Collage Employment Agency

Each day men sell little pieces of themselves in order to try to buy them back each night and week end with the coin of ‘fun.’

—C. Wright Mills, White Collar

…the delicious and ageless pleasure of a useless occupation.

—Maurice Ravel, dedication on the score of his suite of compositions, Noble and Sentimental Waltzes

‘The ignorance of your middle class surprises me.  Outside itself, it thinks the world to lie quite ignorant and equal, sunk in a common degradation; but to the eye of the observer, all ranks are seen to stand in ordered hierarchies, and each adorned with its particular aptitudes and knowledge.  By the defects of your education you are more disqualified to be a working man than to be the ruler of an empire.  The gulf, sir, is below; and the true learned arts—those which alone are safe from the competition of insurgent laymen—are those which give his title to the artisan.’

—Robert Louis Stevenson, The Dynamiter

Cosmic Employment Guild (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

Cosmic Employment Guild (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.


Dear Employers,

The Cosmic Employment Guild welcomes you!

We respectfully commend to your notice, our Directory of Members, each a master in his craft and as able-bodied a workman as one is likely to find in this day and age. Moreover, we have little doubt that upon perusal of our little Directory, you will find the requisite men to fill long-felt wants in every department of your establishments.

Full particulars concerning each Member may be had upon application in writing to the Secretary, who,  upon receipt of same, will be pleased to furnish all necessary information. Kindly state in your letter the description of each position to be filled,  the salary contemplated therefor, and any additional specifications you wish to make. As a rule, your requests will be answered by earliest post.

On behalf of the Guild, I thank you for honouring our humble organisation by your examination of our Directory, and beg you to find herein the expression of our most profound wishes for your continued success.  Should you have the slightest concern with regard to any matter touching upon the Guild, its members, its officers, or its operations, I cordially invite you to write to me directly.

With Sincerest Respects,
Ezekiel Polycarpus McInerney,
The Cosmic Employment Guild.

(All artwork, descriptions, translations, & other text [except for quotations] created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)


  • Alissa Apel March 19, 2013, 9:24 pm

    I love the repeating faces.

  • Sukhmandir Kaur March 19, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Tempting to submit my resume :) but which the cook, seamstress, innkeeper, architectural designer, tile setter, writer, singer or perhaps most important of all mother/grandmother :) and as it happens more than fully employed as there are never enough minutes in the day, or for that matter night! Hmmm might just say I’m a sort of collage ;) Thanks for the insight…

    • Eric Edelman March 19, 2013, 11:55 pm

      How about all of the above? :D Thanks for your comment!

  • stevebethere March 20, 2013, 4:53 am

    Fab collage I especially like the mannequin and congealed daydreams ;-)

    Have a collagetastic week :-)

    • Eric Edelman March 20, 2013, 10:15 am

      Thanks very much, Steve–I appreciate your kind comment! (Glad you like the “congealed daydreams”; that’s a reference to a quote in a Wallace Stevens poem that’s been a favorite of mine.)

  • Gattina March 20, 2013, 5:01 am

    Interesting collage !

  • Daryl March 20, 2013, 7:13 am

    what a fun and clever collage, your imagination and execution are always spot on

    • Eric Edelman March 20, 2013, 10:23 am

      Thank you so much, Daryl; I’m very glad you like it! Have a great WW.

  • aquariann March 20, 2013, 2:40 pm

    Colorfully intriguing, as always!

    ♥ aquariann
    Featured Photo: Cool Carousel

  • Paula J March 20, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Happy WW!! The faces in different colors etc. remind me of different moods..

    • Eric Edelman March 20, 2013, 4:44 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Paula. Yes, they also reminded me of different moods (and they were each intended to be a different person as well).

  • Leovi March 20, 2013, 4:29 pm

    Wonderful employment agency! I like this composition! Beautiful pictures!

    • Eric Edelman March 20, 2013, 4:46 pm

      Thanks very much for your kind words, Leovi!

  • Mary Denman March 20, 2013, 9:24 pm

    Love your command of the English language Eric! Very intelligent humor. :) Happy WW.

    • Eric Edelman March 21, 2013, 1:04 am

      Thank you very much, Mary! I’m glad you enjoyed the humor of the piece, and I appreciate your kind comment. I hope you had a happy WW as well!

  • Kiks March 21, 2013, 7:29 am

    an impressive collage..I love the effects “)

    • Eric Edelman March 21, 2013, 3:33 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words and your visit! I’m very happy that you liked the collage.

  • Rosey March 23, 2013, 8:14 am

    I like the differences, this is nice!


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