"I dont remember when I started doing collage, I was
always aware of it as a medium, though."
"With all the stamps that I handle and especially all the
envelopes, I think the first thing I started noticing was all
the wonderful array of envelope linings, the patterns on the inside
of the envelopes. And through the stamps I would get letters and
things that date back fifty or more years from all over the world.
The multitude of patterns was fascinating and I started saving
those and then it expanded into all kinds of detritus and when
I traveled I was fascinated because there are things like Kyrene
bus tickets that are absolutely exquisite in and of themselves
beautiful papers and imprinted in a very sort of crude folk
art kind of way and theyre very beautiful and covered of
course with arabic script. So all of the detritus from when I
traveled and all the different people I know that traveled, I
would ask them to save their detritus so I have an enormous store
of papers and it covers everything from stamps and currency, envelope
lining, candy wrappers, tickets, from all over the world, all
different periods. And Im always looking out for paper.
I once was at Petimento in San Francisco and there was a beautiful
rug that had been woven in SriLanka and it had the most glorious
tag on the bottom on in Senegalese and I went through the whole
charade of holding it up and talking about how beautiful it was
while I frantically pulled the label off the bottom of it so I
could have it for my collage work (laughs)... Im always
peeling off nice foreign beer labels and things like that to use."
"I love the collage; it started out I think in the 70s
and I would combine it with painting, and then just introduce
a few collage elements, then paint on it and then it just developed
into pure collage; its like painting with paper - I approach
it exactly the same way."
"Of course it's played a big part in the artistamps because
most of the stamps, the vignettes, are collages. Even though E.
F. Higgens of Doo Dah Post writes me and tells me I really
should stop all those boring collages and put my paintings on
..(laughs) - Harley