The Game of Mind and Scissors

The word “collage” has a French origin from “colle”, that means glue. Oxford Dictionary defines collage as the art of making a picture by sticking pieces of coloured paper, cloth or photographs onto a surface; a picture that you make by doing this.

Multitasking, 2016. Playing with colours

Multitasking, 2016. Playing with colours

 

During 1930s, Henry Matisse applied this art technique by cutting different shapes out of paper and using those in other media. In 1947 he published a small portfolio consisting of twenty samples of his cutout designs. Matisse interpreted the cutting process as “drawing with scissors” giving the two-dimensional art a new structure.

Henri Matisse French, 1869-1954 Color stencil after collage and cut paper. Source: www.artnet.com

Henri Matisse French, 1869-1954 Color stencil after collage and cut paper. Source: www.artnet.com

 

The dadaists – offsprings of an European avant-garde art movement in the early 20th century – became great exploiters of the collage technique and as no one else before and after took a great advantage of its potential for abstraction and simplicity breaking their own original context.

Herbert Bayer – Lonesome City Dweller. Using their favourite tools, scissors and glue, the artists made photomontages, with real or reproduced photographic images taken from the press. Source: http://www.widewalls.ch/dada-collage-readymade/

Herbert Bayer – Lonesome City Dweller. Using their favourite tools, scissors and glue, the artists made photomontages, with real or reproduced photographic images taken from the press. Source: http://www.widewalls.ch/dada-collage-readymade/

 

Painting has never been any of my talents but I find a great amusement in collage art, where I can experiment with papers, lines, shapes, colours and different media. Preferably I work with fashion magazines, where I instinctively find pieces that might create a good assemblage. It is something what gives me inner peace and trains my sence of colour and style at the same time.

Multitasking, 2016.

Multitasking, 2016.

One morning two years ago, I all of a sudden felt an invincible desire to cut and just grabbed a pair of scissors and started creating something I had no clue about.

My first collage with the text "The work makes me feel normal", ca 2014

My first collage with the text “The work makes me feel normal”, ca 2014

At such moment I can be Dior, Vionnet, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Lee Miller or anyone I want – I simply leave the reality and relax. In my view, it is of great importance to have an occupation, where you can disconnect yourself from the rest of the world, by letting your mind use its own wings and your imagination flow in its own direction. As Shakespeare would probably rephrase it, “I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it.”

Who am I? Stockholm 2015

Who am I? Stockholm 2015

About TheStyleFibula

I am a lawyer, who all of a sudden has become a fashion and marketing student at Stockholm Business School. This is my free space, where I let my inner inspiration create a symbiosis with a genuine passion for art, scientific curiosity for fashion and profound interest in the anthropology of style.

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