About the Artist: Colleen Attara
I am a storyteller. I tell my stories through torn photographs, paint, thread and words. I tear pictures in half, change the composition, and stitch them back together. I sew in my words and all the little bits and pieces that fall to the side of my studio desk or below it. Then I add paint and some vintage finds and let the colorful threads fall where they may. These pieces are my mixed media collage prints and greeting cards.
I am an affirmation maker. I script words and affirmations from salvaged materials that become a part of a person’s personal journey. They come in different sizes and materials. Words are so powerful. I want every child to wake up and see “I am strong, brave and enough” on their wall when they open their eyes each morning. Imagine what our world would be like.
I plant magic gardens. I turn salvaged plastics and signage into flower box gardens that need no water or sun to bloom, and create art installations in healing places. I am passionate about recycling and keeping plastics out of our oceans and landfills, but my favorite part is finding beauty where no one saw it before. And I love to teach others to see beauty too, especially inside themselves.
I know art heals. When I am not designing and creating, I teach others to make altered books that heal their spirit. I am passionate about sharing how to get the words out on painted pages waiting for your truth. Waiting for your story. When my mom died, this process helped heal me.
When I was little, I had an imaginary friend and my days were fueled by my imagination. Still imaginative, I grew up, went to school and worked at television stations and carried a big briefcase.
I traded in that corporate me to spend time with my children. It was exciting and scary to walk away from that world. But I love what I walked toward. Everyday I make art out of the pieces left behind.