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Huldra Press + Shane Darwent - Notpaper

Huldra Press + Shane Darwent

I think this little series collaboration between Marianne Dages (of Huldra Press) and Shane Darwent is pretty great. A bookbinder/letterpress(er) and a photographer, respectively, the work they created together is truly unique. Not the first time we have had basketball-themed collages. Read more about this project here!

Ice Cream Kingdoms - Notpaper

Ice Cream Kingdoms

Ice Cream Kingdoms is a project started by Jesse Treece and Delilah Jones, which is basically a mail art project where they send a spiral bound notebook around the world for different artists to make their mark in. There may be an exhibition in the future, follow the tumblr Ice Cream Kingdoms for more info!

From Delilah, a little manifesto:

What began as a synchronous meeting to collaborate across the vast expanse of inter-space, two collage artists with a desire to create magical narratives through the appropriation of found material have created the whimsical project "Ice Cream Kingdoms", a collaborative book that travels across both time and space from one artist to another, accumulating different elements of collage as it is passed along land and sea. A diverse group of artists with a flair for conjuring the wondrous and absurd have connected to manifest a growing expanse of the collective unconscious, portraying cultural landscapes, psychedelic dreamscapes, and all things humorous and human. With Simplicity in our method (and funk in our souls), the physicality of the medium allows for the ultimate expression of the nature of collage through building upon the previous artists work with freedom and fluidity. Both a reflection of our shamanistic thirst for the esoteric nature of being, and a desire to make honest art, the project's aim is to have no aim, but rather to change. Or to at least to get a good chuckle out of you.

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).

Fitacola Collages - Notpaper

Fitacola Collages

Fita Cola (adhesive tape) is a collaboration by Carlos Quitério and Graça Santos.

Fitacola collages are made of scissor cuts and adhesive tape reassemblings from original paper stuff we've been acquiring through these years... Having reached a point of almost endless supplies, the process is quite simple... Assemble by having fun.

via Behance.

Spectacular Sights - Notpaper

Spectacular Sights

Cecil Touchon, USA

Spectacular Sights--Post Cards from places yet to be seen

After the success of our collage postcard project September 2009, Cut & Paste, we now make a call for altered postcards of famous tourist sights from all over the world. "Postcards are an amalgam of history, collective memory and individual interpretation --- as well as personal mementos". (Thomas Weski in Postcards)

All incoming cards will be published on this website and exhibited in Gallery KG52, Stockholm 14/8 - 29/8 2010. We will also publish the ones we like the best in a small edition book publication. The postcard idea was very much inspired by Dieter Roths "Piccadillies".

* cards should have the usual postcard format
* they should show an altered tourist attraction
* all techniques are welcome
* cards have to be posted before 1 June 2010

For more ifs, buts, hows and whens consult the exhibition link.

Edvard Derkert/Kathrin Diestel

Kraffhics - Notpaper


Kraffics is an artist collective that does all kinds of design and art work. This includes some really bright, edgy collages. I'm wondering if they work on them collaboratively, because the style makes very smooth transition from piece to piece. I've included some of their design work as well, because I feel it belongs in this showcase. Excellent team work!

Name (Real or Screename): Kraffhics
URL (Blog, Website):
Location (Where are you from?): Leeds, UK

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Colourful, bright, we give every piece life.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Vintage. I go to the local charity shop and find lovely books, I can't give too much away. But go to your local charity shop you will find your next piece in there.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Been doing collages for about year. We used to do miniature scale sets but I feel you can really open your mind to collages.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: We do what we feel is best. If its a strong idea we go with it, it doesn't have to be a collage.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No, the Kraffhics quote is "You don't need a piece of paper to tell you you're an artist." We respect all new artists who are just going straight into the game.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Cut and stick. Not thinking too much into the piece.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: There are so many, but the one I like is maybe the Garry Glitter piece. So easy and it says so much.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: The people we work with, Ian Stevenson, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Sergei Sviatchenko, and many others but they are the main folk. :)

Thanks Kraffhics!

