June 2008 Archives

Una Janicijevic - Notpaper

Una Janicijevic

Una's work is beautifully playful. A lot of her work has a real comic book style (because she uses cutouts from comics), that also incorporates pictures of people from manuals, maps, soft colours and bright colours. There is just nothing not to love about her collages. I especially love how she uses collage in her Commercial works, it proves that collage can be very effective in everyday designs.

Also, she has a time-lapse video of her new collage project on her website, and I LOVE it, and would LOVE to see more of this kind of thing. Maybe I'll do one myself... If anybody wants to send me a video of themselves collaging, I will post it here.

Name (Real or Screename): Una Janicijevic
URL (Blog, Website): unaart.com
Location (Where are you from?): Toronto (but originally Belgrade, Serbia)

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: The best I can come up with.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I mostly work with books rather than magazines (textbooks and manuals predominantly) but am also easily excited by stickers, electrical tape, candy wrappers, decorative hole punches, maps...

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I guess I've been focused on 'straight-up' collage for the last 4 years and I think it all began with some cut-out speech bubbles from comic books.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I kind of have three jobs: art, illustration and editorial design (at Maclean's magazine).

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: A degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Right now, my favourite technique borders on obsessive. I'm really into cutting out very tiny people (and objects) with small curved nail-cutting scissors and layering them on maps for my Ecumenopolis project. I just posted a time-lapse video of it on my website.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Ooh, that's a tough one. I'm going to take the easy way out and say that's yet to come. I think an artist's whole life is spent trying to achieve exactly that.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I admire anyone who's got a strong message and the guts to put it out there. Lots and lots of artists fit the bill. But I guess the point is to name names here, so at the moment I'd say the incredible book carvings of Brian Dettmer, the offbeat painted worlds Marcel Dzama and Balint Zsako, the powerful porcelain figurines of Shary Boyle, the gut-wrenching photos of Boris Mikhailov, the street art of elbowtoe and others...

Thanks Una!

Paul Butler - Notpaper

Paul Butler

This week is full of Canadian collage artists, ironic that this is a Canadian blog! The first is Paul Butler, who makes interesting graphic collages by crossing out words, and cutting images out of magazines so you can see through to the next page. He's talked about having "Collage Parties" here, and I am interested to find out more! Aren't you? This sounds like a great idea.

Name (Real or Screename): Paul Butler
URL (Blog, Website): theotherpaulbutler.com othergallery.com
Location (Where are you from?): b. 1973, Winnipeg, Canada

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Social art.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Different people and their ideas.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Since 1997. I had worked in drawing up until then, but as I was nearing my graduation and entrance into the ‘real world’, I felt I didn’t have much to contribute to the history of drawing, so I turned to collage. Soon after, I started hosting Collage Parties.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I direct the nomadic OtherGallery.com as well.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: A Diploma in art with a major in drawing.

Q: Explain your favorite techniques.
A: The ‘One-Two’ move where you combine two elements, then walk away. I try to resist the temptation to overwork a piece.

Q: Describe your favorite piece ever created.
A: I can’t think of a favorite, but my last show was made up of a series of title pages from books where I intervened by whiting-out everything but words like “Family”, “Everybody” and “Friends”. I wanted to take the artist out of the work, and deconstruct them to common denominators that anyone could enter.



Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Right now, I like Gordon Matta-Clark, Tom Marioni, and Hirshhorn – mainly conceptual and social artists.

Thanks Paul!

Chen Ying Tzu - Notpaper

Chen Ying Tzu

This artist style changes from piece to piece, which makes her work interesting to everyone. She started collage because she felt self-conscious about her drawing, and that definitely rings true with me as well. It's a good thing collage can be classified as "fine art" now, so that us slightly insecure artists can take another route!

Name (Real or Screename): Chen Ying Tzu
URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/photos/hahahazen
Location (Where are you from?): Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: It's my visual diary.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Most of the time I prefer looking for magazines. I love to combine illustrations with some modeling portraits. Besides, I'm a big fan of Polaroids. Therefore, I collage with different films to enhance my works.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started around 2 years ago, because I realized my lack of self-confidence in drawing. During that difficult period, I read the sentence "I couldn't draw very well, so I chose to collage." It encouraged me a lot and gave me a new way to release my emotions. I totally lost myself in collage. (After this, I did the work long way from home to commemorate my tough time).

