August 2008 Archives

Square Foot Show - Notpaper

Square Foot Show

I'm glad that I attended the 6th annual Square Foot Show in Toronto yesterday, at AWOL Gallery (100 Ossington), because there were so many different styles and techniques on display. Including, an important one for this blog, collage! I was excited to see how many local collage artists there are, and now I find myself wanting to know more. This year was the biggest show ever, and I am definitely going to participate next year.



In the above images, #1 is by Alex Cirka, and #3 by Hyein Lee.

So here's a little review of what we saw. Sorry about not giving credit where credit is due, but the list I wrote of the artists was misplaced today. (So if you are one of the artists of these fantastic collage works, feel free to let me know).

Raoul Weiller - Notpaper

Raoul Weiller

Raoul's collages embody a retro illustration style, that you can tell is very influenced by the Dada style. His work also has a sense of humour reminiscent of that style. I like that a lot of his work features portraits, because collage portraits are really interesting and the few people who make them make them really well.

Raoul Weiller
http://www.flickr.com/photos/raoul_weiller/
East Coast, USA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Assembled figures, a bit dark, with humour!

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I like anything retro, old mags, industrial books, postcards, Ebay's a great source.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Around 15 years ago, in graphic design classes, the assignments required us to illustrate whatever brochure or poster. Since I had no drawing skills, I learned collage by necessity! I've been making them ever since.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: My day job is totally removed from art which I do at night and weekends.


Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Aside from some intro drawing classes, I'm self taught.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I grab a pile of mags and pick images I like. I usually work on several figures at a time pushing images around until interesting combinations occur.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: It's always the one I just finished!

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: The Dada folks (Ernst, Hoch, Housman, etc.) and all the cool artists on Flickr who truly inspire me.

Thanks Raoul!

Mark Boellaard - Notpaper

Mark Boellaard

Mark's work is cool and quirky--he plays with unconnected objects and adds interest with size differences. His very surreal pieces create for us very surreal stories that are different for every viewer. It's interesting that he turned to collage after having his camera stolen, and it makes me wonder what sort of connections collage has with photography. I can name the first one... it uses photographic images. But what else?

Mark Boellaard
collageadventures.blogspot.com
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: An unending adventure.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Found paper of any sort--encyclopedias, postcards, travel books, comics, photographs.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: About 18 months. My camera was stolen.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: In between jobs at the moment...

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

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Relying on chance is my favourite technique.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I have no particular favourites.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: In no particular order: Vincent van Gogh, Luis Bunuel, Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, Max Ernst, William Burroughs, Guy Debord, Andrei Tarkovksy, Kenneth Anger, Philip K. Dick, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart.

Thanks MB77!

Temple33 - Notpaper

Temple33

Temple33's work has gorgeous colours muted with black and white, and the with paint she adds movement to her pieces. She has such an interesting array of work, but I've included only her paper collages here. What I think is really interesting are her unfolded packaging journals and her fabric collages, which I may cover a little later (check them out on her flickr).

temple33
www.flickr.com/photos/temple_33/
Taipei, Taiwan

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Found+sort+cut+glue+print+tear+paste+stitch+draw=my work

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I work with whatever I found or got for free. Mostly the flyers/posters/ brochures/free magazines/yellow pages/maps... Also I work with the aged notebooks/date books/calendars I've collected since I was a school girl.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've created collage "intensely" for only 1.5 years. I worked as a travel /lifestyle journalist for years. Since I love papers very much, I have stocked lots of magazines and prints. One day, I found I needed more space to live and had to clean out some of the paper collection, so I started creating collage.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Well, I take the sole artist as my life long career but now I need to work as a part time translator/journalist to live.

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

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Techniques? I don't know... Maybe intuition?

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Hmmmm... I'm not sure. So far I just try to experience as many different compositions as I can. They are more like in progress but not finished works.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I'm inspired by Asian tribes, C.G.Jung, mysticism, Yoshitomo Nara, Annette Messager, lots of novel writers.

Thanks temple33!

