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Week 17: quilt style collage

I chose the thematic contrast of city and nature, then connected the two through the idea of mailing a letter.
“Town and Country”, collage on paper, 9" x 12"

Week 16: schwitters style collage

Studying specific collages by Kurt Schwitters, we were to create own collage studies. Even though Schwitters' work looked to be haphazard, they were masterfully composed with meticulous execution. I enjoyed challenging myself with all the straight edges, as I usually work with torn edge pieces.

Week 14: frankencollage

October flew by and between travelling and my schedule changing up a bit, it was a challenge to keep on top of the weekly workshop assignments. This was a great one to lead up to Halloween, a technique used frequently by collage artists such as Hannah Hoch…mixing and matching body parts and different scales to come up with interesting new monsters…

Week 9: triptych/diptych

The theme last week was to explore diptychs and triptychs through a floral theme. What a happy coincidence as I’ve been snipping so many flowers lately!

Week 8: collage book covers

This week found us dreaming up book covers for the specific title of “Tamerlane and Other Poems” by Edgar Allen Poe, creating 2 – 4 potential covers.
I briefly skimmed through the poems in the book, and some themes popped out at me – the heavens, dreams, and a nostalgia for being young (did you know this is some of his earliest work, written as a teenager?!)
I thought I would try and pull the feeling of those elements together.

Week 7: accordion collage book

I thought it would be interesting to explore the current series I’m working on through this totally different format. The book is double-sided with a different piece on either side, measuring approx 3" x 4". I had a lot of fun exploring composition on a new scale, and I will most likely make more!

Week 6: abstract collage

This took a while for me to get around to this week, as my comfort zone is really in “figurative” collage. The challenge was to use only coloured tissue paper, in this case I used mulberry paper as I have a large stash! I always utilize circles in my regular work, and I like to explore translucency and layering, so I drew upon these elements.

Week 5: colour relationships

Exploring the colour wheel was this week’s project – both analogous (colours which are side by side) and complimentary (across from each other on the wheel). It also involved really pairing down the collage elements, which was a great challenge for me as I am usually drawn to a lot of layering.
The first two are analogous: red/violet, and red
Second two are complimentary: blue/orange, yellow/purple

Week 4: collage mash-ups

This technique was often used by Dada artists which produced whimiscal and absurd results. I found it took a loooong time and a lot of magazine flipping to find the right pieces to line up!

Week 3: thematic collages

This week’s challenge was to pick a theme in order to generate collages. This was good practice for me, as I tend to go into work with no particular theme in mind. I went with the seasons, and attempted to convey the moods I associate with each.

Week 2: monochromatic collages

I found myself experiencing different emotions when putting together these pieces, colours have a powerful impact on our mood…
Yellow: uplifted, cheerful
Green: pensive, serious
Red: sultry, passionate
Blue: calm, serene

I’ve recently signed up for an online 52 week (yes! a whole year!) collage workshop run by artist, author, and teacher Randel Plowman. Along with the series I’m currently working on, I thought this would be a great way to deepen my techniques in the art of collage, shake things up a bit, and keep me accountable to a regular practice!
I’m currently on week 7, and was thinking- why did I not start updating about this weekly?! So I’m gonna do a blast of catch-up posts with the weekly projects, then update as I progress.

Week 1 : 5 minute collages

To flex our instincts, the challenge was to create several small collages set to a timer of 5 minutes each. I have amassed a lot of bits and pieces in my arsenal, and I am used to layering quickly so I really enjoyed it!