it’s nice to actually be making collages again! i do wish to be a little more prolific, but sometimes the harder i try to make something new, the less i want to. though of course, the incentive of being paid for a commission is a big motivator, let’s be honest.
it very often happens that when spring rolls around, i do start making more work again. in the winter months, it’s like my brain just doesn’t work in the same way and something is turned off. i am determined to get more illustration work this year, which also means trying harder to make more (and better) personal work.
still do feel like i need a motivational boost though, so if you have any words of wisdom, videos, podcasts or anything that’s helped you out – do let me know.
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.