New Work—Eduardo Recife - Notpaper

New Work—Eduardo Recife

It's been a while since a new version of Misprinted Type was out, and I am excited to say that it's here! Eduardo Recife's new work is beautiful and new—it has a warm and romantic feeling. I've included some of the new stuff above, but be sure to go and check out the rest.

via The Post Family



iPhone Wallpapers - Notpaper

iPhone Wallpapers

I haven't posted for a few days, and will be back with interviews tomorrow. But here is something nice to tide you over, if you have an iPhone/iPod Touch. You can download these three collage wallpapers here, from Long Live Analog.

Francisca Pageo - Notpaper

Francisca Pageo

I chose the above image from Francisca's work because it has the most visual impact. It's part of a mini-book she's created about Chernobyl, which I am interested to find out more about. It uses a lot of little black confetti pieces, which seem to represent... Radioactivity? Illness? Ruin? Something profound, at least. But what I really love is when she uses thread (see the first 5 thumbnails--they all involve thread).

Francisca Pageo
www.flickr.com/photos/misspaq
Molina de segura, Murcia, Spain

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Emotions, thoughts, feelings.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I like to use different things depending on the moment. Sometimes I use vintage magazines and old papers, sometimes I use my photos and any paper, and sometimes I use 3D things like thread or charms or something I like.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I always loved graphic design and crafts and I started to make collages 3 years ago in my free time like a visual diary.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm working in a creative studio as editor and photographer, but lately I've started to work with my collages and crafts too.


Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Nope, I'm completely self-taught.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I love minimalism, conceptual and combined colours always.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I don't think I can pick only one... but probably this. It's nostalgic, melancholic, minimal, simple, conceptual and purely beautiful for me.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Godard, Pollock, Ye Rin Mok, Francesca Woodman and all these people & friends who catch my attention.

Thanks Francisca!

Douglas Coupland - Notpaper

Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland is one of my favourite authors, and he's a really interesting person all around. I haven't had the chance to meet him... yet, but he's Canadian as well so it's not impossible that I might run into him at a supermarket one day. He studied art at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and has taught at design schools in Japan and Italy. This is a side of his not as well known, and I was surprised to find out about his artistic abilities. But I'm glad I did.


I posted a while back about the intro to his TV show, JPod, which I loved the design of. Now I'm posting about just a couple of his collage works called The Penguins, which are made out of old penguin book covers. I think they're fantastic and I would love to see more like this. More of his art work can be found here, at his website.

Mark Lazenby - Notpaper

Mark Lazenby

Mark's work has a really "vintage graphic design" style, and it's probably because of the bright colours and outdated cutouts he uses. It's like something right out of Print magazine in the late eighties/early nineties. He earns his unique illustration style this way, and allows us to fondly reminisce about how graphic design used to be.

Mark Lazenby, boywithaski
URL (Blog, Website): www.marklazenby.co.uk, www.virb.com/marklazenby
London

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Layers of Paper and meaning born of necessity.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Anything from Rubbish picked up in the street, antique books/prints, postcards, discarded paper of any kind, The Sacred and Profane.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been working in collage for 15 years, I found my voice in it and couldn't get away from it.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm also a Graphic Designer.


Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I trained at the Royal College of Art, Bath and the Kunst Buch Schule in Leipzig.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I love building up the layers and hiding things within Collage and Montage.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I become attached to everything I make, but certain pieces do resonate more. "To Find the Sacred Hearts" I think is one of my favourites.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell, Peter Blake, Peter Phillips, Joe Tilson, Cy Twombly, Hylton Nel..... and on, and on!
Thanks Mark!

Chris Butler - Notpaper

Chris Butler

Chris makes deliciously mathematic, scientific, and architectural collage pieces. His collages look like they are made with such planning and precision, and yet he describes them as simple. Yes, they look simple to the untrained eye, but more work has gone into them than that, I'm sure. You can definitely tell by the arrangements and negative space that he's a designer.

Christopher Butler
www.chrbutler.com, www.newfangled.com/chris_butler_blog
Chapel Hill, NC (I am originally from Massachusetts, but have also called Michigan, Delaware, Rhode Island, Malaysia, and now Chapel Hill, NC, home.)

