March 2011 Archives

Ashley Barron - Notpaper

Ashley Barron

Ashley's bright and colourful illustrations are lovely, full of bold colour and pattern--and she even manages to sneak in cute animals here and there. Her work is quite versatile, very approachable, and friendly. What I like about her illustration style is that it is young and playful, but she pays attention to detail where it counts with intensely delicate cuts.

Ashley Barron,
Toronto, Ontario

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Kaleidoscope menagerie.

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

For the most part I work with solid coloured pieces of Canson paper. I try to personalize these sheets as much as possible, either by painting them or pressing/printing textures onto them. I also collect old file folders, recipe cards, book sleeves, packaging, envelopes... pretty much anything that can widen my pallet spectrum.

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

I've been focusing on paper collage since my second year at OCAD. I initially started using paper as a speedy way to colour-fill parts of my line drawings in. Over time, I found myself relying on the coloured shapes to dictate the piece rather than the drawn line.

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

I'm a freelance illustrator. I also assist another Toronto artist in his studio a couple days a week, as well as lifeguard here and there.

Do you have any formal art training?

I graduated from OCAD's illustration program in 2007.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I have an ever-growing collection of circular hole punchers. As a result, my work table consistently looks as though a 7-year-old's birthday party has just come and left the scene: coloured confetti of all shapes and sizes strewn about. These random scatterings of paper scraps are the bread and butter of my ideation process. A semi-circle could lead to a beetle's shell, a wing, a leaf, etc, etc.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

My favourite piece is The Great Outdoors. It's an imagined Canadian landscape: a setting I wish I could jump inside of once in a while, much like Jane and Michael do with the chalk drawings in the movie Mary Poppins.

What other artists do you admire?

Maira Kalman's whimsy, Charley Harper's geometric playfulness, and Wayne Thiebaud's delight-inducing abilities.

Thanks Ashley!

Rogério Santos - Notpaper

Rogério Santos

Rogerio's work is very wacky and vibrant, I like that he adds coloured lines and shapes to bring interest to each piece. He has used many different materials in his artwork, and I think that is what creates the chaos in each piece.

Rogério Santos (GEO)
Lauro de Freitas, Bahia, Brasil

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

My work is my truth, my opinions in concrete ways based on the collages, my theories on various aspects of human beings in society, with all the great influence acquired by music, the art of DIY and sentimental, like expand our work with texts that give meaning to all the work, and add to it all a touch of madness.

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


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

Working with collage for five years, and the main reason was the rock band that I had during the period 2004 to 2005.

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

I'm just an artist, but I do some freelance design work also.

Do you have any formal art training?

None so far.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I love to try general, have used many techniques, but always use coffee, grass, old bills, ink, fabric paint, ink, gouache and so on.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I want to create something using blood.

What other artists do you admire?

I'm in the right place as I admire the work of my friends, Kauê Garcia, Rael Brian, Flavio Grão, Bira and Alex Vieira. Others who I admire are the most famous Raymond Petit, Art Chantry and Winston Smith.

Thanks Rogerio!

Paper Paintings by Brian Sensebe - Notpaper

Paper Paintings by Brian Sensebe

Brian wrote to me about his paintings, which aren't really collage if you are just looking at them, but he does use paper in them, so it's debatable. But it doesn't matter, because I think they're nice, I love showing things which constrast starkly with most of the work featured here. It's refreshing! Take a peek at Brian's work here. Read on for his process.

from Brian:

As far as my process goes its pretty much always an experiment that's influenced by the complexities of life. I like to build and take away in search of balance, and each painting takes me down this path which will hopefully provide the viewer with the same transcendent experience. Some experiences we go through can be very dark and powerful while others are light and easy, my work and process reflect this mysteriousness in a tangible format.

