I chose to go to an American collage artist whom I had been following for sometime on PInterest…Donna Watson. The title of the workshop was “Collage in the Spirit of Wabi Sabi”. This was perfect for me as for some time I had been drawn to that Japanese aesthetic. It is a way of looking at the world, accepting the beauty of imperfection, transience and impermanence. I recommend the book “ The Japanese Art of Impermanence “ by Andrew Jupiter.
To generate material to use in the collages we used Gelli plates to print onto any ephemera that we had brought, but also beautiful handmade papers such as Tengucho, Chiri, Unryu : some were fine, some had texture. It was interesting watching people’s personal colour palettes develop as the week went on. Donna gave us some guiding principles as to different layouts we might adopt to construct our collages, but from then on we worked individually. Donna came to the rescue with various possibilities for piece placement if something wasn’t working, but in general it seemed to come together in the end.
Donna was generous in sharing her work with us, they were 10” x 10” immaculately presented collages on a firm backing. See her work on my pinterest page:
Below are some photos taken in the class, and after them is a link to my printmaking page where there aare collages that I subsequently produced at home.