October 2008 Archives

Miss me? - Notpaper

Miss me?

I've been pretty busy this week so far (volunteering, getting a new job and being a student), but I'll be back very soon. I promise! I have a lot of interviews waiting to be posted, so stay tuned later this week.

I have a new personal blog, too. So if you're wondering why I'm being so neglectful, you can find me over there as well.

Also, if you want to know the status of the book, it's going pretty well. So far we've got 20 completed entries, which isn't bad. It's a 40+ page book so far! I may actually be looking for sponsors for the project, if anyone is interested.

Seen & Heard: Week Four - Notpaper

Seen & Heard: Week Four

I saw a lot of fabric this week, not much paper. Enjoy!
(As always, see more here).

"Beautifully flawed" fabric collage work by Jamie Karoses.

via A Good Idea on Paper.

These paintings by Laurel Farrin look like they are bulletin boards with paper slipped in under the elastic. They are only oil paint!

via dear ada.



Plenty of collage love at Loveology.

via Loveology.

Whether you call it a scrapbook, a gluebook, or an art journal, they all seem to have the same thing in common. A collection or arrangement of things (usually paper). I'm very excited to see what this book (Scrapbooks, by Jessica Helfand) about traditional vintage swissmiss.

Record the Day is a great blog filled with inspiration collages, just clippings and more clippings...

via Record the Day.


In this series, the artist (Vassillis Mitsiopoulos) reverses the process of a normal film, resulting in a very cut-up look. At first glance I thought it might be a magazine collage.

via Design for Mankind.

Clothing = fabric collage? I'd like to think so.

via Daily Poetics.

This is a new kind of collage, by Sunny Scarlett. It's made with etched glass, paper, and straight pins. I can't imagine how it's made, but it's soft and light and beautiful.

via Dear Ada.

Kerry Ball - Notpaper

Kerry Ball

Kerry uses a lot of simple patterns and strong words in her moleskine collages. They are very simple, yet you can tell that emotion has gone into them. Her poloroids are fantastic as well (oh if I could get my hands on some poloroids for collages...)!

Kerry Ball
www.flickr.com/photos/typefour, thatpolaroidcamerasound.com
Miami, Florida

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Emotional, passionate, honest.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I like to recycle things when I make my collages, so I use old books found at Goodwill, I recycle junk mail envelopes, I re-use polaroid pictures that are over-exposed/under-exposed or blurry, I use old dictionaries, magazines, any kind of bits of paper I find that have interesting patterns.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been making digital collages in Photoshop for a couple years, but it wasn't until a year ago that I decided to try out "real" collages, using some of the same techniques and styles I used in Photoshop. I started creating collages as an outlet for myself and my feelings.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am freelance photographer, working as an executive assistant to a VP to pay the bills!

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: A couple of years of art, art history and photography classes in college many years ago.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I always start out with my "base"--either a polaroid, the inside of a book cover, a blank moleskine page--and I build up from there. I love arranging bits of paper and adding bits of text to best convey what emotion I am feeling at that moment.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: It's a simple collage but it's comprised of some of my favorite elements: a junk mail envelope, cut up strips of photographs, my moleskine and most importantly, pure emotion.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Audrey Kawasaki, Stella Im Hultberg, Keri Smith, Lorena Siminovich, Mary Emma Hawthorne, Eduardo Recife.

Thanks Kerry!

Vincent Pacheco - Notpaper

Vincent Pacheco

Vincent's work is hugely inspiring. The word that comes to mind looking at his work is "concentrated," and I'm pretty sure this is an apt description. There is always white negative space in his collages, and he uses very few elements to display his message, which is often concentrated in one spot on the page. I think his work is brilliant, and that there is so much variety on his site (you should check out).

Vincent Pacheco aka Mudchicken
http://www.MudchickenArt.com
Seattle, WA (originally from Northern California)