Jess Higgins - Notpaper

Jess Higgins

This interview with Jess is probably the longest interview ever on Notpaper, or at least one of the longest. Luckily for me, it was a pleasure to read! I love the kind of randomness in her work, some pieces are geometric, some are intricate, some are xeroxed photographs. She says she's fickle, and always trying new things, and maybe that's why each piece has a new style--but hopefully she'll stick with collage!

Jessica Higgins
Manchester, UK

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Mostly quite immediate, fairly personal and never quite enough.

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

Mostly I work with found images; plain coloured paper or patterns and photocopies. I reckon I own more charity shop books with nice, grainy photographs and attractive covers than books that I'd actually read or use for anything other than photocopying/cutting up from. I've got this really incredible atlas that I often think about but haven't properly used yet, all the titles and headings sit in really nice coloured shapes and are in really nice fonts and look like they've been hand drawn, It's pretty amazing! I also got this set of Jacques Cousteau books about a year ago that are INSANE, the photographs and illustrations are so so so incredibly nice, might be a bit too precious to actually use them for anything, they just need a serious trip to the photocopier.

My all-time favourite book is probably this Laura Ashley book of Home Furnishings, my mum gave it to me & said I was only allowed to photocopy from it, but since then I've left home, she's forgotten about it, and I've started to cut straight out of it, sometimes I feel a little too precious about it though, her voice is in the back of my head, my dad's is too, he hates the idea of books being damaged. I used to use old National Geographics alot, but I might've grown out of that now. Oh and I've got this one about Natural Disasters that's pretty good! Reading that back, it looks like I prefer to collect these types of books than actually use them in my work. One day they'll come in handy though! I know it!

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

I guess I started thinking about collage seriously about three years ago and for a while I thought it would be the only thing I wanted to do! Drawing and painting seemed to stop being attractive to me for a while, but that's me being pretty fickle, it was the same with photography, film-making, embroidery, patchwork quilting, knitting, sculpture, violin, piano, poetry, swimming, baking, growing plants etc. Luckily, I do continue to use collage as part of my practise and really enjoy indulging in it whenever I can, for example, Matthew Walkerdine and I were asked to submit some work for Glasgow based group Victor & Hester and we both decided, without telling each other, that we were going to make collages for the project, which was really nice!

What first drew me to collage was the assemblage based work of Richard Hamilton and those kind of things, as well as Mail Art and this really incredible Folk Artist whose name I can't remember or find for the life of me! But as my work has grown, it's mostly it's immediacy, not to say that a collage can't be complex or intricate, but when most of your work is very simple and straightforward, using paper to create it just makes the effect really achievable, one thing I really believe in when it comes to making work is that the outcome should always justify what you hope for it, and even though certain processes may be more "on trend" than others (being super analogue, for example) there is no shame in any of the processes that you use (I've taken to editing images that have been pre-drawn and flattening colours/shapes in photoshop, which was difficult to accept at first, but the final result has improved a lot, which has, in turn, helped my work to be more confident). I've been reading "Interaction of Colour" by Josef Albers recently, in one chapter it encourages you to work with paper, as opposed to paint (it pretty much disowns paint) and always be taking clippings from magazines and found paper objects as samples and materials to use in your work, his point being that the colours of accessible, dyed paper are more consistent. I often think about a programme I saw on TV about Matisse and they talked about the paper cuttings he made in later life, I think he might've been bedridden, in my opinion they're some of the best things I've ever seen!

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

I'm a waitress 3/4 days of the week, and split my free time between making work and running Museums Press, it's been a BIG part of my life for the past year and a half, we began by publishing these really laborious box-set style publications, the first one took me nine months to hand make 40 books (I crudely printed, trimmed and perfect bound them every night with a boisterous kitten running around, which was a nightmare! Kittens like string! and rotary cutters!), screenprint posters at my friends house, and loads of other stuff. It's matured a little now, we bought a laser printer and outsource the printing a bit more, but still try to maintain a DIY ethic and "touch" wherever we can, without distracting from the zines themselves. We get to work with some really incredible artists and the whole thing definitely has a positive knock-on effect on my own work. We are exposed to a lot of new work from artists we respect greatly, and take more time to look at their work, appreciating it is a big part of what we do.

