September 2010 Archives

Lionel Williams - Notpaper

Lionel Williams

Lionel's collages have a very magical quality to them--the vibrancy of the colours used, the carefully chosen images, and each other-wordly scenario contribute to this appeal. I love digital collages when they have an atmosphere, something fantastic that would be impossible to achieve on paper. His collages make me think of stills of sci-fi or fantasy movies, which is probably because his concepts are so well thought out before he ever starts a collage.

Lionel Williams (art and music under Vinyl Williams),

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Sacred magic religious mysticism ceremonial Middle-eastern collage art.

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

I like to work with images found on Islamic poetry/art sites, as well as American landscaping sites, when I can find extremely high resolution images of trees, bushes, vines etc in their database - most of which are not even seen on the site itself. I do sometimes feel like a pirate of media, but most consolidating images are seen by merely a handful of people.

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

I've only been doing surreal collage art since the beginning of this year. Before that, my entire line of art were poster prints for The Kollective booking agency. None of them were very psychedelic, or collage-art based. I started created what I currently create out of nowhere... one day I put colorful pieces together in Photoshop, and I used symmetry and extreme use of layering to stumble upon a magic accident. The best things in my life are as ironic as that.

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

I'm equally an artist as musician. I had a creative realization within the past month - I looked through my collage art catalog in chronological order, and it seemed to perfectly align with how my music has evolved. It seems obvious to have the two be parallel, but it was mind-blowing to realize that music has a direct visual representation, and this is that in its purest form. For example, the music released at the beginning of this year was very contrasted, obsessively layered, new and pristine. The art is parallel to that exact description.

Do you have any formal art training?

None whatsoever.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I like observing nature and forming a full collage concept before I even start designing, and then recording the scattered idea on a tape recorder, finally re-organizing the concept weeks later. I also like making images look far worse and damaged than in their most natural digital state. The process of damage is more revealing to me than starting with a polaroid or film slide.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I don't have a favourite art piece of mine. Maybe I'll form a better opinion of my work when I can reflect on it in a few years. As for my favourite piece of media created in my entire life, it must be the full length cryptic poetry book that I wrote a few years ago. I don't talk about it too much, and I have not released it or showed it to anybody. It's comfortable to know that I have a physical piece of my isolated solitude, simply a secret with myself.

What other artists do you admire?

Mati Klarwein, Allison Davies, Eva Schindling, Ricky Allman, Roger Kelly, Brandi Strickland, Tetradia.n

Thanks Lionel!

Fred One Litch - Notpaper

Fred One Litch

I'd like to introduce two artists you may know--Fred Free and Fred One Litch. After I called out for guest post suggestions, Fred Free said he would love to do an interview. And, well, I'll let him do the introducing.

From a recent email... "My name is Fred as well. I'm new to the online collage community..." (I've never been to a Collagists Anonymous meeting, but I imagine it sounds a bit like that.) He followed that by telling me that he was having problems meeting up with other collage artists so could I take a look at his work. I did. I loved it. He is Fred One Litch and this is his work: a mix of typed text, found frames, birds, religion and americana pieced together by chance and hard work.

Fred One Litch
La Verne, California

Describe what you do in 10 words or less.

A visual celebration of discarded materials.

How long have you been creating collages?

Collage art saved my life 2 years ago.

Why collage?

My creative outlet since roughly 2001 was acrylic painting. These paintings were very big in size. During these years I was also working in the field of construction. Around 2005 I developed carpal tunnel syndrome, had surgery, got married, started working a corp job, bought a home, and basically stopped producing art. After a few dark years of making absolutely no art my wife who is a teacher brought home a set of childcraft books. I started cutting up images from those books along with the sleeves of my record collection. My humble beginnings with collage were born out of necessity and chance.

Do you have any formal art training?

I've had no formal art training. I actually failed a semester of art in high school.

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

I am currently employed by a home developer doing construction management.

When do you find time to make your art?

Since I have a day job and a wonderful family I find it easier to work in the evenings. After putting in my 8 at work I usually hang with the family for while, eat dinner, bathe the kid, hang with my wife a bit, then I hit the studio. Weekdays I usually work in the evenings from about 8 or 9 till maybe 1 in the morning. On weekends it's fairly normal to work 'til the sun comes up. I am very grateful to my family - they continue to make sacrifices that allow me to stay productive.

