Ephemera [ih-fem-er-*uh*] (singular: ephemeron), n., 1. anything short-lived or ephemeral.
2. Items designed to be useful or important for only a short time.
Ephemera originates from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day, and is usually defined as any written and printed matter that was/is not intended to be retained or preserved...at least from an archivers perspective. From a mixed media artist perspective? Its a whole different ballgame! Old letters and envelopes, postcards, bingo cards, tickets and more turn into a background for a painting or drawing, a layer in a collage and much more. And at Artistic Artifacts, we think of ephemera as more than just paper — found items such as old packaging and boxes as well as new items like German Dresdens (embossed, die-cuts stamped from metallic foil-backed paper), all of which are wonderful building blocks or embellishments to your mixed media and fiber projects.