Before Pinterest and Instagram, there was scrapbooking, making collages or just plain ol’ collecting bits and bobs in a shoebox. Both sets of activities “collect” imagery but the process has changed dramatically. To make a scrapbook, you might first engage in an activity such as being a bridesmaid at a wedding or going on a wine-tasting trip. From there, you may collect mementos like a placecard with beautiful calligraphy or stationery from the romantic B&B you vacationed at. These get collected over years, sometimes decades, and what makes them special are the memories associated with them.
The coffee table book, Charlotte Moss A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages and Inspirations celebrates everything tactile accrued over decades from photos and handwritten notes to swatches of fabric. The interior designer first begins with what she loves in life: gardening, sketches, travel and dinner parties. It’s all about the journey.
If I were to put together a collage, here are a few of my own pretty little memories that I’ve gathered and cherished over the years! Do you have a box of memories?
Photography: (Top) © Pieter Estersohn (Second row, left and right, respectively) © Pieter Estersohn, Charlotte Moss (Third row) Charlotte Moss