Do you have any formal art training?

Yes and No. I studied art and design at A level a couple of years ago, but since then I have been taking some serious "ME TIME". I'm going to be starting a degree in Sculpture & Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art in September, which'll be really great! And who knows where my work will be at the end of that! It's definitely a big change from what I've been doing at home!

Explain your favourite techniques.

I don't really use that many techniques or processes these days. It all depends on the task at hand, when I was at school I would always be trying about a million things, printing onto different materials to then cut up and create different images, or using drawings on tracing paper when creating photographic prints or sleeping at my desk a lot. But things change, I guess the only thing I could think of would be photocopying! When you photocopy an image from a book, clipping, magazine, photograph etc, it kind of becomes something else entirely. It could either be for the point of reproducing it (if you're making a zine or poster, in which case it is the best, cheapest and most accessible form of print!) or to distort the image and take it out of context, which is when it would come into collage, enlarging an image really big is one of the most exciting ways to spend an afternoon!

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Jeeeez! This is a tricky one! gosh! Today it's the piece that I did for my brother's new project, yesterday it was the work I did for the Victor & Hester Journal, before that it was a poster I did for my friend's gig. This is difficult!

I'd have to say... this one! It was made for a zine we did which is almost entirely collage based called Newfoundland, we haven't finished printing it yet, but I think about it most days and the whole set of work means a lot to me for very personal reasons!

What other artists do you admire?

O.K! Here's a list! Clare Rojas, Sister Corita Kent, Harrell Fletcher, Miranda July, Sean Cassidy, Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Sabine Finkenauer, Brion Nuda Rosch, Lucy Jones, Aaron Anderson & Eric Carlson (Hardland/Heartland), Andy Rementer, Charles & Ray Eames, David Hockney. Loads more probably! I've not got the best memory for this kind of thing!

Thanks Jess!

Kaûe Garcia - Notpaper

Kaûe Garcia

Kauê's work is like a modernized version of one of his influences, Kurt Schwitters. He combines the retro with the abstract, the calm with the colourful. And of course there is a little edge in there inspired by his love of the punk aesthetic!

Kauê Garcia
Campinas- SP - Brasil

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Scraps that come to life.

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

I am very interested in textures of old paper or dirty paper, photocopies, photos from old family albums, encyclopedias with many animals, and old magazines.

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

I started getting interested in collages because of the punk rock aesthetic, a lot of collage xerox--in concert posters, fanzines, and record covers. But I had never ventured into it much until I did my first job I really liked in 2003. For that I did all the layouts of a punk fanzine I edited, and have never stopped since. I started to get more attached to using glue, and when I discovered Kurt Schwitters, I was moved again, it was like a shock in my mind.

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

It's difficult for those who want to make art in Brazil, because you have to do a thousand things to make a living. But I decided that never again in my life will I work at something that I do not like, I hate having a boss, and since I took that attitude, I made my move to get further with my art. So between my activities for example I have a project site / gallery where I have a virtual store, podcasts, magazines, pdfs, and portfolios, and I also make shirts, zines, illustration, organize exhibitions. I try to participate in exhibitions of plastic arts fees, and participate at a conventional gallery in my city.

The only work I do besides being an artist, is once a week to work at a punk record store. But it's more of a pleasure now, all day I get to listen to the best records in the world and meet people who are mostly my friends out there.

Do you have any formal art training?

I graduated in Visual Arts.

Explain your favourite techniques.

Handmade Collage, without any doubt. It's really where I can have an intimate relationship with the arts. But I also love to paint, draw, make collages and digital work, etc ...

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I do not have a favourite piece. Perhaps I'm always thinking about creating, but I am very critical of my work, so when I finish I know I can do better and go on in an endless path. I like that, my goal is evolution.

What other artists do you admire?

