Sooo .. I’ve joined my very first online club. It’s a little bit exciting. The fabulous Shani Nottingham from Rare Pear Studio is the woman behind the idea of an online Collage Club and because I think she is so great I’ve decided to join in. Shani is an incredible artist whose work I am in awe of.
I’ve not really explored collage as an art form but since doing Pip Lincolne’s Information Inspiration course I’ve tried all sorts of techniques that I haven’t touched since high school.
The first challenge was “Woman/Women” which seemed like the perfect first project but I just couldn’t get my act together to get it happening and when I briefly tried I found myself quite stuck. The second challenge is hosted by my lovely friend, Karen Lynch from Leaf and Petal and her choice of theme really spoke to me – “Green”.
This ‘green’ theme works for me on so many levels. I guess firstly, ‘green’ is perfect for my ‘first’ collage given that I am a bit ‘green’ going into this. My last memory of a collage was, I think, in high school art class. Anything else that remotely resembled a collage may have had something to do with scrapbooking. So yes I felt very green going into this exercise.
About 16 years ago my husband and I opted for a ‘green tree change’. Tired and exhausted of city living we chose to move to a rural hinterland village so therefore are surrounded by ‘green’ on a daily basis. We literally look out to a view of green from every room of our home.
Finally ‘green’ is for my love of all things recycled / upcycled. Our house sometimes resembles a dump given my love of not wanting to throw anything away in case I can use it for a project. Fabric, old clothing, books, magazines, glass jars, haberdashery, bits and bobs are all collected and stored for ‘one day’.
So this first collage of mine covers all of the above.
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