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Analytical, cheap, collage, fast, geometric, simple.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I tend to do most of my drawings in a cheap sketchbook, though I also make hand-bound books. (The last 30 images on my Picasa gallery come from two books I made recently. The rest of the images come from sketchbooks I've kept over the past 5 years.) The thing I like best about inexpensive sketchbooks is that the paper is pretty thin, so it keeps me from getting precious about anything I make. I also like how the page will reveal marks from the other side, which can be controlled by using different kinds of pens and layered papers. As far as the collaged material is concerned, I'll use just about anything from magazines and old books to receipts and bill envelopes. I'll also use many different pencils, pens, markers, ink, paper, stamps, glue, etc.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started making drawings in my sketchbook that incorporated collaged elements while in high school. At that point, I was much more interested in painting and considered my sketchbook more of a practice area. However, I found myself spending more time working in the books while in college, to the point that it became a major focus of mine.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work for Newfangled Web Factory, a web development and strategic consulting firm, by day. It may not seem so at first glance, but even management requires creativity ;-)

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 2003 with a BFA in Film/Animation/Video.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I like to vary the use of collaged material from one image to another, so that one might be primarily assembled from found images while another might just be pen and ink. In other words, I don't want to be too dependent upon the found image. Other than that, my technique is pretty simple and largely design-oriented. I do tend to set up "rules" for myself at the outset, such as choosing the collaged elements first, or, in the case of the last handmade book I made, using only black and white photocopies.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: At this particular moment, I like Material in the Spirit's World, but that is likely to change by the time you publish this interview!

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: My wife Carolyn, whom I met at RISD, studied textile design and makes drawings that are heavily pattern-oriented and tend to have a whimsical mood that I could never achieve. She has a random assortment of images online on her flickr account. In terms of other artists that have influenced me one way or another, I'd mention Joseph Cornell, Al Decredico (one of my professors at RISD), Rene Magritte, Buckminster Fuller, Charles and Ray Eames, and probably a whole host of others. I did see an exhibition recently that included timelines and drawings by Lia Perjovschi that really inspired me. I tend to be very analytical, so her works of "organization" were appealing.

Thanks Chris!

Monthly Wallpapers - Notpaper

Monthly Wallpapers

Yay for downloads! I am going to have a monthly wallpaper from one of the interviewees of that month. This month (the first) is from Max-o-matic, and you can download it by clicking on the above image.

Video: Shellie Fiocca - Notpaper

Video: Shellie Fiocca



Title: It's All Under Control
Media: Mixed Media, Quicktime Movie
Length: 3:36
Producer: Shellie Fiocca
Music: Bloc Party "Pioneers"

Because I just love these videos, here is one by Shellie Fiocca. Now it's not actually collage, but it does strike me as a technique that is definitely used in collages: painting over or covering up part of an image. So, similar to cutting a piece out of a magazine, Shellie instead paints out the background with an opaque white paint.

This particular video is her thesis work which is meant to reverse the role of "producer vs. purchaser," by changing the message and distracting the viewer receiving the messages. She uses magazines and mail order catalogues that she paints white and then draws a new message over the old with black ink. I think this project is great, and I wish I could see the finished magazines all together!

Grrl+Dog - Notpaper

Grrl+Dog

Dneese has taken the "scrapbooking" style and given it a raw edge that suits collage. She says she feels okay with collage because "it's not art." Now I know some people would argue this, but I'm still not sure where I stand on the Collage as Fine Art topic. I feel like it's more design connected--feel free to let me know what you think. I think Dneese's work is like a wound down and grungier version of today's typical family scrapbook.

grrl+dog, Dneese
http://flickr.com/people/dneese_l/, http://www.dneese.blogspot.com/
Inner West Sydney, Australia

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Runs with scissors, chews pencils, gets glue everywhere.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I will work with anything that is on my table... I am basically lazy and I find the synchronicity of What Lies There quite magical. I am very fond of vintage text, especially handwriting... you just don't see much of that anymore.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: My partner is an artist, and he was stuck. One day I picked up some craft book, who knows what... and just started sticking stuff on stuff. It's not rocket science, and it was such a relief because I could tell myself, "This isn't art, so it's OK." I could free myself from having any "arty" expectations.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am a dominatrix by profession in a House of Bondage and Discipline... Not much of a crossover...

