December 2008 Archives

Brigitte Sire - Notpaper

Brigitte Sire

Photographers seem to have the best sense of arrangment (no wonder why), and the best photo collages are always sprouting up in the most unlikely of places. These little collage photo arrangements by Brigitte Sire are so nice.

via Creature Comforts

Hugo Werner - Notpaper

Hugo Werner

Hugo's work is stunningly sophisticated. I love the strong use of type in his collages, they really show his knowledge of this area. It has a vintage as well as new quality, the way he uses black, bright whites, and creamy beige. The theme of his collages makes sense, as he also teaches typography.

Hugo Werner,

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: You can call it a complete fabrication of memories.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I usually work from cutouts of old magazines, from the 60s-70s, or from ink-jet printed photos (analogue and digital) I take. I also work with laser prints and copies from catalogues, paper ephemera and printed matter I may find at random.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I begin doing collages back in 1999... I'm not sure about what made me start using it. I was looking for different techniques to apply to some personal projects. It wasn't a path that I was consciously aware of or looking for. I just progressively started to use it more and more, but there is definitely the influence of starting to work with sketchbooks and ideation books.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm a graphic designer by training, working with typography and motion design. But I also teach part-time, the same disciplines, at a local university.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I'm an Art Center College of Design grad (Pasadena, CA).

Q: Explain your favorite techniques.
A: I start from random cutouts, based on different themes or just by form association. These initial connections can turn into a background or foreground that I like to develop later. I usually don't try to "solve" a collage at once. Some work can spend several days or even weeks, in a very slow and incremental way... Other images are finished in a matter of a few hours. I use typography, solvent transfers, stencils, lettering, tapes here and there, but it's mainly just paper and glue.

Q: Describe your favorite piece ever created.
A: I honestly don't have a 'favorite ever'... But to some works I could use: "Nothing sorts out memories from ordinary moments. Only later they do claim remembrance when they show their scars", from Chris Marker's - La Jetteé.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: It's hard to name just a few... But I have to mention the work of designers and artists like Ed Fella, Martin Venezky, Charles Wilkin, Wolfgang Weingart, Tschihold, Max Ernst, Raul Hausmann, Kurt Schwitters, Moholy-Nagy, Marcel Duchamp, Hannah Höch, Heartfield, Peter Beard, Romare Bearden and Basquiat.

Thanks Hugo!

Dilar Pereira - Notpaper

Dilar Pereira

I've talked about Dilar's collage before, when I was talking about collage-a-day blogs (she does the daily collage project). I think it's really interesting that she makes so many collages on such a regular basis, and I see that she's been partcipating in the 6 x 6 group as well. This means there is rarely consistency of the types of materials in her work, and this is a good thing--it shows her versatility!

Dilar Pereira
Lisboa, Portugal

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: A practice of plastic improvisation.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Concerning collages I use all kind of stuff, collectable materials, mix-up of ephemeral found papers (tickets, postcards, magazines, papers of all kinds, fabric, stamps, flat found objects, etc.)

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Despite I always have been using the application of multiple kinds of materials in my work, all the process went through the application of mixed media techniques, appealing to collage, oil or acrylic and to dry mediums (as pens, colored pencil, waxes, pastel, and another ones). The use of collage as pure technique dates back to September 2006, with the creation of the Daily Collage Project.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I do work in another profession, I'm teaching in the field of visual arts.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I started to be autodidact when I was 15 years old. A few years later I got a formal education in arts. First in Visual and Technological Education (Lisbon's Master School of Education) and Drawing (National Society of Fine Arts). Later I got a MD in Art Theory, and nowadays I'm doing another MD in Drawing, both at Fine Arts Department of Lisbon's University.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Collage and several techniques on drawing.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: That's a good question, I never thought about it... I think my favorite piece really is the Daily Collage Project. Why? Because it's a project thought as whole one, a conceptual idea in progress whose goal is create a new small size collage every day and post it on the internet through blog format. The relation word-image, the enclosure of commercial and typographic elements, the scale and the juxtaposition of different textures and shapes, it's what I'm going after with it.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Picasso above all, also Joseph Cornell, Kurt Schwiters, David Hockney. Leonardo da Vinci, a classic. Some portuguese artists too, as Júlio Pomar (1926-), Rogério Ribeiro (1930-2008), Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (1887-1918), Jorge Vieira (1922-1998) or Paula Rego (1935-).

Thanks Dilar!

Marcelo Stefanovicz - Notpaper

Marcelo Stefanovicz

I talked about Marcelo's work last week, when I found his awesome fashion collages on Flickr. Here is an interview with him, so that we can all learn more about his work. I've included some of his non-fashion collages as well, even though I love those the most!

