I’ve had a passionate, unending love affair with collage for as long as I can remember. The gleaning of seemingly disparate elements–from dusty book pages and colorful paper ephemera to textural discards and handwritten elements salvaged from old letters and journals–reconfigured into an artful visual arrangement is a sort of creative alchemy. Components can be few or many, but combined they tell a new story.
My own personal exploration of collage has taken the shape of three-dimensional assemblages and, more recently, encaustic paintings. It’s my way of transforming the seemingly ordinary into something elevated and beautiful. I look to some of the greats of the medium, including Joseph Cornell, Lenore Tawney, Ray Johnson, and Robert Rauschenberg for a rich and inspiring heritage of the craft. And I seek out the work of some of the contemporary collage masters, including Aldwyth, Randel Plowman, James Michael Starr, and Lynn Whipple for new explorations of collage’s vast potential.
And so it should come as no surprise that I was really enthusiastic to be involved in the publication and support of a couple of my favorite recent Lark books: Masters: Collage and Scraps: A Field Guide to Collage. Both of these books are absolutely brimming delectable morsels of visual inspiration. I have them at the ready on my own studio shelf, and here’s your chance to have them, too. We’re giving away one free copy each of Masters: Collage and Scraps to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2010. Any comment will do, but how about sharing the names to some of your favorite collage artists or favorite use for collage in your own crafts? One winner will be selected at random, and we’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 19. Click here for the official rules. Good luck! Congratulations to Darlene from Cinnamon Pink for winning the giveaway!
But, wait! I also have something special for every single one of you. We’ve collected five free beautiful collage pages, crafted by Scraps co-author Christine Clemmensen. Just click on the following links to download each PDF file: words of inspiration, circular doodles, paper ephemera, stamped stars background, and handwritten background. Feel free to print them out to your heart’s content to use in your own collage explorations.
Want to know more about collage? Check out Wikipedia’s concise entry on collage and The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction.