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This group are called Pupil, Angel, Pain, I’m Too Old For This Shit, Siren, It Scares Me When You Go Quiet, Virgin: 2, Alice, I’m Being Very Grown-Up, and Miss Artist.

The text in Virgin: 2 (the title of this post) is from Closer by Tegan and Sara. The ‘tears’ in Pupil and I’m Being Very Grown-Up are made out of rhinestones that I glued on individually. A little tip to anyone considering doing that – to allow good time, put aside at least the rest of your natural life. Yeah.

It’s still all about sex, let’s be honest, but it’s becoming more like therapy than anything else. Some of the words are ‘mine’, and some of them are ‘his’. I set out to explore role-play, but now I just want to purge myself of thoughts/memories that I believe will harm me in some way if I leave them to digest, or fester (emotional bulimia is the driving-force behind everything I do, apparently *sigh*). I was worried that if I stopped making them I might fall into a pitiful heap on the floor next to a bottle of vodka, start crying uncontrollably, and maybe never get up. At least… not for a couple of days. Or until I needed to pee. But instead I am sunbathing, smoking in my garden, trying to eat healthily, and making sure I’m never too far away from my acid-free glue stick. I’m also trying to keep up with the whole shaven-legs thingy, just for the sake of my own self-esteem. That’s probably a good idea, no? I would hate to have to do another major-deforestation. That would make me feel less-than-special.

Also, gorgeous Bianca from Lo-Lee-Ta inspired me to set up a page for my artwork, which you can find by clicking the new picture in my sidebar. From now on, whenever I post new collages or drawings, they’ll be added to my artwork page afterwards, so if you want to view a specific piece, or browse, you can just go there rather than look for it in my archive.

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At 3 July 2013 at 11:58 , Blogger Pasta Chiche said...

Bonjour Holly,
Tu as un univers bien à toi, protèges-le. Le contrôle de soi n'est pas toujours facile, mais on en sort grandit et construit à chaque étape. Crois en toi
Sylvie ♥

At 3 July 2013 at 12:04 , Blogger The Feather Den said...

Ahh, love these kinds of collages. So 90s and angsty, the feel of them is so great.

x Michelle |

At 3 July 2013 at 12:47 , Blogger snow said...

I love the rhinestones for tears. They are tedious though you're right! I like "I'm getting too old for this shit." I feel this way sometimes in social situations where you can feel pressured to act a certain way. Im just not up to it anymore! :P

I'm glad you set up a page for your scrapbook!! When they are all together is really cool.

At 3 July 2013 at 12:47 , Blogger snow said...

I love the rhinestones for tears. They are tedious though you're right! I like "I'm getting too old for this shit." I feel this way sometimes in social situations where you can feel pressured to act a certain way. Im just not up to it anymore! :P

I'm glad you set up a page for your scrapbook!! When they are all together is really cool.

At 3 July 2013 at 13:36 , Blogger Sade BlackandOlive said...

Very very creative book I really love them, you are really good with this.... you should try and sell these maybe other items... so what! I don't shave my legs it just makes matters worse! However if it makes you feel better then you should definitely listen to yourself not me lol... Great post love!

At 3 July 2013 at 15:11 , Blogger Irene Àvila said...

Great and original post!

Love, Irenestylelife!

At 3 July 2013 at 15:20 , Blogger Deepti Sharma said...

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At 3 July 2013 at 15:36 , Blogger Eleanor said...

aaah i love this!! so so good! collage is one of my favourite things too do... but i haven't in a long time. i think you've inspired me to get back into it, im going to spend the afternoon cutting images from magazines! THANK YOU! :)

At 3 July 2013 at 15:41 , Blogger Janine Maral said...

awesome post.
would you like to follow each other on bloglovin?
let me know :)
- Janine

At 3 July 2013 at 17:37 , Blogger OurJaipur.Com said...

Hi you have a Very Nice Blog. . .
What about we follow each other? let me know :)

At 3 July 2013 at 18:06 , Blogger Дарья Пленкина said...

Hi! I love you and your blog! Always look forward to the updates! I follow you. Follow me back?

At 3 July 2013 at 18:09 , Blogger Janet Taylor said...

Love these collages!

At 3 July 2013 at 18:45 , Blogger Ylenia Cuéllar said...

This is beautiful!!

At 3 July 2013 at 19:59 , Blogger Cherelle from LACHERELLE said...

So creative, I like! X

At 3 July 2013 at 22:37 , Blogger Nancy Wilde said...

Wow, I love these! Well done! You did a cool job :)

At 3 July 2013 at 22:49 , Blogger ROXTHEFOX said...

Haha, that song was totally stuck in my head too! Love this collage of photos. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Would you like to follow each other?


At 3 July 2013 at 23:48 , Blogger Tere Ávila said...

great jobbbbbb, nice photos honey!


At 4 July 2013 at 01:29 , Blogger alishayi said...

Love these! Such a good hobby to have x

At 4 July 2013 at 02:54 , Blogger Chloe said...

THIS IS SO GREAT omgggg you are so creative and wow all the photos fit perfectly

you're amazing I wish I could make collages like these <3

At 4 July 2013 at 10:45 , Blogger Gail J said...

One of my fav post of all time! Xx

At 4 July 2013 at 11:31 , Blogger NICOLA said...

I think your collages are very interesting - and I like the text that you include.

At 4 July 2013 at 13:25 , Blogger Edie J said...

These collages are amazing - I'm transfixed by them. I understand they're a personal expression, but you should seriously consider developing them beyond collages into areas such as t-shirt design. These pages would look so good on fabric, perhaps with added 3D embellishment. I'd definitely buy one!
I am now following you on bloglovin; amazing blog!