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Actually I don't think I'm an artist. I'm more like a storyteller according to my creations. In my free time I'm a volunteer at an art-gallery.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I studied graphic design in college.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Basically, every technique is my favourite, but I still try to find interesting ways to explore other combinations of materials.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: It's hard to describe because at different times I have different favourites.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: You almost got me!! There are too many. I should say I admire everyone who does something that inspires me or cheers me up.

Thanks!

dou_ble_you - Notpaper

dou_ble_you

This artist has some pretty interesting work, and he has quite a lot of it! One thing I find really unique is the way he uses colouring book pages as a base for his collages, such a smart idea and very inspiring. I found it hard to choose favourites!

Name (Real or Screename): dou_ble_you
URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/photos/dou_ble_you/
Location (Where are you from?): London

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Never ending urge to express/heal/expand myself.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I have two specific areas. One is ‘cut & paste’ paper works. The other is my digital collages and photography. Sometimes, I mix both of them.

For cut & paste I use:
- newspapers & magazines
- free leaflets
- found items (playing cards, tickets, torn bits of posters etc.)
- old ‘for sale’ library books
- comics

For digital imagining my sources are:
- my street photographs
- my photographs of various ‘objects’ I may come across or just shots of images instead of scanning: this could be books, magazines, newspapers. I recently was in a public library, where they had full annuals of 19th century periodicals. I went with my camera through quite a few pages.
- any image out there on the Internet.


Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I was creating cut and paste images for more than 30 years. It was all prompted by a need to release my frustration at being lonely and misunderstood and by the need to ESCAPE the reality.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work in another profession, which occasionally feeds my art as well.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I studied architecture but have no formal art training at all.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Cut the paper and glue the pieces to another paper. Draw and paint. Set the camera to ‘automatic’ and keep shooting. Experiment with Photoshop.



Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: 30 years ago I probably had some favourite pieces of mine. I don’t really have any favourites now. The best one might unexpectedly turn out in another hour or tomorrow.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Hmmm. Long list, in no particular order. Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Warhol, Duchamp, Beuys, Klimt, Antonioni, Fellini, Kubrick, Gaudi, Le Corbusier, Symbolist painters, Robert Rauschenberg, Ralph Gibson, Richard Long, Banksy, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Martin Scorsese and his ‘70s movies, Francis Ford Coppola, Bunuel, French New Wave cinema, Godard, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, Suzanne Vega, Egon Schiele, Santana, Edward Burne-Jones, Vermeer, Canaletto, Dadaists, ancient Greece temple builders, Hokusai, Tadanori Yokoo, Kurosawa…

Thanks dou_ble_you!

Bonjour mon coussin - Notpaper

Bonjour mon coussin



This is something I saw that I thought you might like, some collage-y cushion covers from the french store Bonjour mon coussin. I really want to know who designed these! Something I am definitely not going to rule out on this blog is fabric collage, I hope you are with me on this... They are pretty much art pieces themselves, each pillow is numbered and they are all limited editions. Anyway, I would definitely have these on my couch.

Shelly Devous - Notpaper

Shelly Devous

Shelly has some great pieces, I especially love some of her recent work, like the "Colour Burst" series (below set of images). She's having her first gallery show in July, and she deserves one. Congratulations Shelly!

Name (Real or Screename): Shelly DeVous, heartlandart
URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/photos/heartlandart/
Location (Where are you from?): St. Louis, Missouri (Heartland of America)

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Colourful, abstract, vibrant, universal, fun, engaging.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I work with vintage magazines from the 1950's and 60's. The density of color in these magazines is unlike printed pieces we see today. I love incorporating text in my collages.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been creating collages for eight years. I've experimented with all sorts of mediums and found that I love collage work the best. I started painting on canvas and evolved into mixed media, incorporating clippings into my paintings. Eventually, I evolved into collage work solely.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I do not have another profession. Years ago I worked in marketing. Today, I do some freelance writing for blogs, but art is my primary devotion. I will have my first gallery show in July, 2008, in St. Louis, MO.


Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: My education is in art and communications.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: My technique is primarily cut and paste. I look for bright colors, interesting fonts and patterns. I love reconfiguring paper from its original source and creating something new with it; using pieces out of context. I also like to create collages on found papers or board. I've used cardboard, pizza boxes, bags, note paper. I even use card stock from direct mail (junk mail) I receive. Matte medium is the adhesive I use. Adhesive and vintage magazines are the only "supplies" I purchase. Everything else is found or recycled.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: My favorite piece(s) is my current series, "Color Burst." The total abstract nature of these collages focus on color and pattern. Made entirely of clippings from vintage magazines, this series shows how we can create exciting art from what some consider trash. I love the contemporary feel achieved from vintage sources. It is transformative.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Robert Motherwell, Jen Stark, Corita Kent, Thomas Campbell, Ken Done.

