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Sasaki San - Notpaper

Sasaki San

I really enjoy the collages of sasaki-san. I'm really influenced by Japanese everything lately (I don't know if you've noticed)! I would somehow love to find this book and see more of these simplistic and beautiful collages. Let me know if you can get your hands on one...




Found via ii-ne-kore.

Rodrigo de Filippis - Notpaper

Rodrigo de Filippis

I usually don't post about digital collage work unless I think it's really fantastic. So in this case, yeah, it's pretty fantastic, because Rodrigo's work is mainly digital. I like the greater amount of detail that can be accomplished by using a computer, even though my preference is still handmade. I love the way Rodrigo combines his collage and graphic design work in a very harmonious way, which digital collage artists can do so well.

Name (Real or Screename): Rodrigo De Filippis, "RodrigBoy"

URL (Blog, Website): flickr.com/photos/rodrigboy, www.bxaxdxg.com.ar

Location (Where are you from?): Argentina


Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.

A: Reconstruction, impulsive, complex, visual, retailer, recycled.


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

A: I usually work from cutouts of old books and magazines (Argentine Magazines or international), from the 60s-70s-80s (digital/scan), or from photos and advertising (analogue and digital).


Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

A: Not much time, about 4 years, but I've always been working in graphic design.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

A: Now I'm studying graphic design in UBA (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

Q: Do you have any formal art training?

A: No. Only University.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.

A: Handmade and digital collage. I like combining old and new things. My tools: my hands, scissors, glue, scanner, photoshop and my best tool, brain.




Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.

A: Difficult. It's impossible for me to select any single piece. My favorite piece is the white canvas, and that is where the magic begins.


Q: What other artists do you admire?

A: Some of the argentine artists I appreciate most are:
EXO, ForbetterDays, & 
Ezequiel.

Thanks Rodrigo!

Tilman Dominka - Notpaper

Tilman Dominka

I love that Tilman uses every resource at his advantage to create collages. Found paper, tape, drawings and photographs. I particularly like the pieces that layer tape and paper in a way that gives it a translucent quality. I look forward to seeing more!

Name (Real or Screename): Tilman Dominka
URL (Blog, Website): Website & Flickr
Location (Where are you from?): Wuerzburg, Germany

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Hand-made, that's the most important aspect of my work.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I like to work with all types of things, mostly with found objects out of magazines or newspapers and drawings I've done. Recently I started doing collages out of photographs that I took.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I have been making collages for about six years now and it started with collecting things in my traveling journal/sketchbook.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. Doing collages is more of a personal thing, but recently I got one or two jobs including some collage art, too.


Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I studied graphic design and have a diploma in it and I have an apprenticeship in photography as well.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: As my favourite techniques I would describe putting things together on paper, fixing them with scotch tape and scanning them afterwards. I don't use a computer for doing collages. They are all "real" before they get digitized.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: My favourite piece is a sort of body part, created by pieces that were combined with hand-drawn lines and some typography. It is all black and white (you can see the piece on my flickr).

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I have a lot of heroes. I love the work of Canadian artist Marcel Dzama, and of course John Heartfield. The work of Neasden Controll Centre from the uk and I like a lot of photographers like Robert Frank, Stephen Shore etc...

Thanks Tilman!

Matthew Partridge - Notpaper

Matthew Partridge

Matthew's collages have a wonderful retro quality to them, I love the faded images of the materials he uses. Everything he creates has such an interesting shape, I have a feeling he never lets any scrap of paper go to waste!

Name (Real or Screename): Matthew Partridge
URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/mattyptown78
Location (Where are you from?): Buffalo > Pittsburgh > Norfolk > Boston > Parts Unknown

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Vintage Inspired Cut 'n Paste.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Old print material, sometimes found, but mostly accumulated during (one too many) visits to thrift stores, flea markets and trash heaps over the past decade. Recently, I've been trying to work with more contemporary reference material, but I'm usually drawn to the color and composition of older advertising. I've also attempted to incorporate things like colored pencil and watercolor into my work, but the results haven't been very fruitful. In a way, I like limiting my options to just paper and a simple glue stick. Often, just a single magazine page (chosen at random), to see what I can come up with... and then working from the leftover scraps as well.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: It's always been a technique I've enjoyed experimenting with (as early as grade school). Never made any consistent strides with it until about 7 or 8 years ago, when I was trying to establish a "branding" for a branch of the non-profit organization I work for. Those pieces were much darker in tone than my recent work. Those pieces (seen on the flickr site) came about, when 2 of my sisters decided to come visit me in Boston. Neither of them had crossed the threshold into digital media (mp3s) at that point, and I wanted to make them a few cd-r compilations to listen to on their drive in. Had a few old folders worth of reference material, and figured I'd try a collage approach for the packaging.