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: A never-ending hunt for the truth.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I have a big collection of Life Magazines from the 60s and 70s that I use for my collage work. I also use vintage Playboys from the same time period, Cosmopolitans, and a variety of old encyclopedias and Time Life Books. Those are the sources of material that I go to on a regular basis. There's something about the photo quality in these vintage publications... the dot pattern and colour is amazing! I also use modern fashion magazine from time to time, but I would say that the vintage stuff is my bread and butter. Other materials I can't live without are vintage floral fabrics, family photographs, and a variety of tape and adhesives.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been doing my personal work for 5 years now. I started collaging for fun at first, and I was immediately drawn to how freeing the medium was and how much I could communicate through small gestures or compositions. I never really connected to other mediums; I found most to be quite time-consuming. With collage, the emotion really comes through, and the results are immediate. I am an impatient person by nature, so collaging was a perfect fit.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'd say that I'm in transition right now. I quit my job as a graphic designer in Corporate America last year to clear my head and focus on my personal work, but I still have to rely on freelance design work from time to time to stay afloat financially. I am trying to remedy this though... I'm trying everything I can think of to make art a reality, and to eliminate the corporate work from my life. I have recently started a non-profit artist collective called WAFA, whose purpose is to allow other artists to come together and inspire each other, and will give each of us an avenue to show and sell our work out of our studio/gallery. My hope is that this takes off and allows me to continue doing what I love. I'm trying to figure it all out, and it's definitely been a challenge. I feel like I'm in the fight of my life out here.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I took a few art classes in college--basic drawing and photography courses, but the majority of my course work revolved around graphic design. I was never taught anything about collage, I have had to explore this on my own.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: My goal with my work is to simply tell my story. One technique/approach that has helped me get closer to this is working with the idea of "sketching". When I start working, I don't set out to make a masterpiece--I treat the piece as just another sketch along the way. It keeps the work honest, and in a way, allows me to relinquish control. I've realized that it is a long journey, and that I have so much work to do in my lifetime. But every step along the way is important. Every sketch and idea will ultimately add up and tell my story in the end. I just have to get the ideas out of my head and onto paper! This approach helps alleviate some of the pressure of making a masterpiece right now, and to see the bigger picture. I've found it to be much easier to be honest and connect with myself, and I can just let it flow naturally without any preconceptions.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I created a piece in 2006 that changed my life forever. It was the first piece in my "Burden of Choice" series, and It was the first time I had experienced a direct connection between my work and what I was going through in my life. I had never experienced this before, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was a defining moment for sure. I think that if it hadn't been for this piece, I would still be sitting in a gray cubicle wasting my life away.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Walker Evans and Robert Rauschenberg have been huge inspirations in my life. I love how they worked and worked throughout their entire lives, and never lost their curiosity. I've also been inspired by the work of Jasper Johns, Anselm Kiefer, Tim Hawkinson, Jackson Pollock, Eduardo Recife, CocoRosie, Andy Warhol, Bruno Savona, Thomas Schostok, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Brandon Wilson, David Carson, Joanna Newsom, Esther Pearl Watson, Miranda July, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and tons more. I must also mention my good friend Sundry Sullen, who I am lucky to share a studio with.

Thanks Vincent!

Vesna Pesic - Notpaper

Vesna Pesic

Vesna's collages really stood out to me--I love the way she uses realistic elements like drawings and writing and how she uses (hand) typography to set off her collages. It's a very strong element and makes her collages "her own."

Vesna Pesic-BECHA
http://www.bechabesna.deviantart.com/, http://www.behance.net/becha
Nis, Serbia

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Absurd, patchy, provocative, morbid sometimes, retro but new.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Magazine sounds great but what so ever, anyone who understands my way of expressing emotions is very welcome for cooperation. I love to combine illustrations and photography.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Well, specifically collages about 4 years but my committment to art starts much earlier. I found that collage is a technique that gives freedom to frolic as much as you need. If you have inspiration, collage gives you inexhaustible way to create.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I graduated in graphic design ahd that's my profession. Illustrations and collages are just for relaxing, exploring my creative skills, searching for new styles, inner identifications, etc.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: As I've said, 5 years in Faculty of Art. And before that four years in art high school... 9 years is quite long time. And for all this years, love for cretaive expresions just grow.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I love to combine all kinds of paper, colours, drawing with pencils, crayons, rapidographs, then photography from catalogues, magazines, anything that inspires. I enjoy to write my own letters and make handwriting... Animal anatomy and human parts... grids with triangles... patterns and expressive strokes...

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Oh my... there are so many. Well, certainly "To fly or not to fly", "eye bird", "Vizuelna diplomatika" my final work,"Boys", "Do you speak english"...

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Schiele, Basquiat, and today's - Misprinted Type, {ths}, Viva Ultra...

Thanks Vesna!

Seen & Heard: Week Three - Notpaper

Seen & Heard: Week Three

Seen & Heard: Week 3. Book books books... Enjoy!