What materials do you like to work with and where do you find them?

Most of the material I use is dated 1950-1985. Things made prior to 1950 tend to be a little too ornate or decorative. Things made after 1985 I find mundane or a little too commonplace. I think I'm fond of these years due to my age. I was born in 1978. I find myself in a continual process of accumulating material. I hit the yard sales, the flea market, the thrift stores, abandoned buildings, empty lots, behind stores, dumpsters, etc. The hunt for the material can be more exciting than making the art. Lately I've been very interested in post consumer materials. This has rekindled my love for dumpster diving. I can remember from a very young age climbing threw dumpsters and bringing stuff home. Most things I found I would hide under bed.

Explain your process if you can.

The process is always different. The nature of the material I'm working with usually dictates the application or process in which it is used. I can never be sure of what the process is going to be, that's the fun part, you just start and you never quite know what's next until you get there. I do believe in circumstances though. I try to set myself up with circumstances or an environment in which I feel comfortable. I've found that these circumstances work best - I must surround myself with a multitude of materials. The more stuff around the better. My studio must be very messy, scraps everywhere, most people who enter the studio find it hard to believe I can get anything done it's so messy. But it works. It lends itself to happy accidents, and the pulling of material at random. Music is a must. When I find some music that is inspiring or that I work well to, I usually listen to it over and over for weeks at a time. I also find it important to stay well hydrated during sessions. Lots of coffee and diet coke.

What inspires you? Who inspires you?

The thing that inspires me most is the material I'm using. Sometimes it just feels like this stuff is just telling me how to use it. Where to put it. What colors to use. That doesn't happen all the time, but when it does it's incredible. It's like you're invincible, you can do no wrong. I continue to be inspired by urban decay, all things old, graffiti, don delillo, silver jews, sara, moust, grayson, smog, DFW, the bible, family, fred free, analog photography, friends, jesus christ, randel plowman, skateboarding, matthew rose, melanie, flipside church, and avery who has yet to be born.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Thats a tough one fred. I feel like only God knows that. In the future I plan on working in digital collage. I would love to take more photos and take that much more seriously than I have. I plan on starting a DIY publishing house. Handmade books is where it's at. Me and a friend have kicked around the idea of starting a co op space. A place where I can sell art, he can sell pies and coffee, maybe get some other artists we know and just have a space where we can have fun. Involve enough people to where the space is cheap and we don't have to worry about becoming rich. Website coming soon as well. I feel like these are lofty ideas, but 10 years is a long time.

Obscured Faces - Notpaper

Obscured Faces

The Notpaper flickr group is so successful, I love seeing new entries every day. It's also easier to browse through images to find common themes. Lately, I've noticed (though this is nothing new) a lot of hidden faces, or collages with secret identities. A lot of us obscure the faces in our collages, this could be due to either a: privacy/respect, or b: a message of secrecy or a desire to hide. Any other ideas?

Keep submitting to the group! I definitely go through the images and I will post anything I find that fits the current theme or things that are interesting.

Title image: tardamucho, 1. Austin Kelly Fields, 2. Marcelo Granero, 3. cheryl + loh , 4. Tilman Dominka, 5. Lucy Nurnberg , 6. Tilman Dominka, 7. Anthony Zinonos, 8. tardamucho, 9. Vivienne Strauss, 10. Swapatorium2, 11. Richard Vergez, 12. Richard Vergez, 13. tardamucho .

Brown Paper Bag - Notpaper

Brown Paper Bag

I suggest you take a peek at another paper art blog (not just collage) called Brown Paper Bag. There are some great collage artists featured and inspiration everywhere!

Above piece from the blog, collage by Daniel Lachenmeier.

Sparkleface - Notpaper


These collages by sparkleface are deep, darkly glimmering mixed media paper paintings. Here is another artist that really "gets" texture. Her method of collage and layering with other mediums gives her work a weathered and worn appeal, a style that seems impossible to replicate. I picked a few recent pieces to show, but you should take a look at her flickr, there is a huge body of work to be seen.

website, flickr, etsy
I live in northern California. I love California, even just the idea of it.

