I loooooooveee collage! When I saw that Gladstone was offering a collage class I jumped at the opportunity! Because 1: Collage is AWESOME and I have always wanted to learn the tricks of the trade. & 2: Hanging out in the Gladstone is seriously the coolest. There’s wine there, the most inspiring architecture, decor, art galleries.. seriously, what more could you want? Not to mention their completely unique artist designed hotel rooms– #goals.
I just love juxtaposing visuals that don’t belong together. I love art that is a little bit mind-bending, surreal and grabs hold of your imagination.
This is one of the first collages that really made me appreciate collage- this image turned into countless nights of “just one more pin”..
A few collage artists I love:
I found out about the class from the Gladstone Hotel Instagram account- they actually offer lots of really great classes- a part of their GetSchool’d workshop series. Get with it. No, I don’t work there.. but I should. Actually, a life goal is to design a room there. Wait for it.
The instructor for the class was Danielle Cole, aka @GirlsandDinosaurs– and this lady is a GEM.
Danielle is a Toronto collage artist from who creates collages filled with humour; robots encountering animals, strange creatures speaking in tongues, out of control white picket fences and most recently, the explorations overly confident women, dinosaurs and domestic accoutrement.
I fell in love with her series of domesticated birds in fancy vintage homes. Her precision and attention to detail is extraordinary. (Seriously guys, just try cutting out bird legs.. )
And look at this photo she posted the other day of a work in progress- the SIZE is incredible!
The class size was small, so it’s a really intimate experience- Danielle was able to answer all of our questions and she showed us the ropes & taught us all the basics for cutting & pasting- with all the supplies readily available for everyone to use (including her totally priceless stacks of vintage National Geographics, Space textbooks, Dinosaur books, Deep Sea books + more).
She also gave us a few REALLY great tips.
Tip #1: cut all your white space before you cut the edges. (DUH!) Anybody else remember in public school how cutting around your object was the first thing you instinctively did? Nu uh. Get dat whitespace.
Tip #2: Find images that share a colour story to make it look like the items belong. If you look at her work, she practices this a lot. Like the chairs in her bird images have similar colour tones to the birds themselves- making it seem almost as if they belong there.
And I’m sure you’re DYING to see what I’ve done with what I’ve learned ;)!
This was an old record.. in preparation for the class I grabbed a PILE of them from a local thrift shop. Old records=awesome vintage imagery. I tried to maneuver the under water scene to look like he still had his eye. I also added the mountains to the bottom and all those cutie urchins.. and you’ll notice a sneaky bird off to the left- using Danielle’s colour trickery ;)!
This one is a work in progress. I cut out those vintage plants from an AMAZING Value Village book haul. That monstera leaf plant was definitely a sit in my cozies with lots of tea and take my time project. I’m currently still looking for appropriate frames for these guys- I’ve got a few of them! Keep you updated on how they pan out.
Here’s another idea I was playing around with. Using glass frames to create a 3D-like collage. (& how about that combing her hair in the tropical jungle swinging plant babe?)
Lastly, let me know if you have any questions about the class be sure to leave them below!