I keep seeing these stunning altered book pages by Ellen Bell.

via A Good Idea on Paper

Gorgeous, gorgeous. Work of Isaac Tobin.

via The Post Family

I actually went to a book arts fair TODAY, and it was quite intriguing. It's nice to see some experimental books here. (Collage is experimental, is it not?)

via A Good Idea on Paper

Here's something fantastic, Janine from uppercase just released a new version of her already popular "eclecto-notes," which are notebooks filled with all kinds of paper and vintage ephemera. Now they are for sale in themes!

via Design*Sponge

A little peek of Chad Kouri's (featured on Notpaper recently) great sketchbook!

via Book By Its Cover

Great new digital collages by Cristiana of Sete Dias.

via Sete Dias

Beautiful bird/map collages by Shannon Rankin.

via my love for you is a stampede of horses

Check out this folded paper poster for the Raking Leaves exhibition in Berlin.

via i love typography

An illustration issue of "Design This Design That" features some artists that have appeared on Notpaper, such as Brandi Strickland, and Angela from The Paper Apartment. (And more great artists, too)

via Brandi Strickland

Chad Kouri Wallpaper - Notpaper

Chad Kouri Wallpaper

I keep forgetting all the things I am promising, I should get a little more organized! This is a collage wallpaper from Chad Kouri, who was posted about in September, and so this is the September wallpaper. A little belated, but still. (Click to download)

Andrea Nicola - Notpaper

Andrea Nicola

Andrea really finds beauty in everyday things, such as bus tickets. And I love the way she uses them, big bold numbers setting the scene for the entire collage. It may make you think differently about your ticket the next time you're waiting for the bus!

Andrea Nicola
rainbowrama.carbonmade.com, aphazia.deviantart.com, aphazia.livejournal.com
Manila, Philippines

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: I-want-to-live-here fantasy worlds with hidden pockets.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Ephemera and vintage magazines/books fascinate me. I like the texture of lace and the uniformity of sticker dots. I've also been collecting bus tickets since I started commuting. I like how unique bus tickets here are, they inspire me a lot.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Aside from my teen obsession with huge collages on my bedroom walls, I covered my notebooks with magazine cutouts featuring small things and pretty faces I loved. Creating collages relaxes me and makes me feel powerful. With collages, I can create little stories with that "just-right" ending.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Right now I am a Multimedia engineer specializing in layout and desktop publishing, but I try to create crafts and collages as much as possible after work.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Nope.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I often begin with a color scheme in mind. Sometimes I get my inspiration from the colors of bus tickets. From there, I gather materials following that scheme and often change the elements in the piece until I'm satisfied. I like layering my collages with hand painted sticker dots. I'm in this sparkly phase, and I bought this metallic watercolor set that I love. It rarely shows when you scan the pieces though.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: This piece with a vintage image of a bird with bits of pink ribbon that's covered with a shiny layer of creamy metallic paint. It was just everything I love in a small piece of paper but I love how it turned out. I wish those sparkly areas would show on screen.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I adore a lot of crafty and artistic bloggers, like Keri Smith, Lisa Congdon, Galadarling and Ginny Branch. I also admire Sabrina Ward Harrison, Maira Kalman and Takashi Iwasaki. There are lots of very talented and inspiring people in blogland. :)

Thanks Andrea!

Henrik Drescher - Notpaper

Henrik Drescher

I love the raw feeling of Henrik's collages. What I find really interesting about Notpaper is the different kinds of people who become collage artists and where everyone is from. Many of the people I feature are graphic designers, so Henrik's actual job as a particle physicist is certainly unique.

Henrik Drescher
http://www.hdrescher.com/
Toronto, ON

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Personal, collected fragments. Public.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Mainly drawings. If I collage it will usually be with vintage stuff.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: When I was 15.

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

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


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Lying on my back thinking.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: My 3 kids.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Jaime Brena.

Thanks Henrik!

Lillianna Pereira - Notpaper

Lillianna Pereira

Every one of Lillianna's collages seem to be perfect, not one thing out of place. I love the way she uses vintage images and thread to make gorgeous, nostalgic, textural pieces. Each piece looks soft and velvety!

Lillianna Pereira
www.lilliannapereira.com, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lillianna/
Northampton, MA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Torn vignettes.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I work mostly from current magazines and catalogues. I subscribe to a bunch, including men's magazines (for a thorough selection). I also always try to mix some vintage stuff into my work (from old advertising books, dover clip books, and surprisingly many "modern" magazines contain vintage images).

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: In art school, for my thesis project, I designed 4 books on the subject of mythology. I wanted to have images that weren't classical. So I made them with collage. I have yet to stop. That was 2002.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm an art director at a design firm.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I attended the Hartford Art School and graduated with a graphic design degree. I'm also part of a printmaking studio, which I joined last year.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I really don't have any "techniques." I'm old school. Exacto and a glue stick.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I have favorites, but there's not the "one" piece. I love the process. And nothing beats the feeling that you get when a piece is done. Every new piece is a favorite when your on that high.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: So many. Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, Frida Kahlo, Joseph Cornell, Max Ernst, Odilon Redon, Rene Magritte, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Paula Rego, Eva Hesse...and on...and on...and that doesn't even get into my www favorites :)

Thanks Lillianna!

