My name is Laura and I collect boxes. I am powerless over boxes.
Yes - I have a problem. If you bring a box to my house, even if it just had a UPS shipment in it, I will probably ask you if I can keep it. I can be quite insistent, possibly even rude. The smaller and cuter the better. Round, square, small, big - I don't really care.
Truth is, I am also a wee bit frightened of opening them. It is a macabre thing - to love something so much, but also be frightened by it.
I will leave that conversation between me and my therapist. For the time being, though, I have been working to find ways to make boxes pretty.
I was turned on to some great glue not too long ago - it is called The Ultimate and it is made by Adhesive Products, Inc. (API) right here in Albany CA. It is the bomb for adhering papers to cigar, oatmeal, etc. boxes.
Here are some boxes I repurposed for a show coming up on February 9th in Petaluma. I only made five. We'll see how they are received, then go from there.
God knows, I have a whole cupboard of boxes I could keep working from. A little bit sick.