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Elo Designs - Notpaper

Elo Designs

Elo makes fun and playful digital collages, his work really caught my eye. What I like about it especially is that he's not afraid to combine multiple time periods in his pieces. I see a definite Victorian style as well as a retro 60s look in his work.

Elo Designer
I'm from San Diego, California

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Art with an edge and no limits.

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

I like to work with a little bit of everything. Old magazines, stock images, vignette images, and vintage vector drawings. I also make my own textures and brushes. I think that's why they called it collage right? because you can put all those pieces together when creating a composition.

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

Well, when I came out of graphic school about 2 years ago, I thought graphic arts would be more of a creative world and not so repetitive. I thought I would be able to create and express my ideas freely. I was wrong and I knew I had to do something to express my artistic side to the world. Although I took lots of drawing classes, I still suck at it (laughs). But I have great illustration ideas. I think creating photo illustrations (collage) was an answer to my frustrations for not being able to create beautiful drawings or perfect sketches. Collage has been a great part of my life since I was a kid even before I went to design school.

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

I am a graphic designer with a degree. I love to do packaging designs, work on concepts and new identities. I've got some awards on packaging and I think that is one of my main passions in design. I'm always more demanding than my clients, and I never put out a logo or a design until I'm 100% happy with it. Even when my clients say that they are happy with my designs, I still ask a little bit of more time to push it a little bit further.

Do you have any formal art training?

Yes I do. I have a graphic arts degree and a web design certificate.

Explain your favourite techniques.

My favorite techniques are no techniques. When you do collage you have put stuff together, understand balance, understand the golden ratio, how to match colors, understand "The Gestalt Principles." You have to know when it's time to add or subtract but that is all more technical. But they all help!

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

My art pieces are like my babies (laughs) I hate to see them go. But it's awarding when you see someone wearing what you have designed. I did an art exhibition and I saw people buying them. Only 4 were left but I still wanted to keep them all. I actually don't have a favorite one. I still have tons that I didn't like and thought wouldn't be worth showing. It's like when a singer creates a new album. You edit and put only the best to the public. I like all the ones out there!

What other artists do you admire?

In pop art I like Andy Warhol, in graphic arts I like Karin Hashid and Michael Graves. They are all genius!

Thanks Elo!

Justin Angelos - Notpaper

Justin Angelos

Justin's collages have a really great energy, featuring geometric shapes and strong--which overtake the subjects in quite a powerful way. He's not afraid to work in different mediums to get the message across, and each piece is so different but they all have that electric nature!

Justin Angelos
Grew up in San Diego now in Santa Cruz

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

A strange stew of mixed media, collage and assemblage.

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

My palette consists of just about anything and everything--old mags, found wood and rusted metal, animal parts, family photos and the debris of my childhood.

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

I've been creating collage/assemblage for as long as I can remember. As a kid I spent countless hours in the backroom of my mom's florist shop watching her assemble the most amazing arrangements from flowers, dead insects and taxidermy

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

I am also a full time stay at home dad.

Do you have any formal art training?

2 years of advertising school and misc jr. college art classes.

Explain your favourite techniques.

It depends on the piece but there's something meditative and soothing about holding a pair of scissors in you hand and searching for the right image to extract and use to create something new.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

WOW! I fall in love with almost everything I make.

What other artists do you admire?

Rauschenberg, Joesph Cornell, The Date Farmers, Robert Hardgrave, Aj Fosik, Kris Kuksi, Lola Dupre, Monica Canilao, Hobby Horse Collective, Abandonview just to name a few.

Thanks Justin!

Ryan Sarah Murphy - Notpaper

Ryan Sarah Murphy

Ryan's collages are so interesting, they exude simplicity and complexity at the same time. The cardboard gives a lovely, sculptural quality to what otherwise would be some very contemporary cut and paste! I'm also curious to know how she finds all that coloured cardboard.

Ryan Sarah Murphy
New York, NY

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Restrained, urban/natural landscape, construction/destruction.