Marcelo Stefanovicz
São Paulo, Brasil

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: It's a mixture of "techniques" and feeling, using paint, a cutting knife and a shaking hand.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Photographs, vintage papers and magazines, newspapers, books, photocopies, oil and acrylic paint, pastel, water colour, indian ink among other objects (about anything).

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: About ten years ago I was experimenting with photography and seeing the pictures I made I felt an urge to take the "objects" in it and regroup them, making it closer to how I felt the image should look. But if I remember right I was doing collages and drawings since I was a little child... My schoolbooks were full of it... and I could never find an empty page or a page that was not all glued when I needed it.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work as a photographer, visual and space design, videomaker, illustrator, etc.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Kind of, I studied cinema.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I love to fragment things by cutting a picture, a painting, breaking a piece of furniture, etc, etc, and rebuilt it in my own way.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I would love to find my old schoolbooks.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Well... So many... but John Baldessari, John Beech, Edward Albee, Eduardo Recife, Doris Salcedo, Louise Bougeois, Maurizio Cattelan, David Hockney... are the ones I could remember.

Thanks Marcelo!

My Etsy Shop - Notpaper

My Etsy Shop

Just a little update on myself, in case anyone was interested!
I'm just opened my Etsy shop, and I'm selling some of my work there—no originals yet, mostly zines and notebooks with my work in/on them. They would make great stocking stuffers ; )
Does anyone have any ideas on how to price original collage work?
I will probably be looking around for other good collage shops, so if you have one or know of a good one, let me know.

PS. My first 5 cutomers will get a little gift!

Anthony Zinonos - Notpaper

Anthony Zinonos

What really stands out as different in Anthony's collages, is the vast white expanse he uses to his advantage in his collages. I love how he creates scenes and landscapes with minimal materials, very little foreground, and absolutely no background. Not only this, but his collages have a very vintage feel.

Anthony Zinonos
Norwich, UK

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: The produce of an obsesive magazine hoarder.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Magazines! I love magazines my house is full of them, mostly late 60's and 70's stuff the style and colours are the best from that era. I enjoy the process of finding and collecting the magazines, all those car boot sales and charity shops that I've been to scratching around other peoples junk. I also have a good collection of stationery, stickers, tape and different paper old and new which i use with the magazine stuff.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: About 9 years ago i started cutting up magazine and reconstructing the things in my head, collage is a really quick, cheap and easy way of creating images. I enjoy the fact that you take something out of its original content and can give it a new meaning.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I co-own the Norwich based clothing company called "dirt box" and bake cake 3 days a week for a local delicatessen.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I studied photography for a year in Athens, Greece, then got a Fine Art Degree from the Norwich School of Art and Design where i specialised in printmaking and photomedia.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I work best at nights, i'll start by flicking through some magazines until something catches my eye, then it spirals into a mess of cutting, sticking, music and coffee drinking. it has to be all hands on I struggle to do stuff digitally there seens to be too many options, you can't beat a good pair of scissors and a UHU stick.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Don't think I have a favorite piece, thats kind of what keeps me going, striving to create the perfect image.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Sergei Sviatchenko, John Stezaker and Thomas Schostok to name just a few.

Thanks Anthony!

Seen & Heard: Week 5 - Notpaper

Seen & Heard: Week 5

From week 4 to week 5, I know I skipped quite a few weeks in between. Here is what I've seen and heard during that time.

New Lisa Congdon exhibition.
via my love for you is a stampede of horses.

Vintage unfolded boxes are quite nice.
via poppytalk.

Collage artists Nazario Graziano and Eduardo Recife at Design for Mankind.
via Design for Mankind.

Some "pretty in pink" collage.
via decor8.

Something useful to do with scraps?
via Creature Comforts.

I love this book cover.
via David Drummond.

Such an array of techniques (including collage)!
via Book By Its Cover.

I could make a collage out of this stationery kit...
via Daily Poetics.

The lined paper curves in Jason Rosenberg's work remind me of Christopher Bettig's collages.
via dear ada.

Pretty little bits of tossed paper.
via A Good Idea on Paper.

A nice soft combination of drawing and collaging.
via Treasuring (Jessica Gonacha).

Sundry Sullen - Notpaper

Sundry Sullen

Sundry's work is so beautiful, he uses all of his materials to his advantage. I love collages on different surfaces, especially wood. Sundry uses wood, and glass, and windows even! I think you should take the time to read this fairly long but excellent interview with Sundry Sullen, who is also--in fact--excellent with words.

