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Collage Elements and Process (anaglogue)

My process for creating the chine collé collages so far has gone something like this:

· Browse through magazines and coffee table books in my collection, pulling out images which catch my eye--without any real plan in mind;

· Look for patterns in the selections I have made: colour, texture, content, mood;

· Look at historical prints—in my printmaking books and in my memory—to see what catches my eye;

· Think about recurring themes in my recent work and the issues which dominate my thinking;

· Select images from my prints and photo collections which could act as subject matter for my collages…


The result of this process is a fairly coherent group of elements reflecting themes of loss and trauma, relational difficulties and responses to adversity. Images of eyes and angel wings came up in my exploration of historical printmaking. Portraits dominate my selection from recent work and photo collections. Red and red-orange hues and organic textures are a common theme in my found images from magazines, books and prints of my own.


Having gathered the basic elements for my collage I cut and tore them into useful sizes and shapes. I also scanned, resized and reprinted some of my photos and prints to make them more versatile. Now it’s time to arrange and re-arrange the elements on the page. The way images overlap and the balance of placement are all quite important in the final composition. I find that taking snaps of progress on my phone helps me to keep track of my choices and to see the bigger picture in my compositions.



Once I’m satisfied with the combination of images and layering, it’s time to photocopy the composition and reverse it to make a template for gluing on the press. Even though the rice glue used for the chine collé process can be reactivated with water, I need to think of the final step of gluing down the layers as being permanent. There is, however, the opportunity to fiddle and fix little errors in the adhesion of paper layers.

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