How did you select and source the ephemera you printed on?
Really I just tried to keep things interesting as I went along; I tried not to do anything twice. The challenge was to find enough different stuff in sufficient quantities. If I could find enough variety, I could give a sense of writing Soares’ words and ideas across the everyday detritus of a life lived.
Early on I took 100 little circular coffee filters from our kitchen, and quite soon after that I found a set of 1960s-era photographic slides on eBay. The very different challenges of printing on these two things made the penny drop inside my head that each fragment was like a separate craft project, and I had to make each bit interesting in its own right, while also having enough variety in the whole box.
Finding 'stock' to print on became a process of having an idea, then buying or begging the relevant stuff in sufficient numbers. Once I had the items, I would spend time working out how to print on them according to size, shape, nature of the material, and only then would I begin setting and printing.
As far as possible I'd try to source things in everyday shops. The pencils I printed on came from Wilkinson's, and there's a little stationery shop just down the road from where I work that doesn't seem to throw anything away. I visited repeatedly looking for bits and bobs, and when I asked them if they had a box of transparencies they went to the basement and brought up one literally covered in dust!
I was happy to buy things online if they felt right though. For example, I had trouble finding interesting enough decks of cards in the real world, but I was spoiled for choice on eBay. But the best part was finding interesting places in the real world, like the shop in Spitalfields that sells every imaginable kind of paper and plastic bag, and seems like a survivor from a very different London.