For the past year or so I have been fascinated with the security patterns lining my bills and bank statements thanks to my dear friend (and fabulous former boss) Ceci Mendez.  One evening she kindly showed me her vast collection (she has been collecting envelopes for over a decade) which serves as her inspiration and becomes material for her beautiful envelope collages.  Unfortunately Ceci's portfolio is not up online, but you can read more about her from a past show on the Boston-based blog Big, Red & Shiny here.  You can also contact Ceci through the New Art Center website, an organization that benefits from her supreme wisdom and creativity every day, to find out more about her work (which also encompasses many other media).

(Collection of envelope patterns at top is from a Flickr set found here.  The bottom is image is a collage by Ceci Mendez featured here.)

Update: Reading Black*Eiffel's recent guest blog post on collecting produce stickers reminded me that Ceci also has a great collection of these as well!  She has the best eye for design . . .  I wish I had my own collection of these.  How lovely would they looked framed in a grid in your kitchen (which Ceci actually has, of course!)?

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