Presenting 9 innovative and fun collage projects from professional collage artists, this book is a visually exciting class in one of the world most often used and admired art techniques. The beauty of collage art is its appeal and accessibility at every level of sophistication. Anyone from the hobbyist to the fine artist can use collage techniques to add creativity and dimension to their work. This book provides creative instruction and inspiration through a wide range of projects from nine collage artists.
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Jennifer Atkinson is the associate director of the Clark Gallery, an art and craft gallery located in Lincoln, Massachusetts. While there, she has co-curated such shows as The Found Object, a group exhibition of artists using found and recycled materials, Rooms with Views: Body/Nature/Culture/Politics, work in all media addressing topical issues, and Second Chance, a group exhibition of artists using found and recycled material at the Recycle Gallery of Industrial Art. Atkinson has also served as director of corporate art programs at the Copley Society of Boston, and has published numerous reviews for Art New England magazine.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Collage had a long, vital history as a folk art before it emerged as a fine art in the twentieth century. In Europe, Asia, and the Americas, all kinds of everyday materials were transformed into mementos and decorations: pictures made of matchsticks, straw, butterfly wings, or feathers; portrait silhouettes cut carefully from paper and framed; fancy paper Valentines garnished with bits of lace and cutout papers; and pressed flower arrangements... Collage continues to appeal to professional artists, and amateurs as well, because it presents a personal, spontaneous way of working with materials that are easy to obtain...As you will see, the creative possibilities of working with collage are infinate.
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