Thanks Shelly!

Max Montano - Notpaper

Max Montano

I've been following Max's work for a little while, and I saw some work popping up here and there over the last few months, and I loved it. Little did I know that Max has only been creating these amazing collages for about three months! He started out painting (which he is very talented at as well), and turned to collage as a more affordable and accessible method. That's what I love about collage—money, skill nor time are an issue.

Name (Real or Screename): Max Montano, momax
URL (Blog, Website): flickr.com/photos/mo-max, momax.deviantart.com
Location (Where are you from?): Italy

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Impulsive, brutal, emotive, primitive.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Mostly magazines.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Three months ago, I needed a fast and inexpensive medium.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Both, I work as a tattoo artist.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No, I'm self-taught.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I don't have a favourite technique, anything for expressing myself.



Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Thank you for sending me an angel, because it speaks about the birth of my son.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Too many.

Thanks Max!

Little slacker. - Notpaper

Little slacker.

I'm slacking off a little this week, but only because I have so much on my plate! I am painting my apartment and also trying to get the site transferred over (to the new host), and implementing the redesign. I took a little break tonight to make some art of my own, too. It feels good, I missed it! (I'll show it to you soon, I've been without a camera since Christmas and still haven't picked one up yet).

I felt a little overwhelmed for a while being influenced by all of these amazing artists, and a little down about my own work because I have seen some amazing stuff these last few months! I just have to face the fact that everyone's work is completely unique, and there is something good about what I do, too.

Thanks for reading,
Aprile

P.S. Stay tuned for (in clockwise order above) Max Montano (aka momax), Majella Lue Sue, Paul Butler, and Kevin Guthrie.

6x6 Collage Project - Notpaper

6x6 Collage Project


Do you remember the post about the 6x6 collage group last month? Well, in that post I suggested that they try to do three way collages instead of two, and seeing what two different people would do with the same materials. I did this exchange with Shelley and Karine from the group, and this is the first set of my collages from Karine's materials. This is part one, so part two will be my second set of collages, and part three will be the results of all of the collages together.

This is a very fun exchange and if you are a member of Flickr I highly recommend taking part in this group.

The most exciting thing about this exchange for me was the beautiful Letraset transfers that Karine and Shelley both sent. I have found a new love! I will be putting these up in my Etsy shop this week.

Suzan Buckner - Notpaper

Suzan Buckner

Suzan uses drips and splatters and abstract shapes in her mixed media paintings, which is usually reserved for making an art piece grittier, edgier, or grungier. But by using bright beautiful colours in her pieces, her artwork instead exudes enthusiasm and liveliness. I love the way she uses her stenciled letters and weathering effects.

Name (Real or Screename): Suzan Buckner
URL (Blog, Website): thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com
Location (Where are you from?): Alabama, USA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: It is an eclectic mix of different things.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Vintage images and paint.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I have been doing them for just over a year. I started because I had seen a piece online, and loved it.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am also a part-time antique dealer, but mainly I am an artist.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Only high school art classes.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I don't have a favourite.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Again, no favorite—though I like my art journal pages the best.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: My favorite is an illustrator named Brom.

Thanks Suzan!

Clara Mata - Notpaper

Clara Mata


I love how Clara plays with scale and introduces a lot of large images of hands in her collages. It really plays up the perspective and interest of her work. I love how she combines so many objects and makes them seem perfectly natural together.

Name (Real or Screename): Clara Mata
URL (Blog, Website): http://flickr.com/photos/claramata/
Location (Where are you from?): Spain

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: I try to find new relations between images that already exist—it's kind of a game.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I work with anything printed on paper; my favourites are magazines.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been stealing images from magazines since I was a kid. I started playing with them in 1999, but it's been three years since I chose this technique as my language.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Actually I work as an Illustrator, but it's not enough for living, so I'm always looking for some extra work.


Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I studied fine arts at the university, and a post graduate master of industrial design.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Just handmade collage.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Hmm, I don't have a favourite piece, but I enjoyed very very much making the pieces I call sobras (meaningless compositions).

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Sean Mackaoui, Rex Ray.

Thanks Clara!

