Today we’ve been granted a peek inside the hallowed halls of my dear friend and co-worker Amelia’s apartment. You may remember her digs from her “You’ve Got Mail”-themed party that I profiled on the blog. I looove the item that she’s sharing today. Enjoy! – Jorie
Amelia’s Favorite Thing: A Vintage Collage Created by Her Mom
My mother claims that back when she was graduating from college in 1969, companies actively tried to recruit graduates — even the art students like her! Allegedly, they sent reams and reams of flashy paper brochures to convince these bright young people to take their money.
Nice try, Mom.
Even though she’s clearly a delusional liar (jobs for students! Pish tosh!), my mom has always been a creative person. She was a master diorama-maker when I was in elementary school, painted my bedroom to look like an Amish quilt, designed logos for several local businesses, and can wrap a gift in any material known to man. So when she was faced with a glut of fonts during her senior year, she put them to work on an old canvas.
Part of the original painting is still there: this blue woman. And here, the collage really begins, with a self-deprecating phrase: “My small contribution to art, with love.” (That love, by the way, is in reference to Art, my father.)
Art makes another appearance near the center of the collage: a snapshot, surrounded by the words, “A special kind of person. What makes him look great?”
And here’s my mom, Marlo: “The great figure. Are you smart enough to know one when you see one?” (Get it, girl.)
There’s even a reference to their dog, Rooms.
The rest of the piece is just as tongue-in-cheek.
Once I finally convinced my mom to let me steal the collage from the basement, it followed me around from dorm room to dorm room, and finally landed in my apartment in Chicago. It’s the star of my living room wall, and I know I’ve caught Jorie poring over it before. Thanks, Mom!