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Transforming little bits of paper and paint into sparkly goodness.

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

I like any little scrap of paper I can get my hands on, especially the little bits that end up on the studio floor.

In my collages, I use old pages from books, stickers, joss paper, found paper from vintage advertising, doodles and drawing from my own sketchbooks, magazine pages, handmade paper, rub-on dry transfer type, vintage photographs, water soluble oil pastels, handwriting, acrylic paint, ink, rubber stamps, packing tape, beeswax, glitter glue, color pencil, gel pens, sharpie pens, and LOTS of Golden acrylic medium - the Fluid of the Gods. I should really buy stock in that company.

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

I first discovered collage in a Colour & Design class in my first year of college. The professor wanted us to keep a sketchbook/pastebook for the class.

I collaged one page and was instantly addicted, then began obsessively hoarding paper to make more with. I have kept books filled with collaged pages ever since. If the great flood should occur again, I will build a raft out of paper and float away.

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

I have a dullish but unstressful day job in an office. I like to keep my energy pure for creative projects in my own time.

Do you have any formal art training?

I went to an art school for a little while to study painting and sculpture.

Unfortunately, the experience left me mostly disappointed. I think I had a Utopian view of how it was going to be, but the reality was kind of ruthless and depressing. I ended up moving on to a state university art department where there was a lot more support and comradery between students, and, um...less rampant drug use amongst students! I had a great mentor there and he really helped me find my creative voice. Teachers make all the difference!

Most of what I learned about artistic process was from my Mother. She was a great artist and worked as an illustrator for a department store when I was growing up so I always studied her drawing and painting techniques.

Explain your favourite techniques.

One thing I love to do is to transfer paint onto a collage using a piece of plastic or a roller.

I like to make surfaces that look organic, like peeling paint on old walls. I find beauty in the natural deterioration you see in urban environments. Layers of flaking paint and dirt, with graffiti on top...that really inspires me. Each layer has a story embedded in it. My family is from New Orleans. You can really feel the history of surfaces there.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

My favorite piece is this painting/collage on canvas.

It was the first time I picked up little leftovers from my studio table and started assembling them on a canvas with a process similar to the one I use now for most of my work. I had a Xerox copy of insects next to a piece of painted paper in my collage bin and the toner from the copy adhered to the painted page so when I pulled them apart there were silhouettes of insects in paint. It was so magical, I built the whole piece around it.

I've never been able to recreate that effect. I love when accidents like that happen while you are working. You have to let go of the idea of control to make room for that.

What other artists do you admire?

Oh boy... so so many! Joseph Cornell, Roberto Matta, Barry McGee, Barron Storey, Dave McKean, Dorothea Tanning, Kay Sage, Terry Winters, Gustav Klimpt, Bernini, Glenn Barr, Squeak Carnwath, Annette Messenger, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Joe Sorren, Heinrich Drescher, Botticelli, Fernand Khnopff, Remedios Varo, Jan Toorop, Mel Odom, Egon Schiele, John Singer Sargent, Dan Eldon, Käthe infinity and beyond...

Thanks !

Lizzy Janssen - Notpaper

Lizzy Janssen

It's probably no surprise that I love the work of Lizzy Janssen--all the feminine details, vintage book images, animals and flowers. She takes a certain pride in letting things happen as they happen, letting her collages flow together in a free-form kind of way. And truly, as she says, these messy little details give her work personality, and this certainly let's her uniqueness shine through!

Lizzy Janssen,

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Miss Havisham's house from my favourite book, Great Expectations.

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

I like to find old educational science or nature books from the 60's. The hunt is fun... Looking through thrift shops and garage sales. I love the print quality from vintage books and magazines, you see a bit of color separation... the paper and colors feel really odd and special. I feel they tell a story on their own, clipping together little images from old books found in dusty attics. I paint with Holbein Acryla gouache, They have the best colors and they are really fun to pick out!

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

I always felt frustrated not being able to draw a perfect flower, or perfect object, and collage opened up my work for me. My brother in law, Christopher Butler really inspired me to start. Being a graphic designer, collage comes more naturally in creating compositions. Collaging is also very close to my heart, as I feel it brings together my love of anything vintage or antique... Hunting and searching for the perfect book, the perfect image.

