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I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for more than twenty years. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

More Thoughts on Collage

“It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.” -Jean-Luc Godard

Collage isn't simple "cut and paste" as some say. It's figuring out how to put the pieces together in the best way to say what you need to say at that moment in time.

It takes the same skill and knowledge as every other art form does. Playing. Experimenting. Asking questions. Exploring. Making and learning from mistakes. Pushing.

To dismiss it as being a purely simple art form diminishes what so many of us do. Any artist's work evolves and changes with time as much as we do on a human level. The more you work at something, the better you become at it. The more you show up for your work, the more you show up in your work.

Collage is not simple. It's the art of transformation. It's taking materials and tools and piecing them together in a way that creates something that never existed before. It's painting with paper. It's composing with paper and paste. It's sculpting and molding. It's all of this and so much more. 

“The beauty of the collage technique is that you’re using sounds that have never met and were never supposed to meet. You introduce them to each other, at first they’re a bit shy, clumsy, staring at their shoes. But you can sense there’s something there. So you cut and paste a little bit and by the end of the song you can spot them in the corner, holding hands.” -Jens Lekman


Lottie me said...

Your post is so true - particularly the last quote. I still read your blog - on a weekly basis at the moment as my time is spread so thinly. You continue to surprise and delight me every visit. Your posts are colourful and captivating, and I wish I could just transport myself across 'the pond' to attend some of your workshops.

Jenny Pesavento said...

hi kelly, i'm wondering where you find such gorgeous flowers to collage on your pages?

i love this post about collage....very true. thank you so much for the inspiration you share <3

Kelly Kilmer said...

@Lottie-thank you. <3.

@Jenny-Thanks for the kind words. I frequent used bookstores and I always make sure to check out the gardening section. :)

Tammy Shapiro said...

Amen! I love your work and adore collage! The process of taking things that do not belong together and making them into a separate whole is art...and collage is a very pure form of this process.

Thanks Kelly!!!