So to mark the end of our collage workshops we spent the afternoon looking at all the work each student produced for the brief I set last week. As I had hoped, there was an excellent variety of outcomes and each person had incorporated a different technique in response to the three original images, resulting in some really strong collages from everyone involved! It was great to see how the project has influenced their own projects and practice, with a couple of students incorporating collage into their final pieces.
It was a really great experience running this workshop and I was really pleased to see so much enthusiasm from everyone who got involved, and to see how the discussions we had around contemporary collage filtered into their work.
The Brief: Create an original collage/series of collages from these three images. You can manipulate the images in any way you like and use hand cut and paste and/or digital techniques.
As well as creating a collage from the images provided in the brief, Ray also incorporated collage techniques into his own project, inspired by Abstract Expressionism, he deconstructed his own paintings to create interesting new compositions.
Rebecca incorporated images from google, searching for the things which first popped into her mind to create a surreal composition using the space around her images to create the feeling of floating through air.
Restricting herself to black and white photocopies, Andrea chose to obscure and distort the original images with the application of white paint, giving a sense of erosion or decay. She plans to incorporate some of these techniques and ideas with her own photographs for her next project.
Calvin used digital manipulation on photoshop to experiment with the original images. He went on to create a number of digital works incorporating images found online as well as the three for the brief. Interested in nature and the human form, he created a series of collages which had both aspects of the surreal, the real and the computer generated.
Rebecca created a cut and paste collage on paper by selecting and duplicating a few elements from the three images and placing them together to create a new composition. Focusing on the lines and contours within the images, she used the negative space of the white paper as an important element of the work.
Experimenting with both digital and manual techniques, Georgia created a number of works by manipulating the original materials. She experimented with digital distortion, changing the scale of the image, obscuring and pixelating elements of the image. She also cut out aspects of the three images to manually create a collage, then created another from the leftover parts of the image, repeating the process until she had used up every part of the three original images.
Christian chose to work with the images digitally, focusing on the small area of text found in one of the original images, he manipulated this text to read as something entirely different which formed an important aspect of the work.
Thanks again to all the students for their attendance and enthusiasm and you have all produced some really strong, interesting and exciting collages!