Contestant #3

“Contestant #3” is an original handcut paper collage on 5×7 matboard.

This vintage catalog gal, with her hat and her fur, is definitely a winner in my book. The background of random magazine text is off-set by the prominence of the number 3 sticker. I do love experimenting with the juxtaposition of old and new, and I always love using words and text. I added some circles, stamped in black ink, to break up the words a bit. I also love the colorization of the woman’s image – amazed at the detail and colors that I am seeing in such an old catalog. (The descriptions are pretty awesome, too – I wonder how many copywriters they had for a 700 page catalog back in the 30s!)