as it’s national stationery week, i couldn’t resist making a stationery themed collage. i was umming and ahh-ing a bit over what to depict, but then i looked over at my trusty scissors and the idea struck. scissors! of course. they’re my favourite tool, one which i use for (most of) my collages, so it only seemed fair to make a little homage to them.
what i made wasn’t quite how it looked in my head, i wanted to make a piece with lots of different scissors arranged in a pleasing manner, but it just didn’t look right. so, i made one simple collage with my three favourite pairs (which i then mirrored), and a pattern like piece that more closely resembles my original idea.
i feel like there’s more i can do with this, so will work on a few further pieces, but overall, pretty happy with what i’ve made here. what do you think?
some new work, finally! not been creating as much as i want to lately. largely due to financial stress (a mixture of general worry, and spending lots of time looking for/applying for jobs) and being a bit busy trying to do other things. well aware i should make more time to make art, but it’s hard at the moment.
that kind of comes off as making excuses, but you find balance when and where you can, right? things will even out again soon, i think hope.
these are a couple of pieces i’ve made recently. i wanted to make something to celebrate the coming of spring and thought i had to be a bit cliche and go with flowers. they’re both made using entirely my own images, photos that i’ve taken over the years. flowers and nature in general are an endless inspiration to me though, hence why you see them a lot in my work.
always saying to myself that i should use my own photos more in my collages and sometimes they don’t fit or don’t feel right, but that just means i should just integrate them into other collages more. or, well, i think so anyway. trying my best to improve my work (and myself, to be honest) bit by bit. it may take a long time, but the slow path is often the best one to take.
you might have seen on my instagram recently that i started a small a6 moleskine collage sketchbook.
personally, i’ve always preferred loose pages over a sketchbook, but wanted to challenge myself a bit this year with various things. i figured something small such as this, with a limited amount of pages might get me back into some sort of routine. seeing these collages all together in a easy to look through format definitely has its charm!
before this i had started other sketchbooks but ultimately gave up as it just felt like too much pressure, but in no time i’ve easily filled up half of this, and can see that i’ll get to the end pretty soon too. i even want to start another, so that can only be a good thing, right? i must say, it’s nice making small quick collages with no real motive – just whatever comes to mind.
what do you think of my collages so far? do you prefer loose pages or a sketchbook? do you use these as a place to develop new work, or just get ideas ‘out’?
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