Category Archives: Collage

Clare Youngs

Clare Youngs trained as a graphic designer who worked in manufacturing, mainly in packaging design. Since childhood has enjoyed making beautiful handcrafted objects working with paper and fabric. She is also a craft author whose books are available in craft and book stores. The artist moved from London and now lives and works in Broadstairs, on the beautiful coast of Kent. On Fishink blog she says this about herself: 

“When I can, I enjoy escaping to my studio to work on one off pieces. I have collected ephemera since I was a child and utilize vintage labels and paper in my pieces. When working with fabric I like to recycle and love to give a new lease of life to something old.”

You can follow the artist on her website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Clare Youngs.

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.