At 4 July 2013 at 15:51 , Blogger Darina said...

Wow... so perfect post... interesting blog... I like your collages... so special :) Check out my blog... and what do you think... do you wanna follow each other?

At 4 July 2013 at 18:32 , Blogger Katie Frank said...

i do love this collage <3 <3

At 4 July 2013 at 19:45 , Blogger perfect hippie said...

This is beautiful!

At 4 July 2013 at 21:00 , Blogger AVY said...

Gorgeous as always.


At 4 July 2013 at 21:27 , Blogger Englishrose said...

I love the 'I'm being very grown up but really I wish he was obsessed with me'
you have definitely described it.
your artis beautiful makes me inspired that you can create something that is really just simply therapy but in such a creative cathartic way.
much love

At 5 July 2013 at 06:10 , Blogger Rin Handika said...

Just discovered yor blog and this is too cool <333 I ove all those things! Gorgeous :) I love your thought!
Following you on bloglovin :))

At 5 July 2013 at 08:56 , Blogger My Fashion break said...

You are so creative! Feel good doing what you love! It sounds wonderfull your plan eat healthy, sunbathing...

Regards from Andalucia!

At 5 July 2013 at 11:32 , Blogger Emmanuelle Nü said...

It's the first time i come to your blog and i love what you're doing. I make more or less the same kind of works with magazines.
Yours are gorgeous ! congrats ;)

At 5 July 2013 at 13:52 , Blogger Pop Champagne said...

Love these art work and haha I love that Tegan and Sara song, so catchy!

At 5 July 2013 at 15:17 , Blogger Corinne said...

I was going to say that emotional bulimia is def healthier than physical bulimia, but sometimes I'm unsure.

I love Tegan and Sara.

Keep your chin up, you are special.

Corinne x

At 5 July 2013 at 16:06 , Blogger Katie said...

These are awesome. I also think it's cool that you're confident to share it online, you're talented, so why not? Loving your blog, thanks for all the support on mine! xx

At 5 July 2013 at 20:30 , Blogger Julia Mickiewicz said...

wow, it looks really great! :)
come and visit my blog :)
kisses from Poland!

At 6 July 2013 at 01:05 , Blogger Letitia - The Fashion Editor said...

Can you do my sketchbooks too? :)
Gosh these are lovely. I miss mine.

At 6 July 2013 at 14:03 , Blogger Ester Ramos said...

Great work! This collages looks so great, I really like it!

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At 6 July 2013 at 15:08 , Blogger Anita said...

wow i love this!

At 6 July 2013 at 23:11 , Blogger Maija said...

I recognise that confetti! ;) I got a few things for your parcel today :D I love the 'I wish he was obsessed with me one' xxxx

At 6 July 2013 at 23:11 , Blogger Paolina of Calur Villade said...

beautiful! very very talented :) keep at it!

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At 7 July 2013 at 03:34 , Blogger ANDYSTYLE said...

pretty I like it ;)

At 7 July 2013 at 20:08 , Blogger lucrezia abatzoglu said...

very interesting post!!!love it
hope you will check out my blog too.xoxo

At 7 July 2013 at 20:13 , Blogger Maria Dehtiaruk said...

like it! very cool pictures!

Do you want to follow each other? Let me know!

At 7 July 2013 at 20:14 , Blogger Kelpa Raza said...

I love your blog!!

I've just started a fashion blog recently and would love for you to check it out:

Follow for a follow? Thanks so much!xoxo

At 8 July 2013 at 10:50 , Blogger hannah said...

Your pages are so inspirational - I love the pictures and words you mixed together. I also really enjoy Tegan and Sara. I too am trying to keep up the great task of hairless legs, at least while the sun is shining anyway. Being a woman requires a lot of effort! xx

At 8 July 2013 at 15:48 , Blogger sepatuholig-Grace Njio said...

Great collages dear. Very inspiring, I love it!

At 8 July 2013 at 21:10 , Blogger Jenna Opsahl said...

Ugh wow yes. Art collage therapy. Beautiful. I love the Alice one. Keep doin what you do, especially if it cleanses you =]

At 8 July 2013 at 22:54 , Blogger Ana V said...

Love your post! So interesting!

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At 8 July 2013 at 23:05 , Blogger missy loop said...

muy creativa!

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At 15 July 2013 at 20:37 , Blogger Every Friday Evening said...

Your collage look amazing ! It's wonderful

At 16 July 2013 at 13:20 , OpenID elfinolive said...

Woah! Lovely Art!! You sound like a tortured artist in true sense. :)
All the best!

At 19 July 2013 at 11:57 , Blogger Ruchika Thosar said...

Looking fab dear..nice post and lovely designer footwear !!

At 20 July 2013 at 08:34 , Blogger Live Bruno said...

It seems to be wonderful post dear...I love such Shoes for Girls !!

At 30 July 2013 at 18:41 , Blogger bianca lolita said...

oh. my. god. I have never seen this post! I think this is my favorite set, yet! This inspires me to start mine for sure. We have very similar styles and techniques. Thank you for mentioning me in your post. I love you always<3

it kills me.
you're perfect.


At 14 August 2013 at 04:31 , Blogger Poppy Lee said...

wow,amazing post,love the outfit.Pls post more! Shall we follow each other? I love comment and browse blogs I followed!
Pls leave a message if u follow me , i will follow back soon~

At 15 August 2013 at 22:55 , Blogger Drunk'n'Funk said...

I like your collages..really cool!
xo xo

At 22 August 2013 at 21:20 , Blogger Katie Huntington said...

This is stunning. What magazines do you use to collage generally?


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