I’ve been obsessed with collaging since I was about sixteen. I covered my school binders, decoupaged furniture, and turned my bedroom walls into canvasses.
The more I did it the more I realized it was about survival. I could get through class if I had something pretty to look at on my binders, something intricate and interesting. With my walls plastered in photos that I loved, my bedroom became an art sanctuary, so that even just lying in bed was an inspirational experience.
I first started collaging with just magazine clippings but now I collage with a lot more vintage ephemera, found jewelery pieces, and fabric. Want to see my latest creation? A collage on my living room wall:
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I made it in July, starting with my yellow and orange button heart piece, and then building outwards. I used paint chips, playing cards, strips of ribbon and fabric, coasters, stickers, stencils, and beads; the big illustration pieces are from vintage children’s books; the squirrel treats sign and the letter above it are from Maranda Elizabeth; the colourful owl on the bottom right and the “I Love You” message underneath it are from Cassandra Warren; I cut out mini rhymes from children’s books; I used vintage doilies and buttons; every piece has a story of its own.
It probably took me five hours to get the pieces exactly how I wanted them, but I was lost in the adrenaline of creativity so the time flew by. The final product makes me smile every time I see it!
Want me to make one for you? On your wall at your home or office? Or do an outside installation? Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Art is expression and expression is life. We are ALL creative. Every single one of us.
I took art in school up until Grade Ten, and then quit, deciding to make my own rules instead. I’m so glad I did!