June 2012 Archives

Vital Lordelo - Notpaper

Vital Lordelo

I love how Vital's collages can't possibly be old because of the newness and originality of their composition, but they look aged and worn like historic artifacts. He really places emphasis on this quality, and it's a really special detail.


Vital Lordelo a.k.a Dom Vital
domvital.org / Flickr
Porto Alegre, Brazil


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Surrealism, pop art, collective unconscious.

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

Magazines (especially the old ones) and photographs.

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

I've started my work in 2005 and since then I have been continually in the process.




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

I am an artist, but also work with pictures and show posters. But the art market (galleries, exhibitions and orders) doesn't give me the feedback I need to support myself.

Do you have any formal art training?

I took some drawing and oil painting classes but have never finished any of them.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I like the wear and the error. I like to make papers dirty, to tear and to crumple them up in order to turn them more into a texture support, rather than an image itself.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I can't point one right now, but it will appear someday. I think I am too young to have a favorite work.



What other artists do you admire?

Richard Hamilton, Modigliani, Van Gogh, Braque, Robert Rauschenberg, Nelson Leirner, Tide Hellmeister and Os Gêmeos

Thanks Vidal!

The Collage Workbook - Notpaper

The Collage Workbook

Most of you are surely familiar with Randel Plowman, who has created a prolific body of work which was helped along by his "a collage a day" blog. He has now published a book with Lark Crafts, which is quite well put together and very inspirational.

I'm generally not a fan of craft books on collage, but Randel's book blurs the line between collage as art and collage as a craft--showing that they can definitely be one and the same (or at least work together, learn from each other). Using his own impressive body of work, he walks the reader through techniques, different mediums, and discovering imagery. This is enough to get us genuinely excited, but he goes on to inspire the reader further with 50 exercises.

Crafters I am sure will love this book, but I think it will easily benefit collage artists as well. I'm always open to trying new techniques, and it might help curb creative block on those days something just won't stick...

More information can be found here.

The Collage Workbook - Notpaper

The Collage Workbook

Review here.
Becky Howes - Notpaper

Becky Howes

I really enjoy Becky's work. She is totally unafraid of colour (though tastefully she usually sticks to one or two) and she has a wonderful range of techniques she puts to use. I love the marbled way she applies (paint?) that almost looked like melted crayons to me. It's fun and she brings life to all the people present in her collages. If you are in Northampton, she is part of an end of degree show that will be on until the 15th of June. Download details here.


Becky Howes (Dessin De Passion)
blog & portfolio & flickr
Essex, England


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Fluid, Natural, Historic, beauty, illustrative, poetic, conversational, conscious, experimental, alive!

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

I tend to work with old photographs, mainly family ones that have been in the family for a fair old number of years. I also sometimes work with my own photography which I think will build up the more I travel and build on archiving. I definitely prefer black and white old photographs, just because of the feel and quality they have to them, also people looked different then! I also use my own traditional prints, mainly mono or collographs. Print making is such a beautiful lost art.

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

I have been flirting with collage for most of life now. I often seem to get distracted my other mediums and than something pulls me back to it. It's only been this year really that I have solely immersed myself into the collage world.




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

I am currently in my third year of studying illustration at university, this takes up most of my time at the moment. I also have a little side job to help pay the bills and I also create Jewellery. So yes I would say predominantly an artist.

Do you have any formal art training?

As mentioned above, just finishing my degree in illustration at the University of Northampton.

Explain your favourite techniques.

Oh techniques, to be honest I love working in many different mediums, have had to narrow myself down though. I love traditional print making, I can get lost for hours in the print room. Also paper cutting and folding, just generally working with paper has always been something that fascinates me.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Well reasonably recently actually, was when i created "the two lovers", when I first incorporate ink drawing with collage. It just has this quality to it that I really wanted to exploit. I have been developing this technique ever-since.



What other artists do you admire?

Ohh soo many! Heres a few- John Stezaker, of course! His work is just so beautiful and opened up so many doors for myself. Max-O-Matic, very talented individual. The old greats such as Hannah Hoch and John Heartfeild. And Jamie Reid. Its amazing when something can be so easily said through collage, a picture of a thousand words.

Thanks Becky!

Notpaper is a blog dedicated to showcasing the work of international collage artists. We strive to meet the artists and understand the thoughts behind the process, so interviews with artists are a big part of what we do. If you are new to the site, please enjoy our archives featuring hundreds of collagists!   more 

Contact

Sorry, artwork submissions are temporarily closed.

For any other non submission related inquiries, please email:
info@notpaper.net

Archives

Categories

Recent Tweets