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

I've been using found, colored cardboard collected from all sorts of boxes, packaging and containers. And glue.

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

I have always been drawn to collage-based works on paper though initially my concentration was sculpture. These cardboard collages satisfy a need to construct objects, make lines and apply colors, so for me they often feel like a combination of sculpture, drawing and painting.

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

I work as a studio assistant to a Brooklyn-based stone sculptor.

Do you have any formal art training?

I received my BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I basically collect and hoard materials that catch my eye, cut out & tear colors, shapes and thicknesses, and assemble forms rather organically, growing and constructing them piece by piece.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

My favorite piece always changes as it's usually the most current piece I've made. The latest collage I've completed is called "Dear, Dear Surface". It's one of the largest pieces I've made and has a sort of dual static/floating quality.

What other artists do you admire?

Maria Elena-Gonzalez, John Beech, Agnes Martin, Mona Hatoum, Rosie Lee Tompkins, Richard Diebenkorn, Mies van der Rohe.

Thanks Ryan!

Andrei Cojocaru, Part II - Notpaper

Andrei Cojocaru, Part II

Here's a little update on Andrei Cojocaru, who I featured the first time in November 2008 (almost three years ago!). His work has changed a lot since then, and I feel like it has gotten more sophisticated in a way. I really love seeing the change in artists over the years, I was pleased to hear from him.

Andrei Cojocaru
Still in Paris, France!

Q: Last time we spoke, you were in school studying law, has any of that changed?

Yes! Many things have changed since... I've received my (utterly useless) degree in International Law and have started working in advertising as an account executive; I work in a big agency, a small cog in a large wheel! It's a very stressful and time-consuming job but it's interesting and it gives me the opportunity to hang out and work with talented people.

Apart from that, I'm still trying to do as much collage work as I can, it's my therapy and my escape from all the stress around me.

Q: How has your work changed since our last interview?

I'm not sure how to explain it, I think my style and work method are in a continuous evolution. It all depends on my mood at the moment, I sometimes go for simple, clean compositions, with geometric elements, some other times I would go for busier, "dirtier" collages, more chaotic, with lots of different elements, torn papers as opposed to cleanly cut shapes, etc. The objective however remains the same: to have a result that's pleasing to the eye.

Because of work I often go for weeks without touching a single piece of paper or my trusty cutter but than of the blue I get into "collage frenzy" and come up with 12-15 pieces in one night. I'm usually pleased with 4 or 5 of them, the rest I keep in a corner for later, I might work on them again in a month or two.

Q: Did any other artists influence your recent changes?

Back in 2008 when you have first interviewed me I was discovering lots of great artists thanks to deviantart; soon after that I've switched to flickr where I keep discovering great artists every day! My recent influences and inspiration sources are Genadii Berёzkin, Marek Haiduk, Pierre Botardo, Ciro MacCord, Beth Hoeckel, Jeffrey Meyer (goofbutton) and last but certainly not least, all the members of the WAFA collective!

Q: Any recent accomplishments you are proud of?

Yes, there are a few! First of all I have recently launched a website,, to showcase my work and "get my name out there" a bit more.

Also, I have done two great collaborations over the last months, the first one with Milcho Pipin, a photographer living in Brazil - I've used his photos to make digital collages, you can see the results on my site and on flickr. The second collab is with ▲°, a British artist. It's still work in progress but I really love how things are going forward, can't wait to share the results!

Q: Do you have any future projects in mind?

Once again, the answer is yes! I would like to get involved in new activities such as video editing or sound design/music making, because I believe the principles of collage can be applied there too: you can take bits from many different and unrelated sources, cut them up, rearrange them together and come with a totally new and surprising creation. I have the ideas in my head, I'm trying to save up to get the proper tools and of course I need to find the time necessary for these projects.

Until then (and also after!) I'll keep doing collages, as many and as often I can!

I really dig collaborations so anyone reading this who might be interested in working together, drop me a line! : )

Thanks again, Andrei!

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