Svetlana said...

I'm impressed with your collections, Jill.

Julee said...

LOVE the cabinet! Your collections are wonderful, especially the stamps and your mixed media work is bold and wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

neva gagliano said...

well, this doesn't surprise me....but, my mouth is hanging open...wow.

Mary K. McGraw said...

What a great cabinet. And your art work is fun and fabulous.

Anonymous said...

The cabinet is way cool...but what's inside of it is even better! I would love to go thru it all...what a great way to spend a day!

Parabolic Muse said...

OMG, Jill, these photos are WAY gorgeous. I love that cabinet. The colors in your collections just make me want to find out what each little bit is.
I love these peeks at your work, too.

The poem is a fun play with words! Thanks for sharing that. I like that play with words.

Stephanie said...

this was like a trip to a candy store! Each drawer reveals another new fabulous treat...


Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

OOh ...I'm eyeing on the those old medicine drawers as well. But couldn't get any here (wait for the opportunity for good bargain).
Each of drawer seems keep with lots of treasure. Cool !!

rivergardenstudio said...

Wow Jill, what an amazing cabinet filed with all these artistic delights and colors! It is so perfect for you, and so beautiful with its drawers open. I could play in it all day! roxanne

Marilyn Rock said...

What a wonderful collection for the challenge and love your poem! xxoo

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

You have some great goodies to play with! Looks very organised too:)

Karin Bartimole said...

wow Jill, what a fabulous assortment of collections - you've got a true treasure chest here!! rich in depth of time and travel, your collection radiates from the touch of hundreds of hands and lives, the energies of many. LOVE IT!!! and you :) Your collage work is amazing. an inspiring post - thanks! xoxox Karin

deb said...

wow spectacular:) What a great cabinet and what wonderful treasures... and you art always astounds with its richness and detail.

~*~Patty S said...

wonderful to see some of your treasures in full circle
your treasure chest reminds me of a candy store...what a perfect piece for holding so many goodies
your artwork has such depth and interest
and your poem is fabulous too
thank you for a really rich visit Jilly

Gaby Bee said...

I'm impressed with your collections, Jill ... and a little bit jealous:) You have some gorgeous stuff to play with! Love especially all these fantastic metal pieces!

Happy Spring my friend!
Gaby xo

rivergardenstudio said...

Looking through your blog just now, I can't believe the contrast of your beautiful winterscapes and your rich, colorful art life... take care, your new cabinet looks nourishing to me!

Steen said...

Enjoyed your poem on collections. Fun to read!! And the little tour back into your old work
And of course your beautiful cabinet of collections.
And I do see...
The cabinet is formed of gold
And pearl and crystal shining bright……