Tokion: the collage issue - Notpaper

Tokion: the collage issue

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If I loved the American magazine Tokion before, I love it 1000 times more now that it has just come out with it's collage themed Issue V.4. Appropriately named "The Collage Issue" it features sound collage, fashionable collage ensembles, collage artist works-in-progress, collage record covers, film collage, collage books, collage exhibitions, etc. It has contributions from 27 artists and designers, including Sagmeister and Saville. This issue just has it.

What more could we ask for?

Amazingly, I haven't heard of 90% of the featured artists, and I have 200 bookmarks of collage artists on my computer (and counting). I will be following up with these new discoveries, and maybe interviews if I can get them! This issue has some pretty exclusive content, and I suggest you pick up a copy!

Adriana Petit - Notpaper

Adriana Petit

Adriana creates vintage, Dada-esque, wonderfully surreal photomontages, and some of them are so Dada inspired I almost believe they came from the same time period! Her artwork tells offbeat tales of bunnies and... lobster women? And I'm loving it.

Name (Real or Screename): Adriana Petit
URL (Blog, Website): adrianapetit.weebly.com
Location (Where are you from?): Spain

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Dreams-Nightmares, Humans-Animals, Future-Past, Black-White, Shine-Darkness, City-Nature, Noise-Silence, Chaos-Harmony.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I use all of theme, not at random but in an obsessive selection.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been doing collages since 2004, after a personal and intense trip to Buenos Aires when I was in my rented house with all the stuff that I was collecting while walking around Buenos Aires. This is one of my methods now because I enjoy the collage process so much.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I don't have any specific profession, not yet. I'm a person with a lot of necessity to do art in all the ways which I can. I love music, and I try to develop this more with www.myspace.com/musofantasma, but the images are my speciallity in some things. I write, I live, I hate, I laugh, I think and the art is a reflection of my life.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I'm not an academic follower, I believe in freedom, I left it up to the people.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Collage.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I can't imagine that piece, but I'll do that piece surely.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Joel Peter Witkin, Diane Arbus, Genesis P. Orridge, Ian Curtis, Pedro Amodio, Dalí, Burroughs, Cortázar, Mark. E. Smith, Beethoven, Carlos Saura, Godard, Jarmush, Keneth anger, Carmen Burguess, , Hieronymus Bosch, Buñuel, Piazzola, Tomás Nochteff, Mia Makila, Nico, Maureen Tucker, Billie Holliday, Anna Karina, Passolini, myself...

Thanks Adriana!

April Gertler - Notpaper

April Gertler

April creates characters for us by combining unlikely combinations, resulting in a common link that is often strange or witty. She takes advantage of beautifully sparse, unusual layouts which make the pieces quirky and fun to look at (which means my thumbnails all look funny). I like that she combines vintage photographs with drawn lines and shapes, it gives her work real graphic interest.

Name (Real or Screename): april gertler
URL (Blog, Website): www.aprilgertler.com, www.aprilgertler.blogspot.com,
www.38-avg.blogspot.com

Location (Where are you from?): I am from California, but I now live in Berlin, Germany.

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: It is a re-contextulization of collective memory through the use of found elements.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Found photographs (the found photographs are roughly from 1910's to the 1980's) and my own photographs, tape, thread, wrappers, magazine cut outs, paper garbage that I find on the street, paint, and book covers.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started working in the medium of collage about 14 years ago. I was in art school at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, in the photography department and I didn't have money for paper or film. So I started using other people's photographs instead. I have been working on and off in collage since then.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work half of the week doing cultural training for large companies here in Berlin and the rest of the time I am in my studio.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Yes. I went to CCA, and got a BFA in Photography and then got my MFA in Photography at Bard College.



Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I am not sure I have a favorite technique persay. I repeat myself with various techniques; for example I use diagonal lines a lot in my work—both drawn and sewn. I also reorient landscapes quite often.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I am still waiting to make my favorite piece. There are elements of some works that I really like, but I never feel quite satisfied. Maybe that is why I keep working in this medium.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Hannah Höch, Annette Message, Tino Sehgal, John Bock, Sarah Sze, Paul Chan.

Thanks April!

Changes... - Notpaper

Changes...


There may be some visible changes this week, I won't tell you what! But just a little warning if the site is down for any period of time or things look different.

Thanks for reading!
Alex Hamrick - Notpaper

Alex Hamrick

In this artist's work, there is so much variation between sizes and materials, it almost feels like the work is by many artists! But this isn't a bad thing, Alex takes a lighthearted approach to collage by bravely taking on new styles and techniques. By working playfully and without constraint, these characteristics show up clearly in his finished pieces.

