8.12.2015

How do I begin...

I was recently asked by a friend about how I begin a collage...do I have an idea and then go looking for the materials to pull it together...or do I start with a piece of ephemera that inspires me and go from there...

I thought for a minute...it really had me stop for a moment and consider...
"How do I begin?"

More often than not, its a piece of paper, a scrap of material, a torn page, a faded photograph that sets my mind wheeling...thus begins the process...






My most recent collage series started with a trio of vintage seed packets...ones that I picked up many years ago...the vivid colored vegetables along with their European monikers motivated me to action...I started collecting materials...















I painted three wooden boards coordinating pastel colors...and glued down the first layer of papers...since I wanted these three collages to relate to one another, I used similar (though not identical) papers with each collage...







































The names of each of the vegetables included reference to three European cities so that guided my choices...London, Paris and Florence...old atlas maps, historical timelines and garden/botanical pages were all gleaned for inclusion...I wanted to include a piece of silverware on each collage for the crowning touch...auditioning forks for the Florence collage was a challenge...which one would fit the best...


























Eventually all fell into place...the trio now complete...






































































































You can see this trio for yourself...I'll be one of the artists participating in the Fresh Paint art show this coming weekend, August 15-16 at the Everett Marina...
please, stop by, say hi and chat with me a bit...I'd love to see you...

8 comments:

  1. Thank you! Your post is perfect!
    The other day when I thought about making a collage, my brain shut it down. Thanks to your post, the collage is back on the list.

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  2. Beautiful work Amy, as always. I had wondered how you attached the silverware?

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  3. Great post! Love the finished pieces!!!!

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  4. These are so creative, Amy. Good luck this weekend.

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  5. Love them - terrific collages!

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  6. Great trio. I love the color scheme and the silverware.

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  7. So nice to read about how one begins a collage. Thanks for sharing your beginnings to endings.

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  8. love them! so fun to see your process. Sooooo wish I could come to the art party!! Hope it is wonderful and you do it again in 2106!!!

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