Friday, June 24, 2011
I got the same privilege last Saturday!
For the last two years or so, I've been a big fan of Randel Plowman. Perhaps you've heard this name before; if you're in the collage world I have no doubt that you know his name. He is the author/curator of "Masters: Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists", which came out last June (here's the link).Or maybe you've seen his blog "A Collage a Day", which has been featured in many magazines. That's how I found him - in "How". He was a featured Website in that magazine back in 2009.
So, imagine my delight when Randel set up a collage workshop right here in Fond du Lac. Yeah, little ol' Fondy was privy to a world-class artist!
We had about 15 people sign up, which was perfect. There was a great mix of artists of all ages (all women, surprisingly) who unleashed their inner (or outer!) collage artist. I'm not going to give away much of what we did in class - you'll have to take Randel's class to find out! :D But I will tell you that a few of the exercises had me a little stressed out.
Take, for example, that pile of scraps that you see above. What was I supposed to do with THOSE?!? I mean, there's nothing workable th.....
Oh yeah, there is! Oh, and that would look good there! And, well, this piece fits here!
And before you know it, I had six mini-collages. All from scraps that I thought couldn't be salvaged. :D Here are a few of those collages:
We also learned some new adhesive techniques, and here is my collage from that experiment:
And finally, we learned some image transfer tips. Here is the collage that I made using my new-found abilities:
What a fantastic way to spend the afternoon! I know everyone had a marvelous time and I think Randel enjoyed himself too. It was such a pleasure to finally meet the artist behind the work I've admired and which has been an inspiration to me for half my collage career.
Thank you, Randel, for showing me that I need to save my "unusable" scraps! :D