May 8, 2009

What a collage!

Dear Justin,

First I would like to tell you how inspiring your collage works are to me and I would love to hear your stories on them and also your own collage making process. Let's start with the questions, shall we?

1. I used to know collage when I start making zines, therefore my understanding of collage is like a paper art. But then as time goes by I notice that apart from paper there are many other material we can use. How about you and collage in general, how did it start?
When I was very young my mom owned her own nursery and florist shop where I would spend a lot of time in the back watching her create the most amazing arrangements. I would sit for hours drawing pictures,screwing around with all her supplies and using her glue gun to make monsters out anything I could get my hands on. I've all ways loved books and magazine and National Geographic was one of favorites.Combining the different types of materials just seemed natural to me, for example my mom would make these beautiful dried flower arrangements and use real insects to add that special detail.I think her influence still comes through in my work today.

2. So when you start to combine paper and other materials together in making a collage? Are there many trial and errors first before you nail them?
Each piece takes a bit of engineering ,specially with the amount of layering that I do. At times I will get a snapshot in my head of how a piece may look and I'll make a small sketch to work from. Some things work others don't,that's half the fun... how can I attach this to that?

3. One most awesome part about your collages to me is those layers and layers of materials that creates one big stories like on your Harbinger and Graft VS Host. How do you deal with those many paper layers so that they stick really good and strong together?
Glue,nails,string,wire,tape,staples,more glue... what ever works.

4. Apart from paper, are there any other materials that you've tried and how do they go?
I am of the school that nothing should be off limits as far as materials go. My pallet is 95% found objects. I am an artistic omnivore. A lot of time I am inspired by the objects I collect.

5. Is there any special tips that you would like to share if someone would like to make one too?
Tips... dive in and don't be afraid to try using different materials.

6. Anything else that you would like to share with us like your shop, online gallery, flickr, etc?
My web site is under construction and should be ready in the next few weeks.You can see all my latest work on my flickr page You can also follow me at

Thank you so much, Justin! For sharing all these and being so inspiring,



Jeanne Selep said...

This sentence is so true for me as well: "A lot of time I am inspired by the objects I collect."
Thank you for sharing the collage art.

vantiani said...

Glad you find him as inspiring as I am, Jeane:)

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