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

I work as a graphic designer for a clothing company, so luckily, I do get to spend most of my day being creative.

Do you have any formal art training?

I have my BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I like getting messy, letting mistakes happen, although sometimes I get embarrassed to look back and see the mess I've made, or the secret cat hair which made it into the drawing! But overall I like to remember that I don't have to be the best at drawing a house, I just have to draw the house as my hand can create it. The more you try not to be perfect, the more the personality of the piece shines through.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Hmm... I think my favorite is "wonder moon." it happened just by accident, putting too much ink on a page. I like playing with hand lettering, I just like the way it feels. Plus a good friend has it hanging in her house.

What other artists do you admire?

I love colourful messy artwork, and that which shows personality and a little humour. Cy Twombly is probably my number one! Some current artists I admire... Maxwell Loren Holyoke Hirsch, Kime Buzzelli, Betsey Walton, Margaret Killigan, Martha Rich, Esther Pearl Watson.

Thanks Lizzy!

Plants & Animals - Notpaper

Plants & Animals

Maybe it's because I am myself a cat lover, but these cat + houseplant collages make me smile so much. Stephen Eichhorn combines intricate plant papercutting a la Alexis Mackenzie and quirky cat portraits to make delightfully entertaining pieces--and did I mention it looks like he does them by the hundreds?

See all of them at his tumblr, Plants & Animals.

via Clever Nettle.

Laura Redburn - Notpaper

Laura Redburn

Today's collages are by Laura, someone who is not afraid of using a kaleidoscopic range of colour and many different shapes and pieces. I particularly like the main image which has a mysterious tinge to it, and better yet she incorporates her screen printing experiments in the background. Her other collage work is a range of styles and approaches, but I hope she makes more like this one, because it is so well put together!

Laura Redburn / Cardboardcities
Milford Haven, Wales. UK

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Colourful mixed media with a slight surreal feel.

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

I love to use as many things as I can find but I particularly love to use National Geographics, fashion magazines, things cut out from books. I love painting over things. I'd love to start using fabric in some way too. I'm getting into screenprinting more so I can see that making more appearances.

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

Only a few months in a serious way. I've done some on and off over the years, but it's only recently I've been getting way more into it. I don't know if anything in particular made me start, but from spending quite a lot of time on the internet looking at art, I came across a lot of collage art and felt inspired to create some myself! I always love learning new skills, ways to create and felt collage was a great way to expreess myself differently.

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

I work in a school as a 'display co-ordinator' which... I wouldn't say it allows me to be that creative, but sometimes I get to make banners or do a bit of painting! But yeah, art is my passion in life!

Do you have any formal art training?

I did a ND Graphic Design course in college, and I'm soon to start a BA in illustration in September. I feel like it'll be a good learning experience and a great chance to collaborate with people in uni and in the area (Cardiff). I have taught myself a lot of stuff though as I feel it's so important to trust your instincts in what you're creating.

Explain your favourite techniques.

Most of the time I have no set idea of what I want to do, so I'll just look through magazines or images I have until I come across something that catches my eye. Then I just build on that theme until it feels finished to me. Because I've not been doing collage that long I've not really built up many techniques yet. That'll soon change!

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Either E just because I like how simple it is, and it's kind of colourful without being over the top. Or Hide and seek because I feel like it's got a 'look' to it that feels more whole than other things I've done.

What other artists do you admire?

Robert Rauchenberg, Brandi Strickland, Charley Harper, Brian Wildsmith, Betsy Walton, Caitlin Shearer, Saddo... I could go on and on. I admire anyone that is committed to their art and lives and breathes it.

Thanks Laura!

Emma Clayton - Notpaper

Emma Clayton

Emma's work is definitely influenced by the ephemeral treasures she finds at flea markets, which I'm sure most of us are not strangers to. Her work is quite varied and she is communicating messages in each piece, which seem to be molded by the vintage pieces she uses (as well as the inspirations she follows)!

Emma Clayton,
I'm from London, and I live in Brighton.

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Precise, communicative, layered, humourous, dark, vintage.

