To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Cloth Paper Scissors, we asked some of our regular contributors to write about their recollections of working with the magazine, and what that experience has meant to them. Mixed-media artist Sue Pelletier shares her thoughts here. ~ Barb Delaney
I have always had a love-love relationship with Cloth Paper Scissors. Many years ago when I first saw the magazine, I opened it and thought, "There are people like me in the world: people who create art using pieces from their past . . . who nail old wood to their paintings and add plaster, fabric, and gel medium."
I come from a very traditional art background (if you can believe that). While raising my kids, I took a step back from creating for many years, and when I got back into art, I began experimenting. Then I did what you were not "supposed" to do: I sent photos of my new work to Cloth Paper Scissors . . . actual photos printed from the drugstore (in my defense this was MANY years ago). Much to my surprise, several days later I got a phone call from Pokey Bolton and she said, "I received your photos and I love your work . . . can you tell me what your story is?"
I remember thinking, "What is my story?"