Today, I’m very excited to share with you all a taste of my poetry and collage art. I’ve been wanting to post some creative writing for awhile now, but haven’t felt inspired in forever and didn’t want to force anything. As for the art portion, I frequently use Photoshop and Polyvore out of convenience for product compilations, but whenever I feel truly motivated I sit down and create things by hand.
I wrote the poem last week, and finally found time yesterday to make a collage based off of it. With basic themes and ideas in mind, I went to work sifting through magazine tears, three-dimensional embellishments, and instant photos that I’d taken to ensure a really unique composition. It definitely didn’t turn out the way I thought it would (and I’m not sure it fits the poem perfectly) but I still like it strangely enough. I hope to expand on this writing-inspired mixed media art in the near future, so…
Let me know what you all think, I’d love to hear thoughts, feelings, et cetera.
I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed and uninspired lately due to my heavy school workload. But now with my very own Etsy vintage store on the horizon and a new collection of beautiful buttons (I’m a collector!), I feel a bit rejuvenated.
Today, my mom and I visited Britex Fabrics, which was having their annual 30% off sale on the entire store. Naturally, it seemed like the perfect time to go crazy on the Notions floor. I love buying button grab bags (and Britex’s were only $5!) since you never know what’s inside. They’re great for projects, crafts, and collage, in addition to the obvious use for clothes. I also found some vintage-looking buttons that resembled fine jewelry; they’re almost too pretty to use, and will serve me well just for inspiration. My new coin purse is making me very happy these days as well; when I spotted its multicolored sequins, gold thread, and adorable flowers from afar at Paper Source last week, I knew instantly that I had to buy it.
There’s something avant-garde about this photo shoot that really catches my attention. Subtle religious undertones are enhanced slightly by the surreal quality of the images. It’s not the fashions per se that are experimental, just the ideas: the way they’re composed, the settings they’re placed in, the story they tell. I love the unexpected elements of collage and splashes of prints paired with the models’ apathetic stares.
Collage is my favorite medium to work with, so when I saw this Alexis Bittar campaign I was absolutely blown away. Cross-laden baubles, neon bangles, and shiny S&M-inspired chokers and cuffs are juxtaposed with black and white photos, made-up mannequins and picturesque imagery. It doesn’t feel overdone or overworked; it’s simple and colorful in all the right places, with interesting compositions that draw the eye.
I am officially obsessed with these Thai Marbled Mulberry Papers, which I discovered while browsing the online selection of supplies offered by Dick Blick Art Materials. I’ve always loved marbleized paper, but with their swirled striations, exciting pops of color, and gold leaf detailing, these take the craft to a whole new level. Though I would most likely use them for my collages, they would make for gorgeous gift wrap, or even as works of art framed on the wall!
(Photos, via Dick Blick)