Monday, November 10, 2008

tina's whimsy revisited

I have always been an artist. Before I fell in love with photography, I tried a bit of many mediums. Drawing, watercolor, rubber stamp art, decoupage, assemblage, jewelry design, and my eventual favorite, collage.

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Dream a Little Dream, 2.5" x 3.5" - ACEO Collage, Open Edition
Love Many Things, 4" x 10" - Original Collage on Canvas Board

Techniques of collage, were first used at the time of the invention of paper in China around 200 BC. The use of collage, however, remained very limited until the 10th century in Japan, when calligraphers began to apply glued paper, using texts on surfaces, when writing their poems.

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The Wild Joys of Living, 8" x 10" - Original Collage on Canvas Board
Inspire, 2.5" x 3.5" - ACEO Collage, Open Edition

The technique of collage appeared in medieval Europe during the 13th century. Gold leaf panels started to be applied in Gothic cathedrals around the 15th and 16th centuries. Gemstones and other precious metals were applied to religious images, icons, and also, to coats of arms.

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Retro Green Girl - 11 x 14 collage on canvas board
Life Requires Beauty - 2.5 x 3.5 ACEO Collage, Open Edition

In the 19th century, collage methods also were used among hobbyists for memorabilia (i.e. applied to photo albums) and books (i.e. Hans Christian Andersen, Carl Spitzweg).

The term collage derives from the French "coller" meaning "glue". This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.[1]

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Ladies Bingo Night - 4 x 5 collage on canvas board
We Can Claim Ruffles all for Ourselves, 10" x 10" - Original Collage on canvas

I used to offer my collage work in an Etsy shop, known as tina's whimsy. I sold a handful of my items in the two years that the shop was alive online but then I discovered I was spending far more time trying to sell and less and less on the process of creation. And so I stopped altogether--the selling and the creating.

The pieces displayed in this post are a handful of my collage works from 2004-2007. I plan to begin some new work in 2009, and would love your comments on these. Let me know if you'd like to see more and I will include them in a future post...thanks!

[1] Wikipedia 2008.

collages displayed are all copyright tina's whimsy 2004-2007.


kim* said...

simply amazing :)

Leah said...

love collage. i love it. i never tire of looking at what people put together. it never, ever gets old to me.

Pfeiffer Photos said...

kim* - thanks!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

leah: I do, too. It's such a refreshing medium because of all the ways it can occur...depending on the person who creates it. :0)

juliette c. said...

The ACEO collages you posted are really stunning!!
I love them!
maybe you can help me: I am looking for an online shop on something similar. If you have something to suggest me, please do it!!!
thank you

blackfeatherfarm said...

I'm a collage crazy gal !

Liz said...

these are just TOO fun.

Pfeiffer Photos said...

juliette: Thanks for the comment on my art. Not sure what you mean by your question...perhaps you can email me and explain and I can try to help with your request.

Pfeiffer Photos said...

blackfeather: Me, too...mine and others!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

liz: Thanks, I had fun creating them!

Cate Holst said...

You should keep going with your collage work, it's beautiful

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