Kurt Schwitters,Hannah Hoch, Max Ernst, Gee Vaucher, Winston Smith, Robert Rauschenberg, Tomas Spicolli Antonio Roseno, but my biggest influences today are my closest friends.

Thanks Kauê!

Mixed Media Works by Mac Scott - Notpaper

Mixed Media Works by Mac Scott

Check out these neat, hatched collages by Mac Scott, an English art student. I feel like there is a lot of emotion pouring out from them, which is no surprise because the theme of these pieces is around family, love, and relationships.

See more of his work at Cargo Collective and Flickr

José Vicente Losada - Notpaper

José Vicente Losada

José's collage are very free form, abstract, I love that there is no attempt to forge a grid at all. You can see his many influences from fine art in his work, the painting and unique shapes. Very nice!

José Vicente Losada

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Influenced by: Brut, povera, children's art, quite austere, changing...

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

I like to use things I get around the moment of creation, because I believe that the most important is the intention, energy, and inspiration that you transmit to those materials.

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

I have been creating collages since art school, as a way to maintain a connection to current reality through images that it produces.

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

I just work as an artist, but I do many other things to live...

Do you have any formal art training?

I received a degree in Fine Arts in 1997, at the College of Fine Arts in Seville.

Explain your favourite techniques.

Acrylic, collage, mixed media...

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

There are some pieces that I would not sell, because they open new lines of work, without abandoning the essence of my work.

What other artists do you admire?

Dubuffet, Klee, Schiele, Tapies, Miró, Matisse, Twombly, Franz West, Christopher Wool, Manfred Pernice, children's art, and so many new artists than are working today...

Thanks José!

Mammoth Collection: Support Japan! - Notpaper

Mammoth Collection: Support Japan!

If you are still looking for a way to help out our friends in Japan, from now until Friday, March 25th, 100% of the profits from all print sales at the Mammoth Collection will be donated to the Doctors Without Borders Emergency Relief Fund. Read more about it at their blog, Hey Mammoth.

Image: Viscereality by Lionel Williams, for sale at Mammoth Collection.

Photocopy Experimentation by Tristram Mason - Notpaper

Photocopy Experimentation by Tristram Mason

I thought these experimental collages were neat, done by Tristram Mason, a second year illustration student at Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design in London.

from Tristram about his work:

Aesthetically, my work is often the outcome from photocopy experimentation which I develop by screen printing on fabric or textured paper and/or sewing over with thread. I love playing within repetition and layering imagery to the point of distortion.

See more of his work on Flickr and his blog.

Too Drunk To Dance: The Collages of Ryan Swanson - Notpaper

Today, we have a guest post from Marion Piper on the work of Ryan Swanson, which she kindly submitted. Please enjoy!

Text by Marion Piper, artwork by Ryan Swanson.

Far too often I stumble upon art that makes me angry - not because it's bad or incomplete, but because it lacks complexity. I'm impressed by technique but not for the sake of aesthetics - just because it looks pretty, doesn't mean it's interesting.

The current atmosphere of disembodiment appears to impose on every aspect of daily life: from the alarm clock that wakes us up in the morning, to the myriad of networks we maintain online throughout the day and well into the night. I'm not ashamed to admit I'm a slave to consumer culture but I do worry that perhaps we've come too far to disconnect completely. Body and machine are slowly fusing in a replicant-esque fashion: what will we lose as people if this continues?

Chicago-based artist and designer Ryan Swanson eloquently visualizes the background role the human body now plays in our contemporary world. His digital collages exhibit contorted figures fragmented by bright colors, lines and jagged shapes. The rules of photography don't apply here: Swanson combines elements of design and collage to reduce the body to a clothes hanger, a mere tool for hegemony.

