Who would have thought my first new work in my art studio would be collages? I for one didn’t!
I was tidying my cupboard and discovered the two collages I made a year ago during art class. My art teacher encouraged me to start making collages. To try out new forms, shapes and different colour schemes. At first I was stubborn of course and I didn’t see the need.
Until I started cutting. I discovered I LOVE cutting coloured paper and who’s worried about ‘need’ when you’re having fun? I might have known though, because I loved cutting paper as a child and always made paper doilies. You know the drill? Fold a paper until you got a small square. Then cut it up, make little holes and tiny shapes, but maintain the integrity of the paper. Fold it open and voila: there is your paper doily!
So before I knew it there were 16 collages lying on the floor of my new art studio. That escalated quickly and I didn’t see that one coming…
NEW WORK WITH A FAMILIAR TOUCH
I used watercolour paper, ‘normal’ paper, crayons, East-Indian ink and coloured ink. To me they feel new and familiar at the same time. The technique is new but I used my own shapes inspired by anything botanical and organic swirls.
The next day I wanted to explore the idea further. I coloured all the paper I had left and made ink drawings on the back. After that I started cutting. I made you a short time lapse video of that (check out my YouTube channel for one more):
Within 2 hours I had 16 more! They differ from the first ones in two ways:
The second batch are all artworks in their own right while the first 16 ones together are more than the sum of their parts. The colour shemes are brighter and each one got a lot more going on than the first 16.
For the second batch I used paper I had previously used to write down all the nasty habits surrounding my perfectionism. Habits I wanted to leave behind in 2019 and not take with me in 2020. When I found them last week at first I thought ‘let’s just throw them away’. But then I decided to transform them into art. Because that’s something I try to do every time: transform something personal into art. That’s why the second batch has titles like ‘Resilience’, ‘Flexibility’ and ‘Pleasure’. They are the opposites of the nasty habits I cut up.
NEW WORK AVAILABLE TROUGH ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE
The 16 collages of the second batch are all available trough the Artist Support Pledge. Read more about this genius initiative. Please contact me if you’re interested because I haven’t put them in my shop yet.
Their specs: black ink, coloured ink and crayon on layers of different paper (water colour paper, drawing paper, sketch paper) size A4, €200,- including frame and worldwide shipping.
If you enter The Fran Zone first you’ll get 10% off your first artwork. That means you only pay €180,-. Join today!
The first batch of 16 collages I offer as a whole. It comes framed and will be approximately 110 x 150 cm. Its specs: black ink, coloured ink and crayon on layers of different paper (water colour paper, drawing paper, sketch paper) size A4, €1700,- including frame and worldwide shipping. Please contact me if you’re interested.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Now, onward with other new work. Because I have lift off and my urges to create are back with a vengeance!