The scraps from those projects led to a few independent collages. One thing led to another... I put a few of them on flickr (which seemed to get a nice response) and I've been making new ones since (albeit very sporadically). Was distracted by all the nice weather this summer, so I haven't posted anything new in awhile, but now that the snow is falling again, I should have some new stuff to share soon.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: This coming December, I'll have been a graphic designer for peta (the animal rights folks) for ten years.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I studied graphic design for 2+ years, at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the late 90's. Those schools tend to get a bad wrap, but I enjoyed (and benefitted from) my experience there.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Rip/Cut/Sort/Arrange/Rearrange/Paste/Scan/Repeat.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I thought the series of pieces I did with elements from a 1976 olympic retrospective worked well, specifically the one titled "inter-office fencing". Nice muted colors, and not as cluttered as some others. Plus, you can never argue with woodgrain.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: My contemporary influences are mainly friends. Andy "Hucklebuck" Hayes, Dave Mizelle, PJ Chmiel, David Klug (Colossus), Rod Hunting (Post Family), and Brandon Peck (Loose Limbs). Or anyone who sees more in my work than "those look like states!". As for other collage-ists who also share their work on flickr, I'm a big admirer of... watersounds, luisdrayton, alejandro.chavetta, jennyleefowler, kressentpottenger, no117, hahahazen, littleblackbooks, huanita, cahilmuraghu, brandonmclean, seanballdesign, brandi strickland, slugma, veronicajenn, a547555, woefoep, and countless others.

Thanks Matthew!

For All is Vanity - Notpaper

For All is Vanity

November 24, 2009 – December 18, 2009

The pursuit of truth, absurdity of morality and irony of inhibition is the content of {ths} new show ‘For All is Vanity’ and follows his ‘Trash urban warfare porn dirt style pop’ style. His new canvases are the continuation of his 'Gluebooks', a selection of sketchbooks containing collage and filled with handwriting, rawness, dirt & pornographic images. His new work feels like a gigantic resized version of his Gluebooks from paper to canvas. An enlargement both in size and insanity. Hail to the King, Baby.

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Read our interview with Thomas Schostok {ths} here.

Valerie Roybal - Notpaper

Valerie Roybal

The work of Valerie Roybal is stunning and so original, it's hard to compare her to any other artist. I love the simplicity of technique—paper strips and layering—and yet the pieces themselves look intricate and complicated. She seems to use great materials as well, like old letters and calligraphic papers, ledgers, etc. I would love to do a supply swap with her!

Name (Real or Screename): Valerie Roybal
URL (Blog, Website): www.valerieroybal.com and mydarlingdinosaur.etsy.com
Location (Where are you from?): Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Rhythmic, meditative, graphic, ephemeral, repurposed

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: My work is primarily composed of and/or inspired by vintage, salvaged, and collected materials. I enjoy the process of finding materials and the possibility of re-purposing them: reinventing use, intention, or aesthetic, and the transformation into something dissimilar or unexpected.

Much of my work frequently consists of layered surfaces: bits and pieces from discarded books and magazines, antique postcards, handwritten letters and recipes, obsolete reference material, thrift store textiles, my own prints and drawings, and mysterious random objects (I pick a lot of stuff up off of the ground). I also like to use India ink, paint, and colored pencil.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Since childhood, I think I probably have a touch of ADD (attention deficit disorder), and get bored easily. Any way I can challenge myself is good, and I find creating abstract collage challenging.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am also a graphic designer, editor, and part-time antiques/vintage/collectibles dealer.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Undergraduate training and many years of advanced and graduate education in printmaking and book arts.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I try to work with whatever is on my desk at any given time. I rarely go looking for a specific material or particular visual *thing*, I work intuitively. I sort through what’s immediately available, and work with that. I have such an abundance of old books and ephemera in my studio that it would be overwhelming if I started with any particular material in mind. I also have lots of containers, bins, and small boxes of sorted materials around that I rotate through when I get stuck or bored.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: That’s a hard one, I feel like my work keeps evolving and changing over time, and so have my thoughts and ideas about my work. Recently, a piece called well-being 1 from a series called a study in well-being is my favourite.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Richard Diebenkorn (particularly the New Mexico paintings), Rex Ray, Kiki Smith, Robert Rauschenberg, and lately I’ve been enamored with Camilla Engman and Olivia Jeffries, among others. I love that there is so much amazing art to be found and seen online, it’s so inspiring!

Thanks Valerie!

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