1000 journals project - Notpaper

1000 journals project

"This is an experiment, and you are part of it."

Last weekend, I went to a screening of 1000 Journals, a documentary by Andrea Kreuzhage. I am so glad I dragged myself out of bed at 11 in the morning on a Saturday to see this film's first Toronto screening at the Moving Image Film Festival (there were only about 8 people there)! I have known about this project for a while, as most of you probably have as well, but for some reason I am so much more intrigued by the project after watching the documentary. A woman who received one of the journals and was featured in the film was present to chat about it, which was an added bonus. And collage artist Julie Sadler (from Collage Clearinghouse) was in the film. Apparently, there were 60 hours (I think) of footage shot for the documentary, which was shaved down to 90 minutes.

The 1000 Journals project was launched in 2000, and is still ongoing. One thousand journals were left in random places or given to people, but as people started to hear about the project, they wanted to get involved. People were dying to get their hands on what seemed like so few journals, and so a website was started to help track the journals. Now, you can view scans of the them, which include writing, drawing, collage, and other things, and check up on their progress. Warning, this website can be very addictive!

The creator, Someguy, finally got enough journals back (about 40) to put them in a show at SFMoma (which runs from November 1, 2008 - April 5, 2009. I wish I lived in San Francisco, and if you do you should definitely go see this.

There is also a beautiful book published (by Chronicle) on the project, which I purchased today.

There is another project started called 1001 Journals. In this one, users can send out their own journals, so that more and more journals can reach more and more people. I will be starting a journal, which anyone can participate in. My only request is that it be filled with collage! I'll post the link where you can sign up to receive the journal as soon as I can.

Falling Ruin - Notpaper

Falling Ruin

It's hard to analyze any collaboration without first looking at each artist's work seperately. By doing this you can find out what went into the work! Yann's graphic eye and Eva's beautiful eccentric touches reflect each of their own work, and come together to make something completely different. It really is a gorgeous collaboration.

YR for Yann and EH for Eva.

Names (Real or Screename): Yann Robardey & Eva Eun-Sil Han
URL (Blog, Website):
Location (Where are you from?): Stockholm and Brussels (respectively)

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
YR: Meeting at the crossroad of two dreamscapes.
EH: A dynamic conceptual exchange.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
YR: Vintage papers from books and magazines mostly, rather uncoated paper, acrylic paint, rubberstamps sometimes, no computer work. EH: Definitely NO computer works involved. More like working with vintage images from magazines, gesso, pencil and scissors and glue!

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
YR: I've been doing collages more regulary for about 10 years. I can't remember how it started... Was it on postcards while travelling? EH: I've been doing collages for 2 years, before, I did more paintings, drawings but when I met Max Ernst collage works, it changed everything.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
YR: I work as an illustrator, schoolbooks for swedish children--but not with collages: drawings only.
EH: I used to work as a graphic designer for 5 years but now I'm working fully as an artist.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
YR: I went to two art schools, in Epinal and Nantes-France = 5 years.
EH: Four years B.F.A of Spanish literature and Art History, two years Design Institute Graphic Art in Seoul, Korea--one year L'Atelier d'Art de la Grange des Champs--Belgium.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
YR: Paper, scissors and glue. You cut one thing and finaly glue another one, it's always surprising, otherwise it gets boring!
EH: Mainly cut and glue but sometimes, I like to use mixed media, like gesso, pencil and gouache.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
YR: The simpliest the best (which I don't do often).
EH: Geometric lines with collage.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
YR: Roman Cieslewicz , Kurt Schwitters, Alexander Rodchenko and some really talented people showing their creations on flickr, like exo, cless and falling apart!
EH: Max Ernst, László Moholy-Nagy, Joseph Cornell, Hannah Hoch, Giorgio de Chirico and many talented artists on flickr, like hibiki, liz , exo, and of course ruin_tourist! He rocks ;o)

Thanks Yann and Eva!