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Nope... but I love courses.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: 1. Fiddle about. 2. Get a coffee. 3. Stare at my art table 4. Fiddle some more. 5. Sit down at my art table. 6. Get your the bit I am working on, and stick the first thing that wants to be stuck. I guess it's more of a technique to get myself TO the art table! You have to get quiet inside so you can listen to the piece and hear what it wants, After that, it's all automatic. The trick is getting quiet enough to hear.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Dulcie's wedding. You can see it on my blog. It was a shoebox of ephemera I bought at a junk shop and it contained all of this lady's wedding stuff, even the blank wedding invitiations, the notes for the speech, the whole deal. I didn't have to get too quiet to hear what Dulcie wanted, she practically yelled at me.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I love the work of Nina Bagley, and right now I am into the hand puppets of Paul Klee.

Thanks Dneese!

Andree Tracy - Notpaper

Andree Tracy

Andree's work is youthful and playful—it reminds me of a storybook illustration style. Yet, at the same time it is a little curious and strange, like the dada style that collage comes from in the first place. (Also, I can't concentrate at all right now because there are four people playing Rock Band in this room!) Great work, Andree!

Name (Real or Screenname): Andree Tracey
URL (Blog, Website): www.andreescollages.com
Location (Where are you from?): Minnesota, USA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Surreal, fantasy, dreamlike, whimsical, humourous.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I like working with vintage photos, my own photos, magazine clippings, decorative papers, text, maps, old postcards, paint, and any ephemera that seems to fit the mood.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Collage is actually new for me—I've been working on it for about a year. I had been painting large scaled paintings for many years when a family situation changed. I'm now care-taking, and all my artwork must be done in a small room in my house. So I decided that the dreamlike imagery that I favored in the paintings could be created with magazine scrap and photos in a smaller scale. It's been quite interesting to go from one scale to the opposite!

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work full-time as a freelance illustrator.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Fine Art from the University of Iowa and later studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I like trying different things, but I notice that I do gravitate toward several techniques. I love using clear contact paper (shelf paper) as a transfer medium. I stick an image onto the paper, soak it, and then pull off the paper. The image remains on the contact paper, translucent and direct (not backwards) . This is helpful when you want to put found text on a piece. If you want to try it, you must photocopy the image first, ink jets won't work, and neither will original magazine images, either. I like using maps and vintage sewing patterns—both for the images and for the tissue paper that creates great textures—and I really love painting the backgrounds.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: It hasn't been made yet.

Q: What other artsts do you admire?
A: There are just too many! I'll just limit my list to painters and photographers that I admire: Peter Doig, Walton Ford, Thomas Woodruff, Anselm Kiefer, Wayne Thiebaud, Eva Hesse, Eric Fischl, Elizabeth Murray, Paula Rego, Alice Neel, Laura Owens, Julie Mehretu, Gregory Crewdson, Loretta Lux, Patrick Nagatani, Bruce Charlesworth, Sally Mann, George Tooker, Magritte, Edward Hopper, Maggie Taylor, Boyd Webb, I think I better stop now...

Thanks Andree!

Exo - Notpaper

Exo

I always want to describe work as "trashy," but I mean it in the best (if possible) way! Exo says he finds his collages (that are mostly made out of found papers) boring sometimes, but I think his work really brings some excitement to the materials he uses. Trash is pretty boring on its own...

Name (Real or Screename): EXO
URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/photos/alejoalejo
Location (Where are you from?): Buenos Aires, Argentina

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Sometimes it's interesting but most of the time I find it boring, hahahaha.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I like to work only with old vintage magazines and trash paper.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started five years ago. One day when I was bored in my home alone looking through some old magazines, I started cutting them up and creating something strange. I remember that I liked it a lot and started to look up (on the internet and in books) for material about collage... So here I am "collaging," and I ask myself if this will have an end.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Oh yeah, I'm a web designer and I work sometimes doing that. But I spend my time creating art and studying.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No, I'm graphic design student, but always I read books and look out for material related to the design and art.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: My favourite techniques are collage (obviously) and vector graphics.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I think that my favourite is this one. It has no name, but is represents so much of my personality. Especially the man standing there looking for something on the floor.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Tatlin, Kandinsky, Recife, Mondrian... Well I like too many artists but these are some of my favourites.

