Montage: Scrapbooks, collages and inspirations
The celebrated designer, Charlotte Moss' latest book, “Charlotte Moss, A Visual Life,” is devoted to gathering inspiration from the personal scrapbooks and notebooks of great women of style, both contemporary and historical, including her own.
Each chapter includes examples of Moss's signature style mingled with excerpts from designing women, such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis interior designer Elsie de Wolfe and society doyenne Gloria Vanderbilt. For Moss, the medium of collage welcomes chance findings and the collages put into books, have become her personal storyboards.
“There are no new ideas in the world, only new arrangements of things,” Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, and I will add that I believe one must know what came before to rearrange in a new way, to contribute something fresh today,” Moss said.
A memo to Moss from the Executive Fashion Director of Style.com, Candy Pratts Price, describes her scrapbooking technique and the raw materials needed to get the novice started. Invitations to parties, Playbills, book jackets from a novel you love are all grist for your scrapbook mill, she said. Pratts' favorite scrapbooking tools include a pair of Maped Créa Cut scissors with five interchangeable blades for varying trim patterns, Precision Sandkaulen pinking shears made in Germany, OIC Precision Glue Stick, a batch of markers, colored paper clips, tape and Best-Test rubber cement that doesn't shrink or wrinkle paper.
Now, are you inspired and eager to get started? It's never too late to travel outside yourself in search of knowledge and insight.
Alexa Hampton, designer and daughter of the famed designer Mark Hampton said, “Looking at a visual person's scrapbook is a little like entering a cult. Scrapbooks seem to be “like reverse Russian stacking dolls — they are small objects that reveal big ideas. On the one hand, they are just books; on the other, they contain visions of rooms, houses, buildings and images of grand family events.”