Tag Archives: collage

Here, there, everywhere

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I always find it kind of funny when two reasonably unrelated things attract me, and then eventually it clicks that oh these two things might look mighty fine together.

Just today, about 20 minutes ago as it happens, I stumbled upon Mona Simon‘s photographs of Transylvania’s traditional Roma (aka gypsy) population and was immediately struck by the vibrant colors and patterns of the community.

Then I remembered seeing Pamela Bennett Ader‘s paintings:

The flowers on their own are, of course, beautiful, but I’m certainly delighted and intrigued by the integration of the little color swatches within the painting. We’ve all become accustomed to seeing color swatches attached to artwork, pulling out their colors and giving them special attention. It’s interesting to see them incorporated into a fine art status and I find that it brings a sense of modernity to the work in addition to bringing attention to the beautiful colors themselves and drawing the viewers into the artistic process.

And then I found myself grouping them together in my mind. I think it has something to do with both the nature of the colors in both selections of work and perhaps the combined/collage-y elements.

I don’t know, but it works, doesn’t it? Click on the links above to see more :).

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Mixed and Pieces

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So, if you look at fashion magazines, you may have noticed the trend/tendency/encouragement to mix patterns when dressing. (I totally support this, as I’ve been doing it a while and it can be a lot of fun – see last year’s post)((hmm, maybe I’ll do a post on fashion mixing, a la the serious dress post… Maybe?)). But lately in my magical cruisings throughout the fantastical internet world, I’ve found some interesting examples of “patterns” being mixed up and combined to intriguing results in other mediums.

Loom:
Here we have the Hepsi series of rugs from Loom. These rugs are pieced together from fragments of a variety of kinds of vintage rugs. Pretty gorgeous, aren’t they?


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Kent Rogowski:

Forty store bought puzzles were purchased, mixed up, and pieced together into stunningly abstracted landscapes by Kent Rogowski in his Love=Love series.


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Matthew Cusick:
Antique maps pieced together to create phenomenal collages and paintings by Matthew Cusick

Serge Mendzhiyskogo:
Cityscapes presented through a collage of hundreds of photo pieced together, created a surreal, abstracted perspective.


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You guys can consider yourself lucky that I have a (and have had a perpetual) headache, which is impeding my desire to write some long thoughts on the meanings of all of this pattern mixing and abstractions in fashion, art, etc. So, in short, it makes me think of the chaos and uncertainties of life; how often we feel many things at once, and our lives and relationships and wants and desires can often tend to be more complex, layered, and not as cut and dry as we would like to think. The paths to the things we desire can often and easily veer into uncertain territory, especially Right Now. But, the thing is, that often it’s the complexities and layers of life, the crazy and convoluted journeys we take, that make life so wonderful and beautiful if you can step back and appreciate it as such. Perhaps this thought has been absorbed into society, the fear and beauty of it expressed in our clothes, on our walls, or on our floors as a sort of acceptance of uncertainty. A sort of heart on our sleeve expression of our frustrations turned into something beautiful. Perhaps it will linger as a mark in design history of these feelings.