I challenged my self to create a collage with colors I wouldn’t typically use. I added to that that the finished product had to fill the whole page. To start, I cut 1/4″ pieces of brightly colored pieces of paper and wove them together. I liked it, but wanted to do more. It felt too static. I started playing with potential layouts digitally. I created a whole series – iterating on various concepts looking for one that felt balanced and engaging.
I didn’t love any of them. So I started experimenting with layouts directly on the page. I never really found a collage that I loved.
BUT. In this experimenting, I ended up with with this digital layout that I do love. The only issue was that it didn’t use the weaving.
I loved the organic, floral shape as the primary focus. It’s simple and just feels right to me.
So, in addition to continuing to experiment with the weaving, I also created a version of the simpler piece and have a whole collection of them planned (yay!).
From that original experiment, I ended up somewhere totally unplanned. There are elements of the weaving that I will use in future collages – the delicate nature of the pieces, some of the colors. Plus I created the simple floral collage. On the surface, it doesn’t look very connected to challenge or the weaving. I love that they’re directly related, though.