Whilst Swanson's style is super cool, it is slightly disturbing. The fetishized, decapitated body is made subservient to consumer culture: a slave to fashion, design, art and opulence. Adorning our bodies with the generic symbols of our culture is a commonplace activity, and we're not naïve about it at all. Swanson stylizes objectivity through collage, initiating a conversation about the mass media that has pervaded critical dialogue since the Dada movement of the 1920s. This time around though it's more about the politics of the body, rather than censorship.

The gestures of the body are extended through design principles: patterns replace faces and limbs, emphasizing the polymorphic body. Rather than being didactic, Swanson points out that the pieces are already there; it just depends on the order in which you choose to arrange them. The cut-and-paste sensibility seen here overtly references the mechanics of image making: just like our lived reality, this image is constructed.

Even Condos Can Crumble (2009)

fuses digitally manipulated magazine papers and iPhone photos together in a limited color palette. The granulated greyscale form found in aestheticised magazine images replaces the fleshy pink body, removing all sense of individuality and uniqueness. The body is now another object, another element to manipulate within the image frame. Cut into pieces by tyre tracks, the female form becomes yet another surface to mark.

In other works, the muscular male torso is treated similarly - functioning as a lamp in one image, a couch in another. Clever titling and select imagery makes Swanson's work jump off of the screen - intricate AND pretty, I hope to see more of his work on gallery walls soon.

Help Japan! - Notpaper

Help Japan!

Above image by Tom Moglu.

Just one moment to say, to everyone in Japan (including all our Japanese readers there),
I hope you and your families are safe.

To donate, go to Red Cross.

Dani Sanchis - Notpaper

Dani Sanchis

I have been following Dani's work for quite a while, and every new piece is just as good as the last. I love the black and white (er, antique white) paper elements, and detailed illustrations, and I love the way these pieces come together in a totally unconcerned way. Each piece just seems like it has fallen into place. Wonderful!

Dani Sanchis, flickr,
Valencia, Spain (born in Denia, Spain)

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

The endless world of imagination faced with the reality of itself, the fantasy of the perfectly improbable.

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

I use mainly paper taken from old books and magazines that I find in the trash, the streets and old bookstores. I am particularly interested in drawings, photographs, texts and typography of ancient times. Found papers that have had a past life I used to create new meanings, metaphors, visual poems, unexpected adventures and chance encounters.

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

I made my first collages being a child playing with my father with magazines and scissors. Some years later I used to make collaged audiotape covers, but the use of collage was not intentional.

Now, since 5 years ago, I make collages intentionally as a necessity. To be in contact with the glue and paper, the need of not spend so many hours at the computer screen. The need to return to playing with my hands.

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

I am an illustrator and graphic designer.

Do you have any formal art training?

I studied some years in an arts & crafts school but I consider myself basically self-taught.

Explain your favourite techniques.

My technique in collage is strictly cut and paste. But a very important part of the creative process is to find old papers, collect them, watch at them a lot of times, decontextualise the images and words and give way to random and most importantly: PLAY.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Maybe Un instante de bondad, a tribute collage to Max Ernst.

What other artists do you admire?

...Joan Brossa, Max Ernst, Kurt Schwitters, Tristan Tzara, René Magritte, Roman Cieslewicz, Hope Kroll, Wolf Erlbruch, James Michael Starr, Philippe Jusforgues, Mark Lazenby, Pep Carrió...

Thanks Dani!

Weird International Collage Show - Notpaper

Weird International Collage Show

Weird International Collage Show Curated by Rubén B
March 25th - May 21st, 2011

Opening: March 25th, 7pm at Gloria
Horteleza 116, 28004 Madrid

Elephant #5: The Art of Collage - Notpaper

Elephant #5: The Art of Collage

Elephant Magazine has been a proud supporter of collage from the start, their influences are quite clear! I heard about this recent issue being a "collage issue" entirely, but it's not, it's just the cover story and maybe a few other tidbits. But really, I expect to see collages when I open up any issue of this magazine. I suggest you pick it up!