Name (Real or Screename): Alex Hamrick
URL (Blog, Website): http://skin-and-teeth.deviantart.com/, http://www.skinandteeth.net/ (under construction).
Location (Where are you from?): Born in Sarasota, Florida. Raised in Dallas, TX. Reside in Dallas, TX/Boston, MA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Necessary. Always in danger of becoming stale.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I'm a big fan of found paper. Street stuff, things I pick up when walking around. Older things too, but I'm not concerned with vintage business. I like tags and stickers... paper with a lot of solid color. Used packaging. The dirtier the better, makes for good texture. I like cardboard and card stock like what you find as backing on complimentary hotel notepads. Brown kraft paper. Brown anything, really. I have a soft spot for that. Gray, too. Canal paper. Masking tape, scotch tape, Elmer's white glue, Yes! Paste, x-acto knives and blades, scissors, cutting mats and rulers. Bugs and fabric and hair. Wood. Cretacolor Nero soft pencils. Thread. Random 3-D objects like thumbtacks and matches. I've had a real love affair with matches.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Hmm. I think I've been seriously collaging for about three years now. I used to make a lot of mixed media work, and as things tend to go, I started to get bored. Gluing bits of paper into my work had begun to really interest me, and so the "media" aspect faded out and collage just pushed itself in. The first three pieces (read, the last three pieces in the gallery) on my Coughing account at deviantart are where the transition happened.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I guess you could call being a student a profession. Right now I'm holding down a job in the frame shop at Michael's in Dallas. Hopefully Starbucks will call me back so I can snag another fifteen hours a week or so of work. I'm having a solo show at the Brooke Berman Gallery in Dallas in September, so there's that too, but I don't think there's going to be any collage work in that. Plus I probably won't sell anything.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: There are high schools about the country called arts magnets, and I went to one of those for four years. Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts to be specific. Now I'm at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston going into my second year. So yes.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Well, I've never studied other people's collage techniques consciously, but I have some of my own. Tearing paper in half by splitting the layers at a corner with a blade is good fun, and it extends the life of whatever paper material I'm using by two. Sometimes the fibers of the paper make a nice fuzzy texture. Along the same lines, gluing something down and then ripping it off after it's dried has become a new favorite. In the past I've made a lot of decisions about where to cut things by following the "natural" printed lines in scrap pieces of paper. Out of everything though, boredom is my favorite technique. It's the one thing that consistently pushes me to keep producing work because otherwise things just sag. I like to force myself to work differently, right down to such simple things as calling a piece done before I'm satisfied, or flipping a piece over after it's "finished" and using the back as the final product. Fun is also a well loved technique. Keeps things light and spontaneous.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Most of the time I hate my work after a few weeks, so I don't guess I have one.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Despite five years of art schooling, I have a decidedly pathetic knowledge of known artists. I mean, I could throw out something like Rauschenberg, but really I look at a lot of people on deviantart more than anything. *fredfree and ~spILLforward are my two main squeezes on there. I mostly live in Boston now so I actually know Fred. My friend Will (~mcjesus, ~BuddyWhite) lives in NYC and is a huge inspiration artistically and generally. Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon, Marcel Dzama, Rauschenberg, Nina Katchadourian, Cornell, and Andy Goldsworthy are top-notch, too.

Thanks Alex!

redesign: help? - Notpaper

redesign: help?

Well, I'm working on a new site design, as you know, and I need some input. This is the first draft of the idea, and I'm having difficulty finding room for things, I may exclude those things entirely. I would just like to know what you think about idea #1. I might do one or two designs more and have a little poll, but for now, what do you think? Too blue? Too scattered? Be cruel.

If you click on the above image, you can see the rest of the page design.

Please comment!

Randy Mora - Notpaper

Randy Mora

Randy's work has impact, probably because of his excellent sense of space. His collages are a little busy at times, but you can still always tell where the focus is. I agree that his style is really becoming "his style." I love his work and I can't wait to see more, I hope it has an impact on you too...

Name (Real or Screename): Randy Mora
URL (Blog, Website): randymora.blogspot.com/
Location (Where are you from?): Bogotá, Colombia

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: I just want to make people feel something good when they look at my work.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: In collage it is common to use these kinds of mediums, but I like to mix them with my own resources, to create identity... found objects, textures, stuff like that.


Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Almost a year. I took some magazines and books from a studio where I was working and started experimenting with this technique, and I can't leave it now : )

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm studying advertising too.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Not exactly, just a few notions I have from some subjects of my career.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I like to try using uncommon techniques—sometimes found objects, creating handmade textures and mixing them with digital processes.


Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I guess the last ones, because I'm actually finding a solid style. I hope.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I have strong influences from artists like Christian Northeast, Martin Jarrie, Sara Fanelli, Nate Williams, Melinda Beck, Jordin Isip, Dave McKean, Martin Haake, Pierluigi Longo, Antonello Silverini and recently Lars Henkel.

Thanks Randy!

Ophelia Chong - Notpaper

Ophelia Chong


Ophelia's work is clearly beautiful—ornate magazine cutout collages, featuring gems and satiny textures. I would describe her flower collages as very luxurious! But is a flower just a flower? she says. I don't think it's just luck, as she claims, that her art has been well received.

Name (Real or Screename): Ophelia Chong
URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/photos/opheliachong/
Location (Where are you from?): Born in Canada, Now residing in Los Angeles, CA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Glue, paper, exacto knife, band aids.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Magazines, Rococo, Renaissance, flemish, religious, romantic paintings.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Since I was 10 years old. In an art class where the teacher asked us to create an image using old Sears catalogues.



Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am a graphic designer by trade, and a published artist by luck.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Yes, I have a BFA in Fine Arts Painting from Art Center College Of Design.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Free form thinking, not planning on how a piece will look. Only finishing when I know its finished.



Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: The last one.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Joseph Cornell, Raushenberg, JMW Turner, Lucian Freud, 18th century painters.

Thanks Ophelia!

John Gall - Notpaper

John Gall


One thing that I have always loved is the way collage shows up in everyday design, and today, we're looking at book design!

I recently had the opportunity to speak with John Gall about his work for Vintage/Anchor Books and his own personal collage work. He is the Vice President and Art Director of Vintage, and he uses collage in his book cover designs because he feels it works well with many works of fiction. I was working on a post about his cover designs when he contacted me with a link to his collage site!

The following images are from one of John's personal projects where he was recombining existing old found book covers. The main image (above) is a poster he designed that encompasses bits of his work. "A lot of my personal work seems to end up in projects here and there," he says.


John also does a great deal of collaboration in his personal and professional work, which I think is an indispensable resource for artists and designers for coming with new ideas and making adjustments to your own designs. "I work on the side with a friend of mine, Ned Drew, and we do these emailed, Photoshopped, collage illustrations for a couple magazines. We also worked together on the Kobo Abe titles (below, after break). Some of these started as personal work too."

Q: Why do you think the collage style works so well with book covers?
A: A collage approach is just one of many ways to approach a cover design. Covers can be photographic based, typographic based, illustration based, etc. Collage seems to work best (and is most accepted) on certain types of fiction, fiction that is highly descriptive, maybe with a surreal bent, magical realism. That said, these approaches aren't set in stone, I’d love to do something like a biography of Abraham Lincoln with a collage cover, but it depends on the writing, from which most of the inspiration derives.



Q: Graphic design and collage seem to go hand in hand. Do you think this is true?
A: On a certain level almost all graphic design is a form of collage, especially flat surface designs like posters and book covers. We’re dealing with text and images. Designers see typography as image and texture as well as text, so we’re trying to combine all these elements into a pleasing (or unpleasing) whole.

More collaboration work with Ned Drew, above and below images.


I was excited to learn that his personal work will be a little more accessible (via the internet) on his new blog, never always. If you like any of the work in this post, I strongly encourage you to check out his more recent collages.

if you would like to read more in depth about John's life and work, there is an excellent interview right here.

Thanks John, for your invaluable help with this post!

Kareem Rizk - Notpaper

Kareem Rizk


The right amount of distressing, juxtaposition, and soft colours make me think Kareem is a collage genius. I love his work. His inspiration from Eduardo Recife shows through, but his style is still his own. What else can I say? His artwork speaks for itself. (And it doesn't say too much, because it doesn't need to!)

