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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
www.andreicojocaru.net
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, andreicojocaru.net, 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!

Updates - Notpaper

Updates

Hello all, sorry for the delay. We had to do some updates to our hosting, and I was unable to post for a little while. Everything is now back on schedule! If you notice anything strange or broken, please contact me at info@notpaper.net

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.

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.
xoxo

To donate, go to Red Cross.

Brand spanking new - Notpaper

Brand spanking new

Well, what do you think of the new web design? I would love to hear your opinions! The main goal of the new site was to make it easier to browse and to welcome more readers to participate. Also, I feel like the cleaner look allows for a better display of work. I am still adding some little things here and there, but I would love to know if there is anything you would like to see!

Also, currently I am using the background Chad made us a while back, but I would love to have a background that changes periodically. Plus, what a great way to have your work on the front page!

Background submission guidelines:


Please submit with your name and a link to your website.
Can be handmade or digital.
Does not have to be an original work, can be an old piece of work.
Must be 1440 x 1024 or larger, a jpg file, attached in the email.

Please email to: submissions@notpaper.net

I'm still here! - Notpaper

I'm still here!

Sorry everyone, I've been a bit all over the place lately, and posting has been pretty sparse... (graduating and such). But Not Paper will continue. I just wanted to give you all a heads up. Also, I am still looking for anyone interested in guest posting once in a while, or even just once.

I might do some little updates around the blog, design and functionality related. Let me know in the comments or by email if there's anything you'd like to see that's currently missing!

Best,
Aprile

Recent work: Fred Free - Notpaper

Recent work: Fred Free

Check out some of Fred Free's new work on his Flickr, I was quite taken with this collage!

Update! - Notpaper

Update!

Sorry for the hiatus, I am glad to be back let me tell you!

Just a side note, I will be updating the version of Movable Type this site runs on, so if Notpaper looks funny in the next few days that's why...

While I've been gone I've been collecting some interviews from amazing artists, so be excited!

A little update - Notpaper

A little update

Have you missed me? If you've been wondering why I haven't been posting so often (sadly) it's because I've been in school studying design. It's not over yet, and I can't wait to be back at full speed this summer. So get ready : ) Now's the time to send me an email if you want to be featured, and I will do my best to respond to those who have already contacted me.

The book is in progress, it is pretty much complete design-wise, but unfortunately I am still looking for sponsors or a publisher to get the ball rolling. Let me know if you have any ideas/questions.

If you're curious what I've been up to, making collages as usual and blogging about school work (blegh!) over here. I am having a SALE! on my collages in my Etsy shop this weekend as well, free shipping on items under $50 until Sunday.

Leave a comment to let me know what YOU have been up to!

Could Be Me - Notpaper

Could Be Me

This is a new feature I hope to publish every Sunday! I want to give recognition to the sites that I think are valuable resources to all of us, are related to Notpaper in some way, or are just particularly interesting. Or all of the above, like the Could Be Me project that is the very first Site of the Week!




1. Gordon Magnin, 2. James Gulliver Hancock, 3. Jonas Fechner, 4. Lillianna Pereira, 5. Mark Lazenby, 6. Martin Vorwerk, 7. Max Montano, 8. Max-o-matic, 9. MB77,
10. Mudchicken, 11. Patrick Beser, 12. Rachel T Robertson, 13. Randy Mora,
14. Rebecca Trawick, 15. Sebastian Waters, 16. Thereza Rowe, 17. Una Janicijevic,
18. Vivienne Strauss

I'm still not completely sure what the motives for this project were, but I think it's an excellent collection that shows the creativity of the artists involved. The constraints are simply that whatever they create must say "It could be me, but it's actually Paul Paper." I was contacted to participate in the project, and so were many other artists who have been featured on Notpaper! I'm very happy to be familiar with all of them, and see new work from all of them there!





19. Able Parris, 20. Andrée Tracey, 21. Anthony Zinonos, 22. Chen Ying Tzu,
23. Claudio Parentela, 24. Esen Demirci, 25. Exo, 26. Francisca Pageo,
27. Ginette Couture

There are also a lot of collages in the project by artists that I haven't had the pleasure of interviewing. (That will come next!)


by Anna Wolf


by Elisabeth Taudiere


by Sally Illustration

Happy New Year! - Notpaper

Happy New Year!

The year 2008 started out really well (but ended a little flat) for Notpaper, but I am very excited for the coming year. I'd like to talk a little about the things that happened in 2008 and what's to come in 2009!

What happened in 2008:

1. Notpaper was born! On April 10th, I decided to change my personal blog into a blog about collage. The result was a lot more posting a lot more frequently. On April 15th, I posted my very first collage artist interview with Thereza Rowe, and it felt so right I've been doing it that way ever since.

