Thursday, April 7, 2011

I have a confession to make....

Hello dear readers,

I have a confession to make - I am in a Nyquil fog today.  I haven't been feeling the best so I took some Nyquil last night - I did indeed sleep through the night but WOWZERS - this time it took some brain cells away!  As the saying goes, "I got nothin'".

So what does one do when they don't "got nothin'"?  If you are me, you pass the buck.  So that is what I intend on doing in this post - I'm going to pass the buck to other fabulous collage artists who have caught my eye lately. 

"No Fly" by Jim Kaufmann
 First up is Jim Kaufmann.  I discovered Jim through W5RAn and immediately loved his work.  This collage here, entitled "No Fly", was recently posted on the site and it's one of my favorites.  It incorporates everything I love about collaging with ephemera - great subject, truly vintage paper, use of found objects (like the screen), which normally would be thrown out - and the colors.  I am a HUGE fan of muted grays and dusty whites and black.  I also love the tiny bits of red interspersed in the piece.  It's a great example of why we Ephemeraologists have a hard time throwing things away - look what scraps can do!  :D

"Stopftwist Cotton Box" by Sara Bridgland
 Next up in my newest faves is Sarah Bridgland.  I found Sarah via other posters on Pinterest and once again - INSTANT OMG!  I love artists like Sarah because just viewing her work inspires me and re-energizes my art brain.  The piece here, called "Stopftwist Cotton Box", is one of the coolest artworks I've seen in a long time.  I can't tell if Sarah used tiny pins or if these are just tiny snippets cut out of old magazines, but isn't this marvelous?!

"Brand Recognition" by Greg Lamarche
 The last stop on the collage love train today is Greg Lamarche.  Greg is one of those collagists who is also a brilliant illustrator.  He combines fonts and art in the coolest way!  Take this piece here, called "Brand Recognition".  I love how tiny snippets of different ads or product packaging were used to make this piece and wouldn't you know it, you CAN recognize a lot of the brands!  It's colorful, fun and interesting to look at.

Thanks for taking this mini gallery tour with me! The next time you're in a "Nyquil fog" and you're feeling uninspired, take a trip through the Interwebs for new ideas via new (to you) artists - you'll never be disappointed!  :D


  1. What a great idea! Except that if I'm foggy, I'll never remember it...

    Nyquil always reminds me of Sue Grafton's PI Kinsey Millhone - when she comes down with a cold, she looks forward to Nyquil in authorized legal doses. There's a lovely description of her taking a shot of Nyquil and shuddering as it goes down, but I can't remember which book it's in at the moment.

    Anyway, I hope you feel better soon!

  2. Great story, Ann - thanks! :D I did feel better enough to enjoy the afternoon and snag me some new ephemera! :D