Sundry Sullen
(Born in Fallbrook, CA, USA / Currently living in) Seattle, WA, USA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: A constant dialogue and discovery of truth and love.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I enjoy anything with age, from old computer parts, to vintage magazines and news papers, to old cabinets and vintage house hold objects. Anything that shows the quality of having lived in the world for a long period of time. The progression of decay and discoloration that happens is fascinating and beautiful. The human touch is where it all resides for me. I also love the smell.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been creating with physical elements for about 2 years now, and on the computer for about 4 years. I think I did things a little backwards. I started using the computer as a tool to express myself, after I had learned Photoshop and Illustrator. But I was never totally satisfied with the quality of the computer, and I felt the need to get away from it, physically and mentally. So, one night, I sat down in my garage with a stack of old magazines, scissors, glue and some wood. It changed my life and opened a whole new world for me to explore. I still use the computer for other reasons, but I have found that touching the objects I'm working with brings me closer to life. I prefer the aspect of getting dirty, sifting through garbage to make beauty and find understanding, and get out what's built up inside.

I like to think of the process as having the same nature as an orgasm. Not that the effect is totally blissful, though it can be at times, but more in the sense that it's something inside that needs to come out. And when it does, it feels so much better. The amazing part is that the result is never what I precisely intended, nor anticipated, and only partially what I imagined. It's always different, which is something I've been learning to embrace. It's like there is this intimate and open dialogue I've found with my work. It's become a loop; speaking with this intangible force, and sure enough it speaks back. It's infinite in nature. I keep wondering what would happen to me if I just stopped for a while. Would it try to force its way out in some other form? But then again this questioning can be so endless, and the answers always seem to lie within the process, and the journey.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work as a Graphic Designer to make my income. Making money has become this big struggle. It's not that I can't make enough money doing Graphic Design. But what about this thing called art? It doesn't have much of a place in our westernized capitalist culture, unless someone with a lot of money wants to buy it for their nice house. Praise the art star!

I see this disconnect happening, where art has become a luxury, and I suppose it is to a certain extent, when you compare it to the need for food and shelter. But I think the idea of it being a luxury largely comes from the fact that the collective value for the process is being lost. Lost in a mix of endless piles of material objects that are consumed and thrown to waste at an ever accelerated rate. Discard and replace is what we do. Over and over. Where are we going so fast? Why do we feel the need to continually have these objects that are so short lived? We are consumed by consuming, buying empty objects in the search for completeness. The sad truth is that even though we are all working so hard every day to chase the latest object of desire, it never really completes us. But it can't go on like this forever. The world's resources are finite, and we are running around like they're infinite. So it goes. So I go, pick up a few pieces of that old stuff no one wants any more, to find new value in them. And seriously, they don't make anything like they used to. We are however at a point where this style of living is reaching a sort of climax, and this fact alone is opening up more and more of us to a waking up, and a kind of collective shifting seems to be happening. I can feel it in the air. I can hear it our words. I am not alone. I know there are artists out there who find truth and value in their process, and are not getting lost in the art world frenzy. Hopefully those artists will spread and be seen.

One thing I've done to move toward what I believe in, is co-found the WAFA Collective, with my good friend Vincent Pacheco. Our hope is to bring together a community of artists, to inspire one another. To have the sense of family and community restored, where we can belong and continue to give value to what we believe in. To have an open dialogue about everything we experience, and the free exchange of ideas, knowledge and tools. And within all of that, to pay for itself to stay alive, and keep us alive.

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

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Working with my hands and with words.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I don't have a single piece I love the most. I think I'm happiest when I know the piece was created out of pure love, and I was openly aware of that experience in the moment of creation.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: There are many different reasons for each of these great individuals/groups and why I admire their unique quality and touch.

Tim Hawkinson, Andy Goldsworthy, Egon Schiele, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Jack Kerouac, the Dadaists, Tauba Auerbach, Boogie, Mike Brodi, Chris Jordan, Eduardo Recife, Blu, Matt Leines, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Mogwai, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, The Beautiful Losers: Mike Mills, Margaret Killgallen, Geoff McFetridge, Harmony Korine, and Ed Templeton. My friends, Brandon Wilson, Myron Campbell, and one of my biggest influences, Vincent Pacheco. To name a few.

Thanks Sundry!

Fashion Collages - Notpaper

Fashion Collages

The work of Marcelo Stefanovicz is fantastic, I just found his work on Flickr, and I am so amazed by its brilliance. It looks like he makes collages out of the photographs taken of models and cuts out pieces or backgrounds (while keeping the models in tact). These fashion editorials prove how versatile collage is, he is able to give attention to the models by breaking up backgrounds and objects. I just think it's so smart. Check out this Flickr set.

Happy December! - Notpaper

Happy December!

December means a lot of things to me—it means the holidays, my birthday (the 14th), and more importantly, that school is over soon! And that I will get to post some more to my favourite blog (this one). I hope everyone has a wonderful month! I'm thinking of making paper snowflakes right now... too kindergarten?

Also, the deadline for book submissions is December 31st, so if you want to be included, please send me an email! Don't forget! There has been an excellent turnout so far, and I am very excited about this.

(Image via Flickr).

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