Archive for the ‘Collage’ Category

I had an assignment to make two or more collages on a grid; so far I’ve done three.

I think the word “meh” may have been invented to describe my response to this first one.

I noted that the next grid would be tighter and have color or texture in the background.

More like this.

After cutting and tearing sort-of circles to make these two grids, I recognized how much I missed my half-inch punch, so I bought a new one.

In this third collage, the underlying grid is made from blue painters tape and translucent bandage tape. There is a pattern to the succession of patterns in the dots – do you see it?

Making art with a community (in this case 2019: Year of the Collage, curated by Carla Sonheim and two partners), you realize just how fertile our imaginations are. There’s just no point to wondering why your work doesn’t look like anyone else’s.


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Around the first of December I began a 25-day art journaling challenge with prompts, organized by Kasia Avery of Everything Art. I rarely undertake challenges, and I hate working with prompts, but I challenged myself to see what I would do with it. My plan was to work on it until the winter solstice.

The project was more rewarding than I expected. Kasia urged us to select one palette of colors and a limited selection of media for the whole project, so that our 20-some-odd pages would have that level of cohesion. Within that constraint, I felt free to tear off in any direction as to style and content. Quite a few of my pages are on Instagram (@judithhollowood tagged #kasiasadventcalendar).

The laggard page, the only one that wasn’t done by December 22, was “the senses,” December 10. That was finally completed this morning. I can’t fathom why it took so long.

In fact, there are two versions. Here’s the second.

I’m in no hurry to decide whether this fire-gazer will get stuck down permanently or not.

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A New Collage Book

Three folios, including the cover; with some pockets and the like. I’ll share a sampling.

Back (left) and front covers.

The little black arrow in the corner marks the correct end up, though it could have gone either way.

An inside spread.

This little book (5.5 by 4.25 inches) collects some images and papers I like, with very little editorializing or mark-making going on inside. It has a pamphlet binding sewn with cotton cord.

Another inside spread.

“Nevertheless, be prepared” is the name of an generous hank of hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn that I bought at a craft fair because I had had such a good time talking to the creator. And of course, it is good advice. I tore this scrap off the receipt the maker gave me.

It is the name of the book, even though it doesn’t appear on the cover.

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I’ve been working in small formats for the last six weeks or so, but faced by a fresh mountain of interesting offcuts, I decided to return to my letter-sized mixed media book.

I made a scatter-shot collage background, and then I added some focal images. While I was doing this, I found a quote from a book on urban planning that I’d been saving. The words pulled everything together for me.

“Yet there exists at the back of our minds a feeling that could we only start again we would get rid of this hotch potch and make all new and fine and perfect.”

The photograph is not of me but could easily be a cousin: There’s that degree of resemblance.

I’ve been reading a lot of political philosophy and history lately and reflecting on how humans need both stability and renewal. I used to be more optimistic about revolutions than I am today. Hence “rubbish,” the response in the lower left, which is a little strong — but it’s what popped into my head.

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I have two kinds of journals: art journals that function as collections of my painting, mark-making and collage; and diaries where I record notes from readings or lectures, travel reminders, to-do lists and sometimes notes about my days’ activities.

Lately I’ve gotten more inclined to add collage and mark-making to my diary. Pages with nothing but my handwriting bore my eye; meanwhile, my collection of scraps and cutouts of pictures keeps growing beyond the range of my deliberative collaging activity.

Now my practice is to paste down things I like on my diary pages, just because I like them. I may work ahead on un-used pages, or I may backtrack and fill in blank spots on pages that have been written on. I might just paste right over a shopping list or other entry of impermanent interest.

Sometimes I fill a whole page, just because I don’t want to stop. 
The cutouts plus occasional mark-making with colored pencils or markers really please my eye.

In effect, I’m putting favorite scraps out where I’ll see them regularly during the month or two I use a diary (the 5 x 8 kraft-covered Moleskine unlined diaries). Of course, this practice also fills up the diary faster. There may be a point of diminishing returns, but I am sure I’ll know it when I reach it.

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Single-Player Add and Pass

There’s no such thing – an add-and-pass is supposed to move from person to person. This collage was intended to be just that, but I couldn’t stop adding to it myself. I’ll probably make another one! My messy desk top is slowly getting cleared of my favorite scraps.

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Add and Pass

It’s been a long time since I received an add-and-pass collage in the mail. You can guess what it is from the name: A collage started by one person and mailed on to others until at last it returns to sender. An add-and-pass isn’t usually brilliant art, but it’s really intriguing, as you try to guess what was the base, what stories are suggested by the added elements, and what you will add yourself. As soon as I mail this one off, I am going to start my own.

Although the collage below was started by an artist who lives less than 50 miles from me, it has been to Portugal and Belarus before arriving back in North Carolina. Cool.

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