I am pretty fond of Dawn's digital collages, they all just seem so perfectly and geometrically executed! She mentions that her Graphic Design degree program has her accustomed to making as many variations as possible, and it's nice to see small elements repeated elsewhere in her body of work. Also, it's impossible to see anything I would change in her collages--they are so thought out!
Dawn Gardner / DG Design
Essex, United Kingdom
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
Layered visual musings to fuel further interpretations and imaginations.
What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A combination of the above. I like to incorporate my own photography with vintage imagery from National Geographic Magazines dating from the 1950's - 70's, Time-Life books or traditional craft magazines. I have always enjoyed experimenting with texture within my design and illustration, scanning found papers, materials or creating my own patterns digitally via Photoshop or Illustrator.
How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
Although I have long been an admirer of collage, I only started making my own about a year ago. I touched upon collage primary illustrations within a self authored project at the end of my second year of university and enjoyed the process so much that I decided to keep the technique at the heart of my Final Major Project this year. The project explores the overlapping of Image/Word/Sound, and so this process of selection, layering and manipulation has been of huge benefit to the progression of the work and project itself.
Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
I am a student at present, hopefully after graduating this summer I will be working within the design industry.
Do you have any formal art training?
I am nearing the completion of a BA hons in Graphic Design.
Explain your favourite techniques.
Although I enjoy hand rendered collage and typography, I prefer the freedom and flexibility of working digitally, particularly the multitude of possibilities you can achieve with colour manipulation, blending and composition. I usually begin with a rough outline in mind of how I want the illustration or design to look, before looking through my archives and finding the stimuli I want to include. The experimentation process then takes over and I get lost in the world I'm creating. The nature of my degree course means that I have grown accustomed to developing as many variations as possible, but this has also resulted in me constantly adjusting and tweaking - knowing when to stop is definitely the key to creating successful collages!
Describe your favourite piece ever created.
Like most other artists and designers, I usually always prefer the last piece I have worked on, but after a day or two this feeling soon evaporates and I feel the urge to create new work that is better than the last.
What other artists do you admire?
I have a list that is a mile long, but some favourites that come to mind include, Valerian Marguery, Julien Pacaud, Eduardo Recife, Tim Green, Jacob Whibley and Matthew Billington.