Elephant #5: Including work by & interviews with: Lou Beach, Cless, Simon Cook, Liam Crockard, Valero Doval, Joseba Elorza, James Gallagher, Silja Goetz, Eva Lake, Sam Lubics, Clara Mata, Brion Nunda Rosch, Julian Pacaud, Masha Rumyantseva, Brett Ryder, Mario Wagner, and Jacob Whibley.

Leeay Aikawa - Notpaper

Leeay Aikawa

Leeay's illustration work has been popping up everywhere--the first place I saw it was on the cover of the Walrus (Canadian magazine) where I was working at the time. I made a note to contact her, but lucky for me she made first contact instead! I love when it works out that way. Anyway, there is just something fresh about her work, she uses the same technique as many illustrators, but she doesn't fall into the same traps. It has a much different appeal! I won't be surprised when I see her work popping up in on more magazine covers.

RIE AIKAWA 相川里絵 (LEEAY AIKAWA is my illustrator name)
Toyama city, Japan but currently living in Toronto, Canada

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Recycled Art.

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

Vintage family photos, old advertising photos, and textured paper. Old advertising photos are so special. Why does everyone look so happy?

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

About 3 years professionally. But my first collage using photos was when I was working as a Design Editor for high school graduation album. And then I stopped for a while until I came across old photos from a vintage market, which inspired me to do something with them!

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

Solely an artist/illustrator/designer!

Do you have any formal art training?

I went to Ontario College of Art and Design for the illustration program. Is it considered formal art training?

Explain your favourite techniques.

Combining two unexpected things. This applies to fashion too!

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

My latest piece "Over the Greyinbow", this is actually going to be 3D!

What other artists do you admire?

Great artists like Dali, Magritte, Lissitzky, Marianne Brandt, Hannah Höch, László Moholy-Nagy, Yoko Ono and illustrators like Julien Pacaud, Paul Blow, Eduardo Recife,Mario Wagner, and the list goes on.

Thanks Leeay!

Horizon by John Sloan - Notpaper

Horizon by John Sloan

Just as I post the interview with John Sloan, he sneaks up behind me and posts a great new project to his website. From his website:

An autobiographical recollection of my past, present, and future illustrated through other's images and some of my own. In essence the process of creating this book is therapeutic in a sense of helping me remember long forgotten thoughts that have help me develop into what I am today and possibly will shape me in the future due to the new found knowledge of lost thoughts.

via John Sloan

Fragmented Cabin Study by Ethan Hayes-Chute - Notpaper

Fragmented Cabin Study by Ethan Hayes-Chute

Love this wood sculpture by Ethan Hayes-Chute, via the lovely Brown Paper Bag.

Alex Nowicki - Notpaper

Alex Nowicki

Alex's work feels like an ongoing experiment, with many different materials and ideas coming in to play. I love seeing the work of graphic designers-to-be, because of the wide variation in techniques and imagery, and also because I started this blog when I was in design school (now you know what I was doing at the time, experimenting!).

Alex Nowicki
Newhall, Ca

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Free form, surreal, subconcious, accidental, amoral, absurd.

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

I like going to thrift stores and picking out a different assortment of books; from old esquire magazines to children's books about how crayons are made. I enjoy taking two systematically different subjects and composing them together in order to create something inventive and obscure.

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

I've been doing collage for about 3 years now. I think my obsession to this art form came about from way back when. I use to always draw these strange monsters, I was completely obsessed with drawing monsters, and drawing things that made no sense at all. When I first started collage, I fell in love with it.

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

I'm a graphic designer in training but I generally prefer myself as an artist.

Do you have any formal art training?


Explain your favourite techniques.

I love to just flip through pages and find interesting textures within ordinary images, such as the wrinkles on a woman's dress, or the scratches on the cover of an old weathered Playboy magazine. Deconstructing found images into my own pieces of work.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I can't say I have a favourite, only because my outlook on my own work constantly changes. I'm never truly satisfied with anything I do, which can be good and bad.

What other artists do you admire?

Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Malcolm Garrett...any artists who challenge themselves.

Thanks Alex!

Jessica Bell - Notpaper

Jessica Bell

Jessica creates wonderfully subtle art pieces using paint and collage techniques. I love the soft shapes she makes with muted colours in her abstract artwork. It's just such a breath air to see a less is more approach using collage!

Jessica Bell
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Landscape by way of incident and form.

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

Fabric remnants. Rice paper. The inside surface of the security envelopes that my bank mail comes in. Thin layers of paint. Lots and lots of low-tack masking tape. Rising Stonehenge print-making paper. Seasonal catalogues and flyers from shops in Vancouver if they are printed on matte paper. That odd composite fabric that is often used to wrap flower bouquets. Objects I find at the beach and/or on the road. Transfer paper, (after it has been marked up).

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

The first collage I made was in the winter of 2007, but I didn't know it was a collage at time time. I was painting exclusively, but steadily incorporating more media into those paintings. I had the idea that I should utilize the fabric scraps I had and create abstracts for larger future paintings by sewing them into pieces onto paper. I told another artist about this idea and she said simply, "Do that." So I did. The first piece I made was called "Needlemound" and I made it out of stumpy pieces of ribbon, the ends of my IKEA curtains, some florists' wire and a shoelace.

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

By profession I am solely an artist and I am going to work to keep it that way as long as I possibly can.

Do you have any formal art training?

I hold a BA in Art History with an emphasis in architectural history. I entered university fully intending to major in painting but I got distracted by photography and printmaking and design so I majored in art history so that I could look at all of these things and then sample as much of as I could of their processes as my electives.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I love using my sewing machine to fix things together. I love the drawing quality of a sewn line and the element of surprise that is involved by choosing to involve a machine to participate in the drawing process. I love incorporating drawing into my pieces on panel and on paper. When I realized that I could use a fixative to secure a graphite or chalk line onto a surface and continue to build painted layers over top, it changed everything for me. Likewise, an artist friend's suggestion to me this past summer, that I could hand-paint and dry rice paper completely changed the course of my work. I would not have created all of the work on paper I have made since August of 2010 had it not been for that new thought about a material.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

My favourites are generally short-lived. I will think for a time, that something is the best work I have ever made, and then I will move on. There are, however, a few pieces in my studio that I have been reluctant to part with. A pair of works on panel called "Inlet" and "Peninsula" are, I feel, the best works in paint I have ever made and they also were the first large scale works where I successfully established a way of working in collage with paint. There is also a sewing collage piece called "As Seen in Snowbanks" that consists of 9 small records I made about melting snow in the landscape that is very dear to me. A small paper series I completed at the beginning of this year called "New Year's Day" is also very satisfying.

What other artists do you admire?

There are so many for so many different reasons. A survey over time and discipline of a few of my current heros would include: Prunella Clough, Francine Savard, Johnnie Winona Ross, Claire-Anne O'Brien, Riitta Päiväläinen, Aaron Moran, Sarah Gee, and architect Byoung Soo Cho for good measure. It is a goal of mine to see his works in actuality one day.

Thanks Jessica!

Flickr Group: Cyan - Notpaper

Flickr Group: Cyan

Book of Rocks by MINIATUREGARDEN - Notpaper


I love the artwork is this book (or zine?), I'm not sure of all the details, but the artwork is by Ariel Dill and Denise Schatz, and it was designed by Miya Osaki. Just wanted to share! I am quite fond of projects, especially book projects, but usually they are something I have to stumble upon. (if you make anything like this with a collage element to it, let me know!)

via Miniature Garden.

Super8 Magazine: Issue 5 - Notpaper

Super8 Magazine: Issue 5

Super8 Magazine has come out with it's latest issue, L8/Lotto (Fight), Issue 5 of 8.

From Super8:

To fight: to engage in battle or in single combat; attempt to defend oneself against or to subdue, defeat, or destroy an adversary; to contend in any manner; strive vigorously for or against something: He fought bravely against despair.