Thanks Exo!

Gracia + Louise - Notpaper

Gracia + Louise

Gracia Louise is a collaboration between Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison. Together, they create artists' book, prints, zines, postcard collages, and other small projects from their home-based studio in Melbourne, Australia. I am very pleased to bring you notpaper's very first collaborative interview, with slightly different questions based on creating art as a team! I would like to do more like this, so if you have a collaboration you would like to tell me about, please email me!

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about the collaboration/project?
A: We enjoy working side-by-side in collaboration. We each bring different things, different strengths and different ways of seeing, but we work so harmoniously together. It is an effortless collaboration; one we enjoy.

Q: How long have you been collaborating, and what made you start?
A: We have been working collaboratively for almost ten years now and I guess you could say it officially began when we started working on our first series of limited edition artists' books (in 1999). It all began with 'This morning I went into the garden', a small book bound in emu leather, featuring our collages and drawings and collected pieces of ephemera.

Q: What do you like most about working with a partner?
A: It enables you to create something you could not otherwise create on your own. It is challenging. It is rewarding. It feels like the perfect fit.

Q: What have you learned from collaboration and who/what did you learn it from?
A: That the possibilities are endless. It is also enjoyable to have someone to share things with, especially where exhibition openings and launches are concerned. We rather fell into our collaboration and seem unlikely to bring it to a close anytime soon.

Q: If you could collaborate with anyone you wanted, who would it be?
A: Today, we'd collaborate with anyone, though especially a writer or someone who works with words.



Thanks Gracia and Louise!

Max-o-matic - Notpaper

Max-o-matic

Max-o-matic is a very talented designer, who came loves Photoshop but came across collage while stuck without a computer for a while! And regardless of the circumstances, aren't you glad he experimented? The taped up style he uses reminds me of Carmen Burguess' collage characters, but it a more design-y kind of way. His minimalistic digital collages are excellent too, but I'm secretly hoping for another computer breakdown so he can churn out some more great handmade collage work!

Name (Real or Screename): Max-o-matic
URL (Blog, Website): www.maxomatic.net
Location (Where are you from?): Barcelona, Spain

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Complete control of chaos.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I don't have any space to store old magazines. So: internet (everything's there) + Adobe CS3.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been fooling around with collages since 1996, when I started my first zine. I got into collage because I didn't know how to draw and had some things I needed to say through images.

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

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No, I wish I had. I studied Communication... so I read lots of books, but hadn't painted a single canvas during all my university years.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Because I finish most of my works digitaly, my favourite tool is Photoshop. I always play with the idea of making real things that are not.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Probably is a skateboard deck that I made for my latest exhibition. It has a 40 page fanzine (that I made) pasted onto it.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: (In complete disorder) Margaret Kilgallen, Kurt Schwitters, Edward Ruscha, Yokoland, Steve Powers, Cless, Rubén B., Señor García, GregorI Saavedra and one thousand more...

Thanks Max!

Books: Old School - Notpaper

Books: Old School


What a great (art exhibit turned book) idea, from Uppercase! Artists recreate their school days, and not surprisingly, a lot of collage is involved. Don't you remember cut and paste while growing up? (Click picture to view book)

Found via Michelle Caplan

video: (my first!) - Notpaper

video: (my first!)

I made this tonight, as well as a big mess! It's for a project I'm working on (working title: CMYK) and it's the third in the series, Y. It's pretty long, and you may not watch it all, but it was so much fun to make!



P.S. Tomorrow's interview will be with Max-o-matic!

Johanna Wilhelm - Notpaper

Johanna Wilhelm

I just cleaned out my email inbox, and I found so many emails I haven't yet responded to or interviews not yet posted. Oops! So today I bring you the work of Johanna Wilhelm, an artist already mentioned by a few interviewees on my site as an influence. Sorry Johanna, for not getting to this sooner. Anyway, her work is (like Sebastian's and Patrick's and Jonas') graphically fantastic. I've only included a few pictures here, but I urge you to look at the rest on her flickr.

