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Who Needs to Paint When You’ve Got Beautiful Pieces of Paper?

Maria Berrio collage

While perus­ing Design*Sponge the oth­er day, I was intro­duced to the work of Maria Berrio. Imme­di­ate­ly, I was struck by her col­lage style—the intox­i­cat­ing col­li­sion of col­or and tex­ture paired with allur­ing fig­ures in curi­ous envi­ron­ments.

Dri­ven by her “native South Amer­i­can influ­ences” as well as liv­ing in Brook­lyn, New York, she cuts and shreds paper into the large-scale por­traits. “I usu­al­ly find inspi­ra­tion by going for a real­ly long walk through New York City,” Maria told Annie Werbler on Design*Sponge. “The elec­tric­i­ty of this city, the mish­mash of cul­tures and class­es, the hoards of inter­est­ing peo­ple doing inter­est­ing things in a dynam­ic city of filth and shim­mer­ing beau­ty — that is what inspires me.”

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Collage, Illustration

Cut Paper Collages Enhanced with the Power of a Pen

Irene Servillo illustration

For the past week, I’ve con­tin­u­al­ly admired the cut paper illus­tra­tions of Irene Servil­lo. It might come as no surprise—after all, her work is craft­ed out of col­lage, my favorite medi­um. Using cut paper and draw­ing, Irene cre­ates styl­ized fig­ures and sce­nes by employ­ing col­or­ful, eye-pleas­ing shapes that inter­min­gle through­out the com­po­si­tion.

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration
Collage

Charming Travel Collages Showcase the Bold Beauty of the Pacific Northwest

Clover Robin travel collage

Do you take a sketch­book with you when you trav­el? Clover Robin does… and then some—she col­lages her adven­tures! The Lon­don-based illus­tra­tor and pat­tern design­er recent­ly cre­at­ed a bevy of col­laged imagery from her road­trip through the West and Paci­fic NW of the Unit­ed States and Canada. Using tex­tured paper and bold shapes, she assem­bled the giant Red­wood trees, the lakes of Ore­gon, and desert in Nevada. It’s a great way to com­mem­o­rate her trip, and impres­sive, too, cre­at­ing the­se detailed paper pieces as her vaca­tion was hap­pen­ing.

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover is also in the midst of creating a floral alphabet!

Floral alphabet by Clover Robin

Floral alphabet by Clover Robin

Floral alphabet by Clover Robin

Clover Robin travel collages
Collage, Illustration

Charming Cut Paper Illustrations Strike a Balance of Bold and Intricate

Stephanie Wunderlich

Illus­tra­tor Stephanie Wun­der­lich com­pos­es charm­ing sce­nes from cut paper. The styl­ized fig­ures, land­scapes, and objects occu­py com­po­si­tions like a Cubist paint­ing, bal­anc­ing shapes and tex­tures in one eye-pleas­ing way. Despite their sim­plic­i­ty, Stephanie cre­ates a lot of depth and pep­pers her work with intri­cate details—look close­ly and you’ll see that there are tiny folds in shirts, bar­rettes in hair, and laces on shoes.

(The above illus­tra­tion recent­ly appeared in my week­ly hel­lo (newslet­ter)!)

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

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Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich
Collage

Mid-Century Inspired Collages Dazzle on Driftwood Pieces

Angie Lewin collage on driftwood

Angie Lewin collage on driftwood

Col­lage is known best as paper-on-paper cre­ations, but there are infinite pos­si­bil­i­ties with this tech­nique. Often, the mashup of two dis­parate ele­ments makes for the most excit­ing com­po­si­tions, as is the case with Ang­ie Lewin’s exquis­ite works. An illus­tra­tor, print mak­er, and pat­tern design­er, she uses pieces of drift­wood as the back­drop for her print­ed nature-themed imagery. Ang­ie is inspired by the Mid-cen­tu­ry mod­ern move­ment, and its crisp lines and strong shapes offer a strik­ing jux­ta­po­si­tion to the soft, uneven tex­tured sur­face of the wood.

