I loved making this collage using my collections of found papers and fabric.
I started off with an old school exercise book cover from the 1930’s. It was full of hand drawn maps. I added stitching to the map and some found vintage graph papers, aged canvas and a did a little hand drawing on tissue
The paper with one of the maps of Queensland Australia was very delicate, so I glued it down very carefully with archival gel medium. It’s a bit wrinkled but I don’t mind.
I added some fabric scrap from a vintage tablecloth depicting Australian wildflowers
Finally, I created little drawings all over the entire collage with pencils and ink pens
Playing with negative spaces was a challenge for me. Though both negative and positive spaces appear in everything, we usually only see positive space but, in creating artworks, both areas are just as important as each other.
I used many different types of found papers for this piece, including vintage wallpapers, dressmaking tissue, negative snowdrop designs from a punch glued down with matt gel medium and acrylic Gesso on a canvas board.
I used many layers of a poster I found on the ground in Paris with handmade painted papers and acrylic gel. I sanded in between leaving torn paper and scratches in areas. My interest in this piece is the quality of the surface. During the process I made marks with permanent pens and acrylic paints. Gluing on torn papers and tearing off with sanding.
When I travel I love to photograph graffiti and other interesting walls and doorways . Europe has some amazing street art, while, my hometown in Melbourne, Australia, is known as one of the world’s great street art capitals for it’s street art and graffiti. Street Art Melbourne