Shelby Donley, a Phoenix-based Virtuoso agency owner, has been collecting hotel room keys from about ten years of travel around the world. At first, it wasn’t a conscious decision to save the cards, but she started to notice keys floating around in her purse or bags from past stays.
“As the stack grew, I realized that creating a collage of the cards, many of which express cleverness and personality or art, would be memorable for my travels, but also as a beautiful piece of art.”
Donley wanted the collage to be large, so she waited (and collected) enough cards and hotel stays to create her key masterpiece.
“Interestingly, I noticed the balance of vertical versus horizontal cards created a herringbone pattern,” she says.
When this collage is almost done (“a few stays away!”), Donley will frame it as a piece of art. But it won’t be the end of her collection – she will continue to collect keys and experiences for her next work of art.