Seen & Heard: Week Two - Notpaper

Seen & Heard: Week Two

You can see more of this feature here during the week!

Martin Vorwerk's collages were featured in a few places this week, but I'm not surprised. It's some pretty nice work!

via Pikaland and Design for Mankind

Beautiful installations by Jacob Hashimoto made with paper and paint.

via Pikaland

I was thinking about featuring some assemblage art, and I might have to, just so I can feature work like this by Paula Louw.

via UPPERCASE.

I don't know why I like pillows so much, but it seems like collages and collage-y illustrations make it to pillows all the time. These by pattern designer Ashley Thomas are gorgeous.

via Decor8.c

When I look at these pieces by Ryan Wallace, I can't tell what went into them, and that's what makes them so spectacular. It's amazing how many different kinds of media go into his mixed media pieces. Including, of course, paper.

via Dear Ada.

I bet you we could all make one of these with whatever scraps we have lying around. This is seriously so beautiful!

via One Good Bumblebee. via

A collage by Cless featured on The Post Family.

via The Post Family.

Little Break - Notpaper

Little Break

It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, and so I will be away for a few days with family. I'll be back on Tuesday with regular posts. It's been so hectic lately with the book on the go, it will be nice to relax for a few days (before starting right back up again)! I want to thank you, readers, collagists, etc. for keeping me super busy and allowing me to start this new project!

Nataliya Toumanova - Notpaper

Nataliya Toumanova

Nataliya's work is so meaningful, I love that she used words and images to make a love-ly collage book for her boyfriend. Pieces like this not only mean something to the creator, but to the viewer, too. Collage can be so much deeper than painting or drawing, and yet be so much easier to read.

Nataliya Toumanova
http://www.flickr.com/people/nataliyainspired/
The USA, by way of the USSR

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: A combination of my heart and head.

Q: What do you like to work with?
A: Printed card stock and blank, yellowed paper ripped from old books, brown paper bags, images from magazines old and new, pictures from vintage books, Polaroids snuck from my grandmother's photo albums, paint, felt, yarn, ribbon, lace, pressed flowers and leaves, and anything else I can get my hands on.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been collaging for around two years. I started after discovering jr__nal, an art journal community on Livejournal.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Currently, I'm a student on my way to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY for my degree in art.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Not a bit! I am, however, trying to weasel my way into the AP art program at my high school.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Cut, position, paste.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I created a piece using a picture of a little girl blowing out birthday candles from a Good Housekeeping from the '40s, and made a stream of bugs erupting from her parted lips.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Van Gogh, Dali, Monet and Kahlo. I'm also a big fan of Cassandra Warren. I've been watching her work for a while, and I'm enjoying watching her work progress.

Thanks Nataliya!

Where are you from? - Notpaper

Where are you from?


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This is something I was really excited about spending time on, for some reason. It's a map of Notpaper's interviewees so far, so it's easy to tell where everyone's from and how far this blog has gone! Maybe you can even meet up with other collage artists in your city, I know I will.

Notpaper—A book about collage - Notpaper

Notpaper—A book about collage

I know the posts have been pretty thin lately, but behind this I have a very good reason! I have been working hard on the planning for—as some of you already know—a book version of Notpaper. The book will have interviews from artists featured here, and their work. If you haven't been featured on Notpaper yet, and you would like to be a part of the book, there is still time. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2008. Send me an email if you're interested and haven't yet been contacted, or for more information.

(I'm going to keep a little link to it in the sidebar so you can check up on it, if you like).

Betsy Thompson - Notpaper

Betsy Thompson

Betsy's work is so bright and colourful, it looks like it popped out of a children's book! It reminds me of the work of Eric Carle (an early influence of mine), and it's the kind of work that makes you smile immediately.

Betsy Thompson, urchinmama
www.flickr.com/photos/urchinmama/, betsythompsonstudio.etsy.com
Portland, Maine

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Colorful, organic, nature, story-telling, ocean, family, home, quirky, droll, expressionistic.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I like to work with a wide range of paper--everything from origami paper, handmade and other art paper, vintage textbooks, language dictionaries, and atlases--to recycled brown shopping bags. New ideas for collages are often inspired by the old books that I find at yard sales and thrift shops.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started creating mixed media collages about 18 months ago. In the past, I have done a lot with printmaking, drawing and painting and though I love all of these mediums, I was still searching. As a mixed media artist, the act of creating new work sustains me. I have never felt as passionate about an art form as I do about creating collages.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I used to be a teacher and now do some educational consulting with a few individual families and some educational programs as well as homeschooling my own two children. Most of my "work" time is devoted to the studio and creating collages.