This is the front, art prints available here.

About Super8 Magazine:

Super8 is a poster-magazine printed in A3 format and distributed in Milan (Italy) free of charge. It is based on the number 8. It is neither sponsored nor advertised. Borne by the passion for graphics, flavoured with the taste of vintage.The magazine shall be distributed in 8 issues. Each issue shall have two parts, one created by Marco Nicotra, the other by Giovanni Rizzo, the founders of Super8. The theme of every issue represents one of the 8 regular words, which, in Italian, are generated by coupling a letter from the alphabet with the word "otto", i.e. 8 in Italian: B8 (Bang), C8 (Lovesick), D8 (Learned), F8 (I fuck), L8 (I fight), M8 (Motto), R8 (Broken), S8 (Under).

Javier Serna - Notpaper

Javier Serna

I love the mood of Javier's collages. I feel like they are very much inspired by fine art from the past, and they paint a picture of a very atmospheric, quiet era. The sepia tones and muted photographic elements are really lovely.

Javier Serna,

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

A pictorial collage in which nothing is defined previously.

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

I like to work with old photographs, metal, stone... any material can suit me.

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

Since I was a child (7 or 8 years old). I loved to create a different world putting together unconnected things.

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

Unfortunately I have to work in another profession in order to "survive". I do two or three exhibits every year but this is not enough.

Do you have any formal art training?

Not a formal one. I've been very close to art since I was a child.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I like to explore the natural shapes of different things (stones, wood...) and create the collages with this material. I also like to work with metal, creating different reactions and work with what I get.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I don't have one favourite piece. There are some I really like more than others but I couldn't tell you "this one is the best".

What other artists do you admire?

I belong to a group of collagists called " Los Volatiles" and I really like the work of any of the components (we are 4). We are very different people but our work has a lot in common. Out of collage, I like a lot of artists--classical and contemporary--but I cannot tell you which one is my favourite. They have to tell me "something" with their work.

Thanks Javier!

John Sloan - Notpaper

John Sloan

I am really drawn to the juxtaposition in John's work, the black and white photographs with vibrant ethnic photographs peeking out in the background. There is just something magical about the quiet monochrome images being interrupted by waves of colour, trying to get through to the surface. He has a pretty good array of work, take a look at his website for more!

John Sloan
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama. Currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

An exploration of lost memories through other's images.

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

Art books, documentary photography books, found objects, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on from a mixed media aspect.

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

I started using the medium of collage about three years ago when I came across a large amounts of magazines at my high school in Birmingham. I ended up using the found magazines in some of my high school work but never anything serious. Later when I moved to Cincinnati, Evan Lautzenheizer, one of the housemates I live with at Smokehaus (the name of the collective of artist that reside in the apartment I live at in Over the Rhine) was utilizing collage in his own personal work which then inspired me to pick back up the use of collage within my work.

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

I am a student at the Art Academy of Cincinnati working on my BFA which then I plan on going on to grad school to later teach while practicing my art. Currently I am a barista at the local coffee shop in Over the Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati just trying to make some money to finance my art making.

Do you have any formal art training?

Before coming to Cincinnati I had taken a few art classes in high school but never really anything that important that inspired me to create my own personal work. Since arriving in Cincinnati I have been pushed to create more and more personal work along with my school work at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Explain your favourite techniques.

One of my favorite techniques is the actual searching and finding of the images that are later used in the collage. The simple process of finding the images happens to be a therapeutic recollection of my past from the association of other's images that correlate to past memories that seem to have been forgotten.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Not really sure about my favourite piece. Normally I view my pieces as all being important to me because they relate to my past and helps me understand myself better through the past and where I came from during my childhood that has further been forgotten.

What other artists do you admire?

My housemates in Smokehaus and artists such as Josef Albers, Yves Klein, and Joseph Beuys.

Thanks John!

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