Posted on February 17, 2015

COLLAGE: New Landscapes

So I signed up for the Papirmass + Brown Paper Bag Collage Scrap Exchange.

The theme: New Landscapes.

The idea was to exchange collage ‘scraps’ with a randomly matched exchange partner, and then create a new collage in response to the theme, using a mix of your own materials and those received from your partner.

We’re looking forward to a broad interpretation of what new landscapes means. Is this an undiscovered place? What’s there? Or, is it somewhere that we’ve known all along?

I deliberated for a while, got over-whelmed with all my ‘scraps’ and then experienced ‘collage paralysis’ as I attempted to create the best collage I’ve ever made = a recipe for disaster. I didn’t get very far.

But then I started to narrow down my colour palette. Sift through my pile of cuttings with a more discerning eye. Keep out only the pieces I truly loved.

An idea began to form. Typography tower blocks emerged and mountains morphed with milk bottles. I was on the road to a new landscape:

New Landscapes Collage Scrap Exchange

In the end I’m really pleased with my collage. I did try not to over-complicate, not to over-egg the pudding (which is my tendency), but sometimes you just have to let things take shape.

My futuristic landscape features a horizon comprised of words and type in foreign languages.

Mountains are made of paragraphs, while trees are robust zigzags and jellyfish chandeliers light up the night sky. We can see other galaxies and worlds like in platform computer games of old, and the time hangs dazzling and bejewelled from the sky. Cameras and lenses lead to other places and from blazing red crystals new life grows.

All the world is a living microphone for the voices of the future. The microphone image was a favourite from the beginning.

My collage is a commentary on working together as different cultures combine, merge, morph and grow; of being heard, of listening, and of a new and exhilarating harmony with a place for everyone.

And there’s a tower-block-topping teapot, because we’ll need a lot of tea.

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11 Comments

  • Reply Romana February 18, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I love your collage. I have to say though, that the way you are able to share the actual creative process is just so great.

    • Reply daintydora February 18, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Thanks for saying that – I do love telling a story so explaining the creative process is definitely part of the fun/enjoyment for me. And I’m learning about my process at the same time too! xx

  • Reply shani February 18, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Bloody hell, you are just amazing! love the story behind this, the process. it is so interesting hearing..reading about how other people go about creating. This is a strong collage…hope you are going to do something with it!!!! Fab! you are so inspiring…

    • Reply daintydora February 18, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thanks lovely Shani:)

      I’m not sure what to do with it. I don’t have much wall space left but I don’t want to just abandon it in a cupboard…do you frame all yours or how do you store them to keep them safe and seen? xx

  • Reply Karen February 22, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Love this Rebecca. So well done. And I love your thoughts behind it all and the process of creating it. x
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    • Reply daintydora February 22, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Karen! I am pleased with how it turned out, though it is very ‘busy’. That must be my style. I was really pleased to get it sent away finally and apparently there may be another similar challenge to look out for later in the year… xx

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  • Reply Vikki March 2, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Brilliant! You should have your own exhibition of collages x
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    • Reply daintydora March 3, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Haha, maybe one day! That would be awesome :)

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