“For many artists, the search for ideal images and the process of cutting – guiding the scissors, deliberately cutting out images or fragments from their original context – is the true creative process, and it cannot be replaced by working at a computer.”
(Silke Krohn in ‘The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art’)
All of my collages are handmade, using paper, scissors, and glue. I only use a computer to scan the finished collages.
I am constantly on the lookout for raw material and I enjoy finding ‘Urban Debris’ – unwanted leftovers of everyday life. I especially like old books salvaged from the trash.
For me, looking for material, categorizing it, and choosing pictures for a collage is at least as important for the creative process as cutting out and combining the pictures in a collage.
Q: Do you use photoshop to make your collages?
A: No, I only use a computer to scan the finished collages.
Q: How can you be so patient and not get frustrated with cutting out tiny pieces?
A: Actually it relaxes me a lot. I’ve always liked fiddly manual work.
Q: Wouldn’t making the collages on the computer give you more freedom and possibilities?
A: It would, and that’s exactly why I don’t do it. It would spoil all the fun for me. I like working with the physical boundaries of the found material. The possibility to just search and use every picture on the internet, several times, in every possible size, would extremely stress me out and I wouldn’t get anything done. Plus I enjoy working with my hands (not a mouse) and not staring at a screen. Not to mention that I’m much more skilled with scissors than the lasso tool in photoshop.
Q: How long have you been making collages?
A: On a regular basis since 2011. But I already liked making art from discarded paper scraps in preschool. ;-)
Q: Do you sell prints?
A: Sure, just send me a message.
Q: Where do you get the pictures/raw material from?
A: Mainly from old books. I especially like to get them from “for free” boxes in the street, or from the second hand store of the Munich waste disposal company. So basically my favorite raw material is city waste. ;-)
Q: How do you find the pictures you need in your material collection?
A: My collection is sorted into several main categories (e.g. plants, landscapes) and sub categories (e.g. trees, flowers; sky, water, land). And yes, keeping the filing system in order is fun (for me).
Q: How long does it take you to make a collage?
A: If you only count cutting and pasting: sometimes a couple of minutes, sometimes a couple of hours. But for me the process begins already with looking for raw material, e.g. browsing for used books in second hand stores.
Q: Do you use a scalpel or scissors?
A: Mostly I use tiny scissors (straight skin scissors with a tower tip). For some reason I don’t like working with a scalpel.
Q: What kind of glue to you use?
A: A removable liquid glue that can be rubbed off. It’s actually intended for use in photo albums.