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« on: November 03, 2008 05:39:11 PM »

My first RL collageÖ

So hereís the storyÖ a few months ago I had to create some concepts for a local ethnic/music fest. Iím a designer for a bank, but we were supporting this thing, so it was a fun little project. I sketched something quick, scanned it in, then decided to play with textures and see what happened. This is what I came up with:

Anyhoo, of course they went with another concept (the life of a designer), but I liked the idea of digital collage so much that I really wanted to use it some more. I love texture and patternÖ so I started collecting cool textures while I was browsing; wood grain, fabric, butterfly wings, apples. Mmm, texture. Then about a month ago it got pretty slow at work, so to keep my mind going I started sketching little characters on the backs of my business cards. Iím more of a designer than an artist, but sometimes I like to sketch. Then one weekend I thought I would scan some in and try doing that digital collage thing, and this is what I came up withÖ

Now my husband thought they were all that (I donít know), and heís doing a marketing degree (horray for putting your husband through college). He thought it would be a fun project to try marketing this stuff, he set up an online shop and a deviantart accountÖ which was all good, until this weekend I was notified that I would be having a solo art show at a local coffee shop. Now I thought he was just going to do his little marketing stuff online. Iím excited, I think, but Iím also panicking because I donít have nearly enough (I need, like 20 pieces). Plus they want me to do some originals, and I have never done a collage before in my life. So on Sunday we went to the craft store and bought origami and scrapbooking paper, some decoupage glue, and some mat board, and I tried to recreate the digital collages in RL.

Anyway, that is my hugely long story. I guess I'm looking for advice... I'm afraid I'm just going to be laughed at by the "art" community... Madison has a pretty big art community. Iím sort of freaked out right now, and I really donít know if what Iím doing is good enough to have an art show, but I donít want to bow out because it could maybe be successful, and if not it should at least be fun. So right now Iím hoping for ideas on how to create original collagesÖ I think Iíd like to do some bigger stuff, but I donít know where to find big pretty paperÖ the wrapping paper was all sort of kitschy and shiny, and there wasnít a great selection of the big paper. I donít know. Ack.

« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008 05:49:02 PM »

I love your work, it is beautifully quirky and I am sure you will do very well at the coffee shop.

Sorry, not able to give advice, but I am sure with your talent, things will work out lovely!
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008 05:57:47 PM »

I agree! I absolutely love the digital collages, and I would love to have one in my home. As for the physical collages...is there any way you could use fabric as part of the design? There are some mighty awesome patterns there...You'll be amazing!

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2008 05:58:53 PM »

Art supply stores (not craft stores) often have large sheets of handmade papers.  That's all the advice I have as I am trying to work up the nerve to collage myself for the last year or so.  Sigh.  However, it occurred to me that you could use smaller pieces to create a bigger piece - a collage within a collage?  Congratulations, good luck and please share!  

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First of all I'm like to say, Don't ever doubt that you're not "good enough." You have a keen eye. Second, Take a deep breath. It'll be okay Smiley

Go with your gut. Also, it's okay to make mistakes! Sometimes the "mistakes" end up being beautiful.

As for papers, you could try craigslist to see if anyone in your area has textured paper for sale/for free, or if you have enough time, I'm sure there are tons of places on the internet to order paper. Even if you do larger works, you may have to layer multiple pieces of small paper.. and perhaps it will produce a pleasing texture to work into your pieces Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2008 06:07:32 PM »

I think they look really fantastic!  (I'm a designer, too!)  You're doing it just right, I'd say.  These'd fit right in with our local shops that carry art, the coffee shops and the galleries, too.  One thing you might consider, if you're doing physical work:  try fabric, too!  There are some fantastic quilters cottons and laces out there, that I think would really add some depth to your work.  If you use a rotary cutter, and put stiffy, or white glue, along the edges right away, they shouldn't fray.  I'm really particularly fond of the first one you posted, the event poster.  I'd love to see more that use that aesthetic.  Great job!  And good luck with your show!

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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2008 06:14:20 PM »

I was going to suggest fabric and lace as well.

these are absolutely lovely! I would probably buy one if I was attending (the tea pot girl is my fave).

don't worry - the art show will be fine. as some one else said "take a deep breathe, it will be okay." I've done a couple of shows and it is always nerve wracking.


« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2008 06:14:39 PM »

Wow, I just have to say those are fantastic!  I don't really have any advice other than to believe in yourself!!!  Don't doubt yourself you definitely have talent.  

« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2008 06:43:54 PM »

these are fantastic! good luck with the art show, you're work is beautiful and should be well received!
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2008 06:52:38 PM »

Thank you sooo much for all the comments and kind words! They really do make me feel more like I can do this.

I would love to try fabric. I was considering even sewing on the paper, which might be... different. It was my first RL collage, and I'm pretty excited about all the possibilities. Then again, I donít want to go out and spend $100s in supplies then I canít afford. LOL. Iíll definitely check craigís listÖ if not decorative paper, maybe bed sheets or old clothes?!  Grin

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