Name (Real or Screename): Kareem Rizk
URL (Blog, Website): www.kareemrizk.com
Location (Where are you from?): Melbourne, Australia

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Rawness and grittiness juxtaposing orderliness. Technology juxtaposing nature.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Mostly magazines and books dating from about 1940-1990 as well as postcards and brochures. I also use old photographs, photocopies, tickets, receipts, inkjet prints and a lot of found paper. If these items are not scratched up or worn when I find them I make them scratched up and worn. Most of the stuff I use is discoloured, faded weathered or peeled off another surface. Or made to look as such.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: About 4 years. I was very much influenced by fine art techniques during my graphic design training. My interest in collage started out as a hobby as my focused was on starting a graphic design career. It was a short time after when my interest in fine art collage became more prominent than my interest in commercial design. I then decided to further pursue my interest in collage art on a professional level.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Most of the time I am an artist. But I also promote myself as a freelance graphic designer. I have done several projects and jobs under both titles.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No. My only formal training was in graphic design.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Scratching, scraping and peeling paper off the working surface to create texture and interesting layer effects. I also like using solvent transfers. By brushing mineral turpentine onto a carbon photocopy, the photocopied image will transfer onto the working surface by rubbing the back of it. The mirror/invert function found on most photocopiers makes this a versatile technique. But since carbon photocopiers are now almost redundant, other non toxic methods are now available which work just as well with laser photocopy toner.



Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I don’t really have one individual favourite, but one I am quite fond of is Instructions (shown above). This was made in 2006 during a very productive period in my collage making practice. I think that much of the work I created in 2006 is some of my strongest and was very pivotal in my development of image making. I often refer to the work of that year for ideas and sometimes direction.

Within this particular piece is a strong link to nature while the instructional, mechanical illustrations of the hands loading the stapler gun creates a unique juxtaposition. I think this piece is a great representation of the juxtapositions found in much of my work. I feel it is a very balanced piece. The colours are very pleasant. It also includes one of my most favoured techniques of solvent transfers.


Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I was influenced very much in the beginning by Kurt Schwitters, the Dada movement, Russian Constructivism, Richard Hamilton and others. But it was more so the discovery of Eduardo Recife’s very eclectic style which inspired me to create my own unique trademark or style. My obsession with nostalgia drew me towards his work. I ended up combining the strategic characteristics of graphic design with the rawness and spontaneity of fine art and mixed media.

Along the way I also discovered the work of many other collage artists including Thomas Schostok from Germany, Charles Wilkin from USA and several South American artists who were working solely in the medium of collage and were of great influence.

Thanks Kareem!

Layla Renzi - Notpaper

Layla Renzi


Layla's beautifully feminine and detail-oriented collages are something special. She uses mainly old materials with techniques new and old. All of her one of a kind works put a little spin on "vintage" art, and if you don't look closely, you would believe it's the real thing.

Name (Real or Screename): Layla Renzi
URL (Blog, Website): www.dollfacedesign.etsy.com, www.dollfacedesign.blogspot.com
Location (Where are you from?): Rhode Island, USA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Girly, vintage, modern, surreal, with an occasional dose of creepy!

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Nothing makes my heart beat faster than a tattered piece of beautifully aged paper, mottled with stains and spots, delicate and fragile. i particularly like to use old ledger paper, victorian scraps, vintage catalogs from the 50's & 60's, old books, vintage magazines & photographs, and vintage wallpaper. I also love to use good old photoshop!

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I began creating collages as a kid, my mom was always really creative and always encouraged and supported my creativity as well. I got away from it for a while as an adult, but recently came back to it over the past couple of years and it's really changed the way I view and think about things... every tiny scrap of paper, every image, things that I overlooked for years have become possibilities and inspiration... it's been really eye opening and exciting.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: My "job" is a clinical social worker, and although it's how I primarily support myself financially, I don't feel like it's what I'm meant to be doing... I'm working towards figuring out how to make my living from art, but it's a process... I know i'll get there, it's just going to take time... Etsy has been extremely helpful in moving myself towards that goal.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I'm a self-taught artist.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I love to combine handmade, traditional, cut/paste collage with digital collage... I'll often start a collage the traditional way and then scan it into my computer and add to it, that's how many of my prints are created... I also love image transfers and using a variety of mediums, like collage, paint, and image transfers to build up an interesting, multi-layered background.


Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I think my favorite piece is a collage called where I belong. It's a mixed media collage featuring a deer/girl hybrid, with a layered background of paint, old book text, image transfers, and vintage wallpaper, with lots of sanding between each layer, so the under layers peek through. It's also mounted on an old book cover.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I love Mark Ryden, Camille Rose Garcia, Seonna Hong, Misty Mawn, vintage children's book illustrations, vintage lingerie catalog illustrations, Donald Roller Wilson, Charley Harper, Mary Blair, and countless artists on etsy that I absolutely love. Each day I discover someone new on etsy that has the most fantastic work, it's pretty amazing and inspiring.

Thanks Layla!

New features! - Notpaper

New features!

These are some ideas I have for new features, some of which I will be introducing in the next couple of weeks. I hope you are excited as I am, and if you have any smart suggestions I would love to know! (Email me or leave a comment).

