Old Architectural Digests are cloying things; they're full of ridiculous ads - self-parodies - and over-wrought housing that guides the bourgeois aspirations of the non-creative class. But these magazines have enormous value in the workshop: their stock is heavy and perfect for collage work (the covers are primo; I like them for CD case images).
As you see in the photo, you can piece together figures of fantastical hue and shape and glue them to a background for creating either grotesque or sleek figures. Each form takes a startling turn as they are assembled; each seems to offer a fresh story.
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