Gracia + Louise - Notpaper

Gracia + Louise

Gracia Louise is a collaboration between Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison. Together, they create artists' book, prints, zines, postcard collages, and other small projects from their home-based studio in Melbourne, Australia. I am very pleased to bring you notpaper's very first collaborative interview, with slightly different questions based on creating art as a team! I would like to do more like this, so if you have a collaboration you would like to tell me about, please email me!

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about the collaboration/project?
A: We enjoy working side-by-side in collaboration. We each bring different things, different strengths and different ways of seeing, but we work so harmoniously together. It is an effortless collaboration; one we enjoy.

Q: How long have you been collaborating, and what made you start?
A: We have been working collaboratively for almost ten years now and I guess you could say it officially began when we started working on our first series of limited edition artists' books (in 1999). It all began with 'This morning I went into the garden', a small book bound in emu leather, featuring our collages and drawings and collected pieces of ephemera.

Q: What do you like most about working with a partner?
A: It enables you to create something you could not otherwise create on your own. It is challenging. It is rewarding. It feels like the perfect fit.

Q: What have you learned from collaboration and who/what did you learn it from?
A: That the possibilities are endless. It is also enjoyable to have someone to share things with, especially where exhibition openings and launches are concerned. We rather fell into our collaboration and seem unlikely to bring it to a close anytime soon.

Q: If you could collaborate with anyone you wanted, who would it be?
A: Today, we'd collaborate with anyone, though especially a writer or someone who works with words.

Thanks Gracia and Louise!

Learning to Love You More - Notpaper

Learning to Love You More

I know that this project may be old to many of you, but after reading Miranda July's book "No one belongs here more than you" I was interested in her work yet again. Her website Learning to Love you More is a collaborative project with regular people. I thought this might interest you because there are a few that I find pretty "collage-y," like the one where you ask a friend to point out all the things that they want in a magazine and you make a collage of it, or where you cover up only part of a photo album page. It inspired me a little to try some new techniques, and I am probably going to make a contribution. You should too!

Assignment #28
Edit a photo album page.

Look through a friend or relative's photo album. Choose a single page that includes details that you find interesting. Take a piece of solid-colored paper that fits over the entire album page and cut one to ten holes in the paper that reveal details of the pictures. These details can be parts of people's bodies, their pets, a cake, a poster, anything you find visually intriguing. These holes should be small, just isolating the details, with holes that are the shape of the thing you are isolating (cake-shaped hole, tiny hole isolating just someone's head, etc.) Give your page a title that includes the name of the person who's photo album you have used. For instance "Erika's trip to Florida," or "Dave and his dog Walter at the Beach."

Assignment #56
Make a portrait of your friend's desires.

Ask a friend or relative if there is a catalogue that they want things from. Maybe it is J. Crew or Facets Multimedia or Toys R US. Get a copy of this catalogue if your friend doesn't have one. Then ask your friend to look through the catalogue and point to everything they really, really want. Not just want, but really, really want. Put a mark next to each of these things. Maybe there will only be two or three. Maybe there will be many. When they are done, carefully cut out each of these things, cut out the objects only, do not include anything surrounding them.Glue them on to a piece of colored paper. Do not write anything on this paper, but scan it and send it to us, along with the name of your friend and their age.

6x6 Collage Project - Notpaper

6x6 Collage Project

Do you remember the post about the 6x6 collage group last month? Well, in that post I suggested that they try to do three way collages instead of two, and seeing what two different people would do with the same materials. I did this exchange with Shelley and Karine from the group, and this is the first set of my collages from Karine's materials. This is part one, so part two will be my second set of collages, and part three will be the results of all of the collages together.

This is a very fun exchange and if you are a member of Flickr I highly recommend taking part in this group.

The most exciting thing about this exchange for me was the beautiful Letraset transfers that Karine and Shelley both sent. I have found a new love! I will be putting these up in my Etsy shop this week.

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