Angela M Bau

Mar 13, 2024 @ 3:45 PM

When my original went to the next collaborator, gesso was accidentally spilled onto it. Subsequent collaborators tried to recreate the original 3 scenarios on my triptych & embellished on that. When I received it back, I decided to go somewhat 3-D & start afresh.

When I received my original back, I decided to completely transform it, being inspired by world events that had transpired since we started this collage journey this year.

Hannele Rubin

Mar 10, 2024 @ 6:16 PM
The first three images are parts of my original collage (how it started). I sent off a map of signifiant events in my life, imagining my collaborators would add to the “conversation.” The fourth image is what came back to me. The fifth is what I’m sending back to HQ tomorrow.

Jan Kather

Mar 5, 2024 @ 9:53 AM
Mark Twain was firm on the matter [of smiling]: A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.

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Feb 27, 2024 @ 10:36 AM

my PCP13 Starter, an approx. 8×10 piece of mixed media(crayons/watercolors), is a segment of a larger piece that, over the years, i have been using to create art to be released into the wild, or as i call it, #ArtAdrift. it’s really cool to think that, somewhere on the planet, each person in possession of one of these works has a piece of something that makes up a greater whole. including one of these segments seemed especially in keeping w/what PCP is all about.

my PCP13 Starter came back totally transformed, having been fashioned into a collaged circle replete with, aided by the implementation of ball bearings, a spinning Lion in the center! fantastic! what seemed to be a Wheel Of Testament and Destiny needed only a few things to bring those perceived elements to the forefront: a proclamatory heart held in the Lion’s mouth along with its corresponding key, six innocent dragonflies along for The Ride, New Eyes and a lipsticked mouth to declare intent of that which has been bestowed, topped by a piece of glass, magnifying Where It All Began. my starter, being bereft of any annotation, i am unable to give credit where credit is due. this however, informed the making of the collage for the back, using the many addresses found all over the original, repurposed packing, thus solidifying the Connected-ness theme.

Danièle Colin

Feb 19, 2024 @ 10:19 AM

Hello, first of all thank you to my four partners in collage, @oliviabarratier_atelier , @joas.nebe , @booyakatopia , @keondanielmc . I enjoyed our collaboration on all five projects very much.

My starter : “tell me a story out of the blue” was full of surprises at every stage, ” a wandering concept”. Here’s how it finally turned out as I couldn’t help but be quite chatty picture-wise. I renamed it “Tend