Tuesday, 11 June 2013

GUEST POST: Collage Art on Etsy.

Collage, from the French: coller, to glue, is a technique primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork results from the assemblage of several different parts, forms and textures, thus creating a new whole.

The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique become very popular in the early 20th century with artists such as Braque and Picasso.

Collages collect the individual character of different found objects and pictures to create an entirely new picture. This can be achieved by combining newspaper and magazine clippings, lace, packaging, paper tickets, posters, old post cards, bits of colored or handmade papers, sections of existing photographs and artwork all combined into a new artwork.

Collage is still very popular today. Many contemporary artists still use scissors and glue to create their collages while others use modern digital photography software to create digital collages of digital pictures and scanned found material.

Pic 06: Ilustrado 42 by Rob
The end results can often be not only beautiful and interesting but also o surprising and surreal. Some can make you smile, others can make you cringe, some will take you back to a bygone era, others will take you into the future or a new world. You may like them or hate them but it is impossible to remain indifferent to these creations.

All pictures in this article are examples of only some of the most exciting collage artists on Etsy. You can find out more about them and their work there.

              Written by Pedro Vieira


Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Lovely picks Pedro!

vivienne strauss said...

Thank you so much for including me! A very nice post and glad to discovers some new artists and see some favorites as well.