Aaron Kramer has long been an idol of mine. His quote "Trash is the failure of imagination" has always served me well as a mantra. This year when we found him at the Smithsonian Craft Show it was (relatively) uncrowded at his booth and we were able to spend quite a bit of time with him.
We had the incredible pleasure of seeing on his iPad some artwork he'll be incorporating into a book in the future. I don't think I should tell you too much about it, just read this and watch for it to come out. In the meantime, ponder these points:
How in the world can you be in your 20's and be savvy enough to decide to travel around for a year, on a bicycle no less, and be smart enough to send back to yourself art collage cards you make that depict everything you see and do?
This was over 20 years ago.
How can you be so astute as to know that those collages would resonate with people today?
How could you have know to save them all this time for a book?
How can one person have so much energy?
Go here and here to see Aaron's work. Try not to go to his Flickr or YouTube sites unless you have a ton of time and promise not to weep with envy.