Three new collage works for the New Year: ‘Fields of Attraction’. Colourful building blocks of life coalesce, developing into a single celled organism that proceeds to divide and replicate itself.
Throughout our Monday Drawing Club zoom meeting I was collaging cuttings from some old woodblock prints, re-arranging & re-imagining connections between inked/non-inked papers. The motto ‘I have everything I need’ encourages an environmentally sound method of working, re-cycling previously used papers, that for one reason or another may not have been fulfilling their optimum potential. Now re-aligned they present some new and exciting possibilities of direction.
Three pieces collaged during the evening session are presented here:
Recent Fridays in the studio have been wonderful collage inspired days, raiding my colleague’s fabric box to explore a selection of linens, cottons and silks. These three material based mixed-media collages developed over the past few weeks and were finally mounted onto 300g paper yesterday. All are approximately A2 in size un-framed.
Beyond the frame: a developing series of experimental collages expanding around Polaroid instant film images. Drawing upon a diverse range instant photographic materials, including Polachrome/Polapan slide, SX70 and type100 film bases, these mixed-media works seek to expand a view beyond the confines/borders of original instant photographs.
Three Dover Studio Collective artists are showing work at coffee shop Brew in Folkestone over a period of two weeks starting from this week. Clare Smith, Deborah Colam and Mike Tedder display selected prints, collage and cyanotypes in this beautiful gallery space. Pop in for a coffee and take a look.
Brew: 83 Cheriton Rd, Folkestone CT20 1DG https://www.facebook.com/brewfolkestone/
There is a tangible sense of achievement once a sketchbook project is concluded, a process has taken place from start to finish; from cover to cover. In reality however, it is never really completed, as there will always be ‘that’ little detail or textual element to enhance or embellish.
‘La Montagne’ is my most recent sketchbook, exploring geometric mountain-like forms, collaged onto a pre-defined booklet supplied by The Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn NY. With paper cut-outs assembled and mounted into position, my sketchbook was registered onto the project website to obtain its unique searchable barcode, before being placed in the post to commence its transatlantic voyage to the real-life library in New York.
This is quite an emotional feeling, a parting in as much as I will never see the sketchbook in its physical form again – or be able to add anything further to the ideas / collages mounted within. It will now reside on a different continent, catalogued and viewable within the offline library there, before being scanned into the projects’ online library and finally viewable worldwide across the web. Although never to return home to its studio of origin, I will see updates from time to time about its interactions and the places it visits, so we will never really lose touch.