Name (Real or Screename): Johanna Wilhelm
URL (Blog, Website): www.johannawilhelm.de.vu, www.flickr.com/photos/johannawilhelm
Location (Where are you from?): Würzburg (Bavaria), Germany

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Hm, I think this would be something like: colourful, mixed stuff, prearranged, undesigned, fast, slow-going, sometimes minimalistic... You see that's all different. ;)

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Well being specific is not really easy... I've got a lot of different magazines at home. But I like to work as well with other things like photos, vintage stuff, transparencies etc.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Wow, that's difficult. I think it all started when I was 14. We had to do a little collage work for school which was quite funny.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I like being creative but I wouldn't say that I'm solely an artist. I'm working as well as princess, troubleshooter.


Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No, I'm still attending school—I mostly do my works in my leisure time.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Hm, there are no special techniques. I'm just doodling around and then I see what is going to happen.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Well, these are some of my favorites (above). I don't really have a 'special' piece that I love so much.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Patrick Beser, Jonas Fechner, Sebastian Waters, Laura Serra, Kriesse, Kacper Potega.

Thanks Johanna!

Margarita Gestrich - Notpaper

Margarita Gestrich

You might have another "why didn't I think of that" moment when looking at Margarita's work, because it's so clean and fluid and looks effortless (though I'm sure a lot of effort does go into each composition). It just seems like such a natural composition is made with different fabrics and fibres. It's almost amazing to think—this is all just paper.

Name (Real or Screename): Margarita Gestrich
URL (Blog, Website): Colour Gradient Collages on Flickr
Location (Where are you from?): Hamburg, Germany

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Parts of fashion-photographs building forms in an empty room.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Lots of fashion magazines, a cutter, glue and a computer.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started working on these collages without any intention during my university time. These are sort of the first collages I ever did.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: The former.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Just working on my degree in communication design.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I start with cutting out many pieces, take one and then search for a piece which fits best. Then, like playing with a puzzle I try out several ways of combining that with other pieces until I think the shape of it can't get any better.


Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I don't have any.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: William Eggleston, Diane Arbus, August Sander, Martin Parr, Paul Klee, Henri Rousseau, Renee Magritte and many many more.

Thanks Margarita!

Vivienne Strauss - Notpaper

Vivienne Strauss

Vivienne's collages have very vintage, nostalgic qualities... with strange modern twists. She says that people either "get it" or don't, and I don't know if I do or not but that's the best thing about her work. It makes me want to read into it even more.

Name (Real or Screename): Vivienne Strauss
URL (Blog, Website): http://www.vivienneart.blogspot.com/
Location (Where are you from?): Portland, OR

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: I strive to produce works that are aesthetically pleasing but have a touch of subtle humor or irony.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I love working with vintage magazines and old books. Sometimes I add some sewing for additional texture.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started out doing what I consider more decoupage because I had to do something with all the images I had amassed and wanted to be able to see them all the time. This was probably about 10 years ago, I started decoupaging my thrift store furniture, then it spread to the doors and walls. I finally decided it needed to be "contained" and moved on to collage.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Right now, I am solely an artist.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I do not have any formal art training, my degree is in Philosophy.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I spend days just flipping through vintage magazines (a lot of time is lost reading old articles), cutting out my favorite images and setting them aside. Spend a few days with those images just in my head before coming back and working them into collages.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I would have to say a collage called "Freak" it has a mans head, dress, 2 different arms (one muscular & masculine, the other hand is holding a hoop with a dog jumping through it). The Freak has 2 different legs, one in a tennis shoe, the other in a high heeled shoe. People either get my work and it makes them laugh or they don't and it makes them uncomfortable.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I really enjoy work from the Dada group, from collage to photography to found objects (especially Lee Miller and Man Ray.) Also love the work of illustrators and graphic designers like Edward Gorey, Paul Rand. As for fine artists, I like Kirchner, Dufy, Picasso, Munch, and Kahlo.

Thanks Vivienne!

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Away for a few

I will be away this weekend for a (well-deserved, I think) vacation at the cottage. Hope everyone else has a great long weekend too! See you Tuesday!

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