Tag Archives: #collage

Tom Abbiss Smith

Tom Abbiss Smith is an illustration graduate from Norwich University of the Arts, UK.  He explores shape and form to produce abstract designs and illustrations that are frequently applied as surface pattern design to clothing, homeware products, packaging, posters and accessories. On an interview with Find Liaison he says this about inspiration: 

“It’s probably going to sound very cliche, but everything I see around me on a daily basis. If you really look around you and observe, there are beautiful textures, shapes, colors, etc. everywhere. I love that there is the possibility to reappropriate all of these things into artwork. Nature is perhaps the most prominent inspiration to my work, however. There’s so much variation when looking at it, and that excites me a lot.”


You can view more of his work on his website, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Tom Abbiss Smith.

Raku Inoue


Admiring this series of handmade insect collages created by Montrial-based illustrator, artist and designer, Raku Inoue.  The artist created his “Natura Insects” series with seasonal materials influenced by one of the principles of Ikebana to use materials that are abundant and at hand. On Treehugger he explains his work as follows: 

“But especially for this type of work, the goal is to not overthink, to try to create in a very natural way. When I work with different publicity agencies, they often have a specific direction that they want me to take. So I just came up with this exercise to make me to be more apt to create in a more spontaneous way. Often the best work is done when going with the flow.”

More of his work can be seen on Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Raku Inoue.

Helen Ahpornsiri

Admiring the intricate collages created by England based artist, Helen Ahpornsiri.  She studied illustration  at the university but was inspired by paper cutting and collage which led her to experiment with fern collage.  The images are made by using only pressed flowers, petals, stems and leaves.  The pressed pieces are cut and delicately positioned to create the illustrations.

More of her work can be seen on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  Prints of these illustrations can be purchased here on her Etsy shop.

Images:  Courtesy of Helen Ahpornsiri.