2. On May 26th, 2008, I proudly posted about my 13 subscribers. Imagine how proud I am now, adding 120 new subscribers after that (and counting)! We also climbed from a 0 to a 4 Google page rank (fun statistics)!

3. Notpaper got a pretty little redesign on June 8th 2008, and I reached out for advice from my readers (many of which are also graphic designers).

4. Notpaper posted 126 artist interviews in 2008! Just to let some of you know, Notpaper is run by me, Aprile, and just me. I do often refer to me as a we, and I guess it's me and the blog, or more likely, me and all of you!

5. I started tracking on a Google map where everyone is from, really just to satisfy my own curiosity. Seeing this made me realize how truly diverse and international Notpaper is and can be! (I am missing so many countries, and I want to make it a goal to cover more...)

What's to come in 2009!

1. Notpaper the book of course! This is my main excitement right now, a non profit project to get Notpaper and it's participating artists recognized. This could become an annual thing, we will see how the first book turns out.

2. I am planning (resolutions, resolutions) more regular features, I feel I am about to have a lot more time to spend working on blog material. I have thought of this before, and I have definitely started posting about all kinds of things, but I would like to do this more frequently in between interviews.

3. I have been thinking about offline events for a while, starting out of course in Toronto (where I am) and moving on from there. I would like to organize collage themed group shows in different areas to help promote the site and the artists.

4. I would eventually like some sponsors! It's not like I consider Notpaper being like a job, but I would like to be able to put on offline events, or publish more books, or even sponsor other collage artists/sites.

5. More interviews! There is an endless number of collagists out there, and I will find them all!

Also, some special recognition:

1. We (or I should say: I) have had a lot of great mentions from other sites, but what I think was so thoughtful was the digital collages made specifically for Notpaper. These are two made by Max-o-matic and Cless (respectively).



2. I would also like to thank the following people for their support (in no particular order):

Hollis, Liz, Ethelind, Una, Chad, John, Max-o-matic, Cless, Eva, Edvard, Gracia and Louise, Ginette and Guylaine, Karine and Shelley.

I hope I am not forgetting anyone, I feel these people have just been particularly helpful or have made an impact in some way.


Thank you all for your support and dedication, and best of luck to everyone in 2009! And keep reading!

My Etsy Shop - Notpaper

My Etsy Shop

Just a little update on myself, in case anyone was interested!
I'm just opened my Etsy shop, and I'm selling some of my work there—no originals yet, mostly zines and notebooks with my work in/on them. They would make great stocking stuffers ; )
Does anyone have any ideas on how to price original collage work?
I will probably be looking around for other good collage shops, so if you have one or know of a good one, let me know.

PS. My first 5 cutomers will get a little gift!

Happy December! - Notpaper

Happy December!

December means a lot of things to me—it means the holidays, my birthday (the 14th), and more importantly, that school is over soon! And that I will get to post some more to my favourite blog (this one). I hope everyone has a wonderful month! I'm thinking of making paper snowflakes right now... too kindergarten?

Also, the deadline for book submissions is December 31st, so if you want to be included, please send me an email! Don't forget! There has been an excellent turnout so far, and I am very excited about this.

(Image via Flickr).

Notpaper, I miss you! - Notpaper

Notpaper, I miss you!

It's so busy here in Toronto (and in my life), and I know everyone else is also insanely busy right now. With work and school and the holidays, etc, etc, etc... I certainly miss blogging every day. I have three weeks of school left (ahh!)—so I will keep posting here and there as I have time—and I'm excited to blog regularly again!

See you soon!
Aprile

PS. I'll still be updating this, the Seen & Heard feed where I share what I find on the blogs I read.

Collage Groups - Notpaper

Collage Groups

I have created a few groups (which could hopefully become "collage communities") in the name of "Notpaper" so that we can communicate easier. Anyone can join either group, and can post information and artwork freely. I may use content from the groups on the blog, so if there's anything you want to show me, you can do it there. (You can still email me as well).

Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/notpaper/
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47397300545

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 

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  • The Collage Workbook




    "How to get started and stay inspired"

    132 pages, Published by Lark Crafts (June 5, 2012), ISBN: 1454701994.

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    "Stars Are Indispensible"

    96 pages in 2 colors, black and blue, 17 x 21.5 cm, 45 contributors from all over the world. The main theme is: "Stars are indispensable". It contains a music cd with 19 tracks.

    Available from BOLO store.

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    "Everything At Every Moment Is Awaiting Your Arrival."

    Limited Edition of 50 copies. Full color, 3.75 x 5″. Embossed front cover. Hand-sewn Japanese stab stitch binding. Edition number of 50, hand-numbered on reverse.

    Available from WAFA Storefront.

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  • Masters: Collage


    Major Works by Leading Artists

    Curated by Randel Plowman

    This superb new collection offers a stunning look at contemporary collage work from approximately 40 leading artists.

    Available from Lark Books.

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