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

I occasionally have ebay sprees where I pick up different kinds of vintage magazine, nothing later than 1970s. Women's magazines have some hysterical adverts in them, like one that often appears in 50s issues of 'Woman' for a deodorant called Odor-O-No. :P Now and then I find ephemera in flea markets, like these amazing music scores.

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

I've actually only been making collages since the third year of my degree about 3 years ago (I was a mature student). My self directed study was about the decay of memory, and one avenue of exploration was confabulation. This is a memory disorder in which a person fabricates imaginary and sometimes fantastical experiences to fill the gaps in their memory. They have no idea they are being untruthful and it is sometimes known as 'honest lying'. In my experiment at confabulating, 250 adjectives, 125 verbs, 125 nouns and 125 adverbs were generated and placed in individual bowls. Words were then selected at random and brand new sentences, and by consequence, mental imagery, were created. The Confabulation Series is a set of six 420mm square posters which explores these fantastical phrases in the most appropriate medium for them - typographical collage.

I found it to be a successful and enjoyable medium so I have carried on with it ever since.

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

I am a graphic designer. I work full time as the sole in house designer for an architectural practice. I try to keep creative and stimulated in my private life, but it's hard sometimes.

Do you have any formal art training?

Yes, a foundation in design (from the Kent Institute of Art and Design) and a BA (Hons) in graphic design (from the University of West England in Bristol).

Explain your favourite techniques.

Sometimes I make poetry from cut up words found in old books. I also like to pick a sentence at random from a book and respond to it visually. I like to collect beautiful things - I'm getting quite a good photographic collection of manicules now. I have a black velvet covered notebook in which I write down sentences and words that I love. A while back I created a collage that was in response to the topic of a randomly generated Wikipedia entry. I take a lot of photographs and try to always have a camera and a notebook with me. Oh and I recently learnt how to make an origami crane so I've been making those for everybody.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Tricky question. I don't think I have a favourite. I like different pieces of work for different reasons. I get particular satisfaction from work that can be interpreted in multiple ways.

What other artists do you admire?

Collage artists - Graham Rawle (he has a novel written entirely from vintage collaged text, 'Woman's World' and it is a complete work of genius), Martin O'Neill. Book cover designers - Jon Gray, John Gall. I'm currently in awe of Hannah Bertram, who creates ornate patterns out of dust. I also love most kinds of paper art, like Su Blackwell's books or Sam Winston's intricate letter arranging. And Ed Fella's polaroids of American typography. And Masao Yamamoto's delicate photo collages. And artists' books. I find lots of things beautiful and I'm simultaneously envious and humble about other people's talent.

Thanks Emma!

Of Woe & Magic - Notpaper

Of Woe & Magic

New work by Christopher Bettig
Oct 1st - Nov 1st, 2010
(Opening Oct 1st, 6:30 - 8:30pm)
at Hello by Candystore Collective
2226 Bush St, San Francisco CA

via The Mountain Label.

Jennifer Tatroe - Notpaper

Jennifer Tatroe

Jennifer's work looks well-worn, but it seems like she planned it that way. A lot of people ask about preserving collages, but for some it is a pleasure to see things age over time, just like the materials we collect to put in them. I've been posting about texturing and layers this week, and I think these collages are another unique example of endless textural possibilities!

Jennifer Tatroe

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Vintage torn paper collage with an urban literary edge.

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

I like paper that has been loved and abused--books with torn pages, datebooks with worn edges and appointments written in, train tickets with figures scrawled in the margins. As far as design goes, I love the look of documents from the turn of the century up through the mid-1940s. My heart beats a little faster at the sight of a World War II ration book or a 1940s pulp paperback. Because of this, I fully expect my work to decay over time (though hopefully not too quickly!). No one was thinking acid-free when they printed Og, Boy of Battle.

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

I've been collaging since 2001, when I found a batch of Western Union telegraph blanks on eBay and decided to turn them into invitations for our annual New Year's party. I didn't have any of the die-cuts or templates that cardmakers use, so I started tearing.

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

I'm a stay-at-home mom to a nine-year-old boy and a published fiction writer. I feel very lucky that I'm able to volunteer several times a month teaching art at my son's school. There's something really amazing about hearing a first grader talk about the light in a Pissarro painting or the emotions evoked by Horace Pippin.

