Collage and Creases

Initial thoughts – Attention to detail would prove challenging. Torn pieces of paper to achieve accuracy?

Working in colour (personal preference). Skilled in colour use. Certainly with the fan and feather sweater collage I considered a paint palette in front of me complete with oil paint. The basic palette of Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow and Pthalo Blue. All these colours found in the fan and feather Collage. “An overall Palette” taken in its literal sense. The overall effect being of beige, with red white and blue when viewed from a slight distance. More of an interpretation of the chosen textile than a direct representation.

The fairisle sweater collage, deciding to place the emphasis more on drape and embellishment, had  a limited colour scheme. Aiming for a direct representation. Well thought out, as it did not distract from the concept. (Blue, Light Blue, Old Gold and Dark Brown.)

With a limited colour palette, this I consider to be the strongest piece. The use of light and dark paper placement to suggest form through undulation and drape, executed to a high level. A piece of which I am most proud.

Kitchen paper proved invaluable as a source of paper, application on to previously placed coloured papers, acting as a dimmer. Taking the edge off the previously placed coloured paper and also in the creation of highlights. Tissue paper, old maps, glossy magazine pages, cellophane, foil wrappings and brown paper were also used.

I had considered recycling old art work, it became apparent that it wouldn’t be necessary though. A good decision.

Colour of base paper was not a concern as I had planned to cover it completely. Certainly with the unfinished sweater, to extend past the perimeter of the base paper was vital in capturing the loose ends of yarn, unfinished qualities. Characteristics of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic.

Manipulating papers through twisting, layering, twisting then tearing suggesting both tight and loose stitching. Perspective considered. Large pieces in the foreground, smaller and distorted further back, to create a sense of depth and the drape of the fabric with the effects of such on the surface pattern. Creating a sense of 3 dimensionality.

Overall an extremely successful exercise. A refresher, when revisiting collage after twenty years. A technique I plan revisit often, especially in sketchbook work, to capture observations quickly and effectively.

In hindsight, a coloured base paper representing the chosen textiles main colour could have benefited the fan and feather sweater. Slightly overworked, with a base colour coming through, sense of depth/ 3 dimensionality could have been achieved with considerably less paper applied. Less is more. This being one of the strengths of the fairisle sweater collage.

The success of the collages meant that two were sufficient to meet the brief.

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