Comparing Collage--themed posts that show art pieces with similar inspirations or materials, i.e. anatomical.

How to--instructional techniques by the artists who have mastered them.

Collaboration--featuring images of collaborations between artists accompanied by a little Q&A.

Collage History 101--the basic components of collage in art/design history in subject based installments, i.e. Dada.

Collage in Everyday Life--an aptly titled category, haven't quite developed this idea fully but I do know the first post will be "Collage + Book Design."

PS. I am currently working on the new site design and will be getting a new web host so that I can host all your beautiful artwork myself (sorry flickr and deviantart for my thievery). I know that it currently takes forever to load the images I host. So there will be many wonderful changes that I am looking forward to, I hope you are too!

Richard Russell - Notpaper

Richard Russell


I love all of Richard's work—there is just something about the vintage anatomical imagery and beautiful techniques using beeswax. Overall, I am amazed by the fact that his whole body of work is so well-rounded.

Name (Real or Screename): Richard Russell
URL (Blog, Website): www.myrichardsart.com
Location (Where are you from?): Atlanta, Georgia

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Anatomically incorrect ironies about our growing loss of face-to-face communication.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I collect and dismantle vintage art and science books, love letters, and assorted oddments. I rarely use new or recently printed matter. And beeswax. Lots of beeswax.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Since I was 6, but I have no idea now what made me start (but I remember getting in trouble for getting glue on my parents' dining room table). Now I use this medium because it's the simplest and most direct means to an end for someone who doesn't like to draw. Collage allows me to get straight to my point and tell a few stories along the way.



Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am also a graphic designer with plans not to be a graphic designer for very much longer.


Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Yes, a Bachelor's degree in Photography.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Again, LOTS of beeswax. And a lot of very precise, finely detailed cutting. But half my fun comes from collecting my source materials.



Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: That's difficult because it's all of them and none of them. But I will say it is a piece called "The Red Cup", because it is the most enigmatic thing I have made. I have no idea what the imagery is saying. Most of my work is open-ended as far as narrative is concerned, bit this piece baffles me.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Cornell, Picasso, Jess, Duchamp, Cindy Sherman, Picabia, most of the Dadaists, 100's of others.

Thanks Richard!

Jtgrothe - Notpaper

Jtgrothe

I think this artist's great rough graphic collages in his moleskine are similar to that of Sebastian or Patrick (not suprisingly one of his influences). He is another new artist and I hope to see more work from him soon!

Name (Real or Screename): JTG, jtgrothe
URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/photos/jtgrothe/
Location (Where are you from?): Germany, NRW

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Advertisements glued together.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I really like to work with magazines and advertisements.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started this year because I have seen some collages of a friend of mine and I wanted to create some too.



Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: No, I am not solely an artist. I just do it for fun.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I attended an photography class during my exchange year in Colorado.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Cutting things out and gluing them together. ;)



Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Well my favourite piece is gluebook 12, you've got to see it for yourself.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I really admire wizzninetynine.de’s work.

Thanks jtgrothe!

video: rex ray - Notpaper

video: rex ray

Here's a little treat: a video about Rex Ray's art, design, and most importantly collage! I have always loved his work, and this is a great video.

via dear ada

Barrett Cook - Notpaper

Barrett Cook


Check out this emotionally charged (and no doubt musically charged) artwork by Barrett. I love the looseness and amateurish style that work all too well in collage. I look forward to seeing more work from this new artist.

Name (Real or Screename): Barrett Cook
URL (Blog, Website): http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoodedfang/
Location (Where are you from?): San Francisco, California

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Chaos bound, terminally naive, exploring truth and lies.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific! A: Right now I have a small obsession with National Geographic magazines from the 1970s. I'm always looking out for scraps of miscellaneous found paper, pictures, cardboard, letters, books and so on. I use pens, glue and stencils and I mess around with solvent transfers. If I am not creating collages in my moleskine journal I enjoy using the inside of old book covers or record sleeves.



Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I have been creating collages for almost 1 year. My first collage was intended to be the start of a visual journal. I made a few more on found book covers to fill up the wall by my desk.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work at a record store and do not make an income from my art (yet).

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I have no formal art training.



Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Technique is not something I stress on. Almost everything I create comes from trial and error.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Not sure. Probably whatever I did last.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Right now. . . Stanley Donwood, William Eggleston, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Henry Miller. Blue Note record covers. Vintage movie posters from the 60's and 70's. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis is essential.

Thanks Barrett!

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