Do you have any formal art training?

My training is actually in creative writing. This is why so many of my collages are accompanied by flash fiction stories or based on famous works of literature.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I don't know what I'd do without my tube of burnt umber oil paint. I use it for everything from bringing out the edges of a torn sheet to aging newer papers to muddy-ing up backgrounds that are too bright for my tastes. I do a lot of muddy-ing up images in general. When the paint is too much (or too little), I use thin sheets of mulberry paper or cheesecloth to tone down image layers. It's almost painful, sometimes, to cover up part of a piece of ephemera I love, but I think there's power and mystery in what can't be seen. Maybe more than in what can.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I have one of the first collages I made hanging on my wall. It's a little thing--the size of a letter folded in thirds--but it includes souvenirs of a trip my husband and I took to London in 1998. There's a bit of Underground ticket that says, "Purchasing tickets from a ticket tout could result in the buyer being prosecuted." I just love that. I think it's the word "tout" that does it for me.

What other artists do you admire?

I love Nick Bantock and feel honored to have one of his original mail art collages hanging in my workspace. I'm also a huge fan of Edward Hopper. His color palette has always appealed to me and I love that there's an unspoken story in every single one of his paintings. I grew up in central Illinois and spent many field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago standing in front of Nighthawks and thinking about the people inside that diner.

Thanks Jenn!

Glenn Moust - Notpaper

Glenn Moust

Another textural collagist is Glenn Moust, or should I say "text"ural collagist? Not funny? Okay. His collages are messy and full of life, I love the way he uses text and images and transparency to send the message across. What else can I say? It's interesting that he works as a gardener, here's someone who is not afraid to get his hands dirty (which you can clearly see)!

Glenn Moust
Vemb (Denmark)

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

I really hate habitual thinking!

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

Old fabrics, stamps, found objects, national geographic magazines, old danish porn mags, stuffed animals, pieces from cardboard boxes, little notes and qoutes... anything that has a old age look or something I can see a possibility in...

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

It all started on a long trip to Greece. My initial purpose with the trip was to relax and do absolutely nothing apart from that, but after a while I got bored. And as I had previously done a couple of drawings on paper, it felt natural for me to go out and buy some pencils and paper, and see what would come out of it. So that's how things really started. I put my drawings together with stuff I found in the streets. I kind of tried to make sketches that I wanted to re-make on canvas when I returned to Denmark, but for some reason I didn't. Instead I started to make collages and paintings on canvas when I got back home. And it went on from there.

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

I work as a gardener, it's simply too difficult to live from art at this moment!

Do you have any formal art training?

No I have no education... I started out doing graffiti and from there it just developed.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I make a layer of old paper to make the canvas/cardboard more stiff. And also a layer of modelling paste so that it will be possible to scratch in some text. And then images will be layered upon it all. And oil. My usage of oil is a technique I discovered by accident one time by spilling some oil on a piece of paper, and then I discovered how the image from the opposite side came through.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

The next one :)

What other artists do you admire?

Hmmm for the moment I really find much inspiration in some of the older Danish artists such as Sven Wiig, Asgar jorn, they both make some fantastic prints... also Eduardo recife has some remarkable works.

Thanks Glenn!

Thibault Sandret - Notpaper

Thibault Sandret

This week I think I'll feature some very textural collage artists--the first being Thibault Sandret, with his warm, sultry, and of course glamourous pieces. I love the layering in these collages, and how they all have a blush/rose tone to them, yet the materials he uses toughen up the look a bit (glam trash pop is a perfectly apt name)!

Thibault Sandret
I come from Paris but live and work in London

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Glam Trash Pop celebrates sex appeal and counterculture icons.

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

My own photographs, vintage and contemporary fashion magazines, objects found in the streets (stickers, torn posters, etc.) or flea markets around the world, images found online, tracing paper, spray paint, correction fluid, etc.

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

It's my interest in aesthetic philosophy that initially sparked my curiosity for contemporary art. I decided to become an artist after seeing a décollage by Mimmo Rotella. About two years later, in 2004, I had my first show in Paris. And once you Glam Trash Pop, you can't stop!

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

I work in finance!