The­se pieces were orig­i­nal­ly pro­duced as part of A Nat­u­ral Line at the York­shire Sculp­ture Park in 2014. But you can bet I’m keep­ing my eye out for more future works in this vein.

Angie Lewin collage on driftwood

Angie Lewin collage on driftwood

Here are some of Angie’s non-driftwood creations:

Angie Lewin

Angie Lewin

Angie Lewin

Angie Lewin

Angie Lewin

Angela Lewin collage on driftwood
Collage, How To

Behind the Scenes: Creating a Self Portrait of Cut Paper

If you fol­low me on Face­book, Twit­ter, Insta­gram, Pin­ter­est or Tum­blr, you might’ve noticed that I changed my avatar. After years of it being the same cut paper self­ie, I final­ly updat­ed my pic­ture with anoth­er col­laged por­trait. The tim­ing was intentional—I’m head­ed to ICON9 in a cou­ple of weeks and want­ed the image for new busi­ness cards.

While work­ing, I record­ed video and com­bined some of the clips into a 4-min­ute long com­pi­la­tion. It’s not every­thing I did when make cre­at­ing this por­trait, but it gives you a good idea of my process.

For tools, I use:

As far as paper goes, I gath­er from a lot of places. Kraft paper, water­col­or paint­ings, con­struc­tion paper, mag­a­zi­nes… it all goes in my giant col­lec­tion.

If you have any ques­tions about col­lage or my con­struc­tion tech­niques, let me know! I’d be hap­py to answer them.

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Collage

Cut Paper Portraits Illustrate Our Connectedness with the World at Large

Molly Costello cut paper

Illus­tra­tor Mol­ly Costel­lo crafts com­pelling por­trai­ture from cut paper. The exquis­ite compositions—powerful in their simplicity—are informed by her years “work­ing on urban youth pro­gram­ming around sus­tain­abil­i­ty and social injus­tice,” reflect­ing the themes she encoun­tered dur­ing that time: com­mu­ni­ty, strug­gle, love, and more. “Through my work I focus on ideas of con­nect­ed­ness,” she writes, “con­nect­ed­ness with our whole selves, with each oth­er, our com­mu­ni­ties, its sys­tems, the nat­u­ral world, and the ener­gy and divine of our uni­verse at large.”

Mol­ly sells prints of her work on Etsy!

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello
Collage, Illustration

Beautifully Arranged Paper Collages Offer a Curious Look at the Natural World

Chia-Chi Yu

Col­lage will always be a tech­nique that’s near and dear to my heart, because it’s my cho­sen way of (art) work­ing. Cre­at­ing in the same vein is Chia-Chi Yu, a Taipei-based illus­tra­tor who uses a myr­i­ad of tex­tured papers to cre­ate stun­ning land­scapes and feath­ery friends. I love how the papers are paired, which gives the com­po­si­tions a sense of struc­ture while also dis­tort­ing them. The slight­ly-abstract results are curi­ous and mar­velous places—just like the real world.

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu
Collage, Illustration

Lusciously-Textured Collages Inspired by Modern Artwork and Vintage Fashion

After Klimt

After Klimt

Alice Lind­strom cre­ates cut-paper col­lages that are packed with lus­cious col­ors and tex­tures. (I can’t help but be remind­ed of Eric Carle’s work.) One of my favorite of her series is The Push­pin Ladies, which is inspired by her love for “Mod­ern art move­ments and vin­tage fab­ric and fash­ion design.”

She con­tin­ues:

The project start­ed when I was brows­ing in a local vin­tage bou­tique named Push­pin Bou­tique and was struck by the over­lap between the dress­es dis­played in the store and mod­ern art move­ments.  I decid­ed to take the design of an exist­ing dress from the bou­tique and match the design to a world inspired by a famous paint­ing. The fin­ished col­lages were then dis­played at the bou­tique, beside the dress­es that had orig­i­nal­ly inspired them.

After Matis­se

After Rosseau

After Rosseau

After Miro

After Miro

After Leger

After Leg­er

After Braque

After Braque

I’m a big fan of her sketchbook, too:

Alice Lindstrom

Alice Lindstrom

Alice Lindstrom

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Alice Lindstrom