I wanted to show off Jessica's work mainly because of her experiments with fabric collage, as I am really interested in how this works. She has some great work, and she's definitely a promising collage artist! I can definitely picture some great things from her in the future.
Name (Real or Screename): decorums, Jessica
URL (Blog, Website): http://decorums.livejournal.com
Location (Where are you from?): USA
Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: A smorgasbord of caprice on paper.
Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I keep a shoebox brimming with newspaper cutouts, colored string, paper doilies, buttons, wrapping paper scraps—basically anything I can find. I like incorporating everyday print materials like receipts and ticket stubs in my collages because they possess such a raw quality that, in my opinion, can't be embodied in a glossy fashion spread. I've also recently started working with cloth, which is interesting to experiment with.
Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been creating collages for almost three years now, after stumbling upon this fantastic Livejournal community. I was awestruck by how much could be conveyed within the pages of a journal without being confined by words. I started keeping my own scrapbook, and I guess it all started from there.
Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm a student. Still slaving away at school!
Q: Do you have any formal art training?
Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I like using a variety of mediums, which allows for both movement and dimension—for example: weaving minute details like buttons and string to contrast with otherwise plain palettes. I'm also a big fan of simplicity—it's so easy to bog down a piece with superfluous amounts of material, so I try to ease up on the embellishments to create a whimsical, almost childlike minimalism to my collages.
Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I don't have a favorite, to be honest. But I'm currently working on a photobook that involves a fusion of traditional collage and graphic design. It's something I've never tried before, so I'm excited to see how it will turn out.
Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I absolutely adore children's books, and I find Maira Kalman's work so inspiring. Also, I recently discovered Oliver Jeffers; his illustrations in The Incredible Book Eating Boy are nothing short of remarkable.