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

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I start with a birch plywood panel or canvas and begin by painting with acrylic paint, usually two layers of colour. From there, I cut and lay out papers working from a sketch or just an idea. I mess around with the paper for hours, days, or weeks. Everything is adhered to the canvas or panel with Mod Podge.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: My favorite piece is usually one I am currently working on, and I am often working on between 2-7 pieces at any one time. My favorite pieces are works that inspire me to try new techniques, and explore new themes.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: There are definitely too many to name but I'll try to list a few. In no particular order: Paul Klee, Alice & Martin Provensen, Charley Harper, Brian Wildsmith, Kveta Tacovska, Lisbeth Zwerger, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinksky, Eric Carle, Ed Emberley, Henri Matisse, Sara Midda, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, William Steig, and Alexander Calder. Another huge source of inspiration is Flickr where I have found countless artists who I admire.

Thanks Betsy!

Seen & Heard: Week One! - Notpaper

Seen & Heard: Week One!

When I go through my RSS reader (Google if we're picking favourites), I often scan through until I see something that grabs me. It's mostly art or design, or something that screams "collage!" even though it's not collage. This method helps me get through the 500 posts a day that show up there... Yes, I have a very close relationship with my laptop, and that's how I know what I do!

So the new idea, if I can keep up with it, is to have a weekly feature that shows off what I've seen around the internet that relates to this site. Not all of it is collage, just like not everything on this site is collage (pretty close to it, though). I choose images that inspire me to get out my scissors, and I know you'll like them too!

Why do I love fonts made out of paper so much? I guess because it gives them a much more human quality.

via i love typography

New blog from never always that features art from his sons during a summer vacation tradition of "Dad's Drawing Class." This year, they made some great collages!

via sons of never always

A pretty purple pattern from Oh Joy! that reminds me of the work from Ophelia Chong.

via Oh Joy!

Gorgeous textural collage work by Line Juhl Hansen for sale on Etsy.

via decor8

I came across this pretty randomly, on the Book Design Review, but seeing as how collage pops up on book cover all the time, I'm not surprised. The writer for BDR is Joseph Sullivan, and he included a piece of his own work this week.

via The Book Design Review

New website design from awesome mixed media artist Dolan Geiman. Check it out here!

via decor8

Colourful collage by Ben Terrett.

via dear ada

If there is something called "thread collage" this is it. An embroidered visual diary by Takashi Iwasaki is on display in Toronto this month, and I am definitely going to go and see it up close!

via Toronto Craft Alert

And for a little more embroidery, here is the work of Tilleke Schwarz. It takes the collage artists that incorporate thread and fabric in their work to a whole new level.

via Design*Sponge / stitch spectacular

Thanks Internet! (haha)

Nubby Twiglet - Notpaper

Nubby Twiglet

What I love most about Nubby's work is that it is so clearly recognizable. She makes mainly black and white, intricate collage designs on a number of materials in different shapes and sizes. Her thumbnails (below) look so interesting lined up here. All of her work has the same feel, and it feels good!

Nubby
http://www.nubbytwiglet.com
Portland, Oregon

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Modern, typography, fashionable, edgy, intricate, calculated, black & white.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I work with elements from magazines (mainly typography and pieces of fashion images) and mix these with my own designs and print-outs.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I have been creating collages for about ten years now. It seemed natural because I wasn't interested in painting or drawing but working with my hands was still appealing.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: My main profession is graphic design and PR / marketing. I also blog almost every day on my site. Somehow, there's still time left over for collage-based art!

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I took every art class that was offered in high school at least twice and then did some entry-level art classes in college. I did earn a degree in graphic design and that really helped me sharpen and define my style.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I almost always collage directly onto wood surfaces and then pour resin over the finished pieces to give them a more refined, professional feel. I like the combination of rough edges and layers of paper contrasted with major gloss.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: All of my newer work from the Black & White Graphic Insight series is more detailed and requires a lot more time to complete. I think there's a visible progression from my cleaner works a few years back to what I'm currently producing. My style now is all about hard, imperfect glamour.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I love artists that have really strong aesthetics and dedicate themselves fully to their visions. Some favorites include Stina Persson, Antigirl, Claudia Drake, Neuarmy and Scott Hansen.

Thanks Nubby!

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