I love the simplicity of Phaedra's collages, how they're a bit retro with the use of imagery but modern with implementation. Maybe it's just because I was a girl scout, but these images feel very atmospheric, even though there is only a little bit of detail here and there. Her work is very simple, but thought-provoking, and I am sure she will make a great illustrator!
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
Non fancy little collages made out of scout loveliness.
What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
I have an extensive vintage book and paper collection from many car boots, book shops, and sneaky college thefts. But I have a big love for pieces of scrap I find across the house, type, letraset left overs, geometric shapes, quote cut outs, mess, my love--macbook pro.
How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
I started in my last year of high school when specialising in Graphic design/Illustration. My tutor is a working mixed media illustrator and introduced me to Eduardo Recife and Mario Wagner. Bam. I was in pure lust with the mysticalness of cutting up beautiful tiny pictures and creating something completely new. As the years have gone, my work has transformed into something completely different, from girly 1950's to clean cut dada inspired collages.
Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
I've only just started university (foundation diploma), I am still a little centipede like creature eating through 2 hour history lectures and professional practise essays. But I've always known I belong to the illustration and graphic design industry, mainly due to the moment when I met Rob Ryan and was a stuttering state. Getting to see his studio scenery and inspiration, it just made me more aware of my love for illustration. But my aim for the future is to study typography as well as illustration, due to my long lasting love for Dada graphic design and Mike Perry, and hopefully combine the two mediums together and create something clean cut with an organic aspect.
Do you have any formal art training?
I have recently finished High school (A levels) with a National Diploma in Art & Design, and now currently doing a Foundation in Art & Design at Falmouth University. My aspirations are hopefully studying Graphic design (specialising in illustration) at Central Saint Martins, Camberwell or Brighton. Something I find difficult, being so young and constantly sharing my work with 25-30 year old graduates. But as well as being intimidated and a nervous worm, I have gotten some of the best feedback and motivation so far since starting collage or university.
Explain your favourite techniques.
I tend to gather a section of a paragraph of literature from any sort of book and brainstorm as many things that come to mind when reading the lines out, and create imagery from there, an endless technique that gets me in the best but bizarre places. I'm currently teaching myself to not worry so much about the end result due to my habit of being an anal girl with the end result, so by that I tend to cut any image up and not think. Have the journey and non-consciousness take me (which can explain some of the simpleness in my recent work). While being at uni I have a daily journal, self evaluating my progression each day, and by that I record any idea's or inspirations I have found throughout the day. While recording, I create pieces reflecting either the emotions of the day or idea's found through out the day, something I've recently developed since starting falmouth.
I tend work best in "short and sweet" spouts due to having a A.D.D like personality. Poor attention span, forgetful, and a fast moving thinking/idea creating mind. I never see negativity in working so minimal in my work, I always found the simplest pieces of work most inspiring and eye catching. Simplicity makes me feel more involved and in touch with the imagery used.
Describe your favourite piece ever created.
This is somewhat a horrible and hard question. At the moment my favourite piece is h u n t. But I've never had a particular or ultimate favourite. My personal opinions on my work changes hourly almost, one minute I'll love it and show it to ma and pa, and then the next minuet I'll cry over disgust.
What other artists do you admire?
Many, but nothing can beat the love I have for the Dada Movement. The type, collage, life drawing, graphic design. Everything, nothing inspires me as much as dada does. Of course I have my favourite collage artists such as- The WAFA collective (Anthony Zinonos, Jesse Draxler, Mudchicken etc.), Baldessari, Kurt Schwitters and so on. But I have my illustration artists- Steven Harrington, Linda Zacks, Lauren Child, Gemma Correll etc. But i'm more inspired by photographs, unknown artists, doodles I come across randomly everyday, as well as my student peers. But my list of people who I look up to and get inspired by is endless.