Do you have any formal art training?

None whatsoever, which forces me to be twice as creative...

Explain your favourite techniques.

My urge to start working on a collage is often triggered by the sex appeal of a fashion photograph or illustration. The first step is to find about a dozen other images that are in harmony with both my mood and the aesthetic qualities of the initial image. At this point, and usually until late in the process, I don't have the slightest idea what the final result is going to be. After each step, I stand back and ask myself what the next step should be. Sometimes, it all comes together in just a few minutes. Sometimes, on the contrary, it looks like a hopeless mess after long, arduous hours. Paradoxically enough, I've learned to cherish these desperate moments because they're incredibly fertile, in the sense that you have no choice but to push your limits and think outside the box. I know I've finished a piece when I feel there's nothing I could add or take away that would make it look better to me.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

The next one. That's how I push myself...

What other artists do you admire?

Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Albert Oehlen, Yoshitomo Nara, Douglas Kolk, SFAUSTINA, Faile, My Dead Pony, Ogi...

Thanks Thibault!

Mary Alyssa Block - Notpaper

Mary Alyssa Block

Mary Alyssa Block is a great storyteller, through her collages and through her words as well! I read so many interviews (i.e. all of them) that sometimes answers start to sound the same. But then I get some that tell great stories that make me smile. Her collages are also quite whimsical, like they are really trying to tell you something.

Mary Alyssa Block
San Francisco

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Steal what you cannot rob.

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

I like to work with old National Geographics, newspaper images, things I find on the internet, with scraps of wood, string of all colors and textures, with old photographs I've taken. You know, stuff. Colourful little bits of things that can be glued together.

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

In my high school art class I would flip through old magazines and draw people or fancy scripts and then I'd turn the page and draw something from that page...and I'd build these weird layered was the only way I could make a "collage" without cutting up the magazines, which I didn't really want to do since these old magazines were amazing relics to me. Now I have so many multiples of the same National Geographics that I don't care at all. To quote Louise Bourgeois, "I destroy everything!"

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

I wish I worked in another profession! Please hire me. I have administrative skillz.

Do you have any formal art training?

I have my BA in art and I'm currently pursuing an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Explain your favourite techniques.

First of all, it needs to be 3am. Then I drink coffee, listen to the Pat Garret and Billy the Kid soundtrack over and over and cut out pictures and move them around with my fingers until the sun comes up. If we're talking about my painting technique, just replace "cut out pictures" with "squirt out paints."

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

The best thing I've ever done is when I was around 12 and I finally got glasses. I stepped outside of the optometrist's office and it was sunny but there was a sharp wind blowing. I put my new glasses on my nose and looked up at these thick swaying trees overhead and saw every leaf for the first time. I looked down and saw every piece of gravel. I looked at my mother and I could see each of her eyelashes reaching up to the sky. Everything was sharp and clear and complicated and filled with detail to an extent I never knew existed. I thought about how much gravel there must be in the whole United States and how many leaves and how many eyelashes there were on all the mothers everywhere. I wanted to see all of America and know everything at that moment. I want to be amazed like that all the time, and I'm still trying to figure out how to share that feeling with people through my art.

What other artists do you admire?

Robert Rauschenberg, William Eggleston, Tim Craighead, Julie Roth, among many many others.

Thanks Alyssa!

Assemblage on a Bedroom Wall - Notpaper

Assemblage on a Bedroom Wall

Who says collages have to be on paper? Who says they can't be paper pinned to a wall, photographed, then turned into a zine? Well, we all have our ideas, and I think this 3D display my Matt Whitwell is quite great, but even greater in this quirky booklet form!

via The Bottomless Paddling Pool.

Between You & Me - Notpaper

Between You & Me

New work by Brandon McLean
September 25th - ?
Neon Forest Gallery
Orlando, FL

'Between You & Me' centers around the idea of impermanence. This undeniable and inescapable fact of human life that no-one or nothing is ever free from. It's a very overwhelming feeling to know that if everything eventually fades away: love, beauty, faith, family, heatlth, why do we get close to anything or anyone? The works in the show are a collection of memories, nostalgic notions, though never perfect, these captured pieces become a recollection of some kind of tangible truth.

via Brandon McLean.

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