Experimental Collage-Using Waste: Offcuts and Outlines. Learning from a TED Talk as part of the Textile Student Book Group

Morris (2020) Sketchbook Collage Work  using painted acrylic offcuts and black marker pen outlines on white paper to highlight natural surface qualities

I had watched the brief TED Talk by Dustin Yellin as part of the Textile Student Book Group. I was struck by how a chance coincidence altered his creative practice. The artist had started off exploring collage in resin when a bee stuck to the resin. Given the experimental nature of his creative practice he was sufficiently freed up to change direction and to incorporate animals into the resin through his classifications series.

Morris (2020) Sketchbook Collage Work  using painted acrylic offcuts and black marker pen outlines on white paper to highlight natural surface qualities

Justin Yellin was influenced by and responded to what was happening in process. I was keen to incorporate an increasingly experimental approach to my own creative practice and to learn from this artist. While completing several collage pieces with painted acrylic card and black marker pens I felt able to see new options. As I finshed I could recognise all the waste pieces or negative spaces which I had left behind. Instead of throwing them away I started to experiment with these odd shapes. In doing so I soon realised that I enjoyed this series of collage work more than my planned out series and I felt that I had achieved more impactful results for heat transfer printing.

Morris (2020) Sketchbook Collage Work  using painted acrylic offcuts and black marker pen outlines on white paper to highlight natural surface qualities
Morris (2020) Sketchbook Collage Work  using painted acrylic offcuts and black marker pen outlines on white paper to highlight natural surface qualities

This experience and the learning gleaned from it has taught me to be less planned, more spontaneous and adventurous, of not rejecting any outcomes and leaving myself open to what presents itself within the creative process. I was able to recognise what worked best in terms of the most successfully drawn line against the white space to painted acrylic texture and colour ratio through practice-trial and error, experimentation and hard work.

Morris (2020) Sketchbook Collage Work  using painted acrylic offcuts and black marker pen outlines on white paper to highlight natural surface qualities

From drawing and sketching more as well as using collage I have increasingly simplified my use of line. I aim to develop such simplified line with a range of media including newsprint, text, different textural elements and surfaces.

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