Category Archives: Collage

Mary Delany (1770 – 1788)

Watercolor with other paints and colored pencils is the standard medium for botanical illustrations.  But in the late 18th century Mary Delany began making cut paper collages or ‘mosaicks’ as she called them.  She would cut minute pieces of paper and stick them to a solid black background. To create shading and depth smaller pieces were layered over larger ones with some parts enhanced with watercolor.  After making nearly a thousand of these masterpieces failing eyesight prevented her adding to the collection.  In 1896 much of her work was donated to the British Museum where they can be viewed here in their online collection.

Taku Bannai

Love the feeling of open space and solitude in these very peaceful minimalist illustrations by Japanese artist Taku Bannai.  Born in Tokyo the artist graduated from Tama Art University and MJ Illustration School.  His illustrations are collaged together using colored paper cut into simple figures and scenes.  The texture and layering of the different papers gives his work a deep fragile quality.You can follow the artist on his website, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Taku Bannai.

Natalie Ciccoricco

Found these on This is Colossal one of our favorite go to source for talents. These ‘Nesting’ series of artwork is the creation of California-based artist Natalie Ciccoricco who embroiders lengthy colorful stitches with twigs mounted on handmade paper.  The Dutch born mix media designer creates collages and illustrations with the use of embroidery thread in combination with other materials such as old books, magazines, photographs, natural objects and other ephemera. She draws inspiration from her dreams, nature, arts, literature and my travels. In her bio she says this about her work: 

“CREATING ART IS A FORM OF MEDITATION TO ME”

“First, I take my time picking out my materials. I carefully prepare them for embroidery and select the different colors of thread I will use. My favorite part is the stitching itself, as it slowly reveals what the piece will look like. 

The repetition of the motions is a very calming process. Even though I always have an idea in my mind of the end result, the finished piece can be quite surprising.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of her artwork is available for purchase on her website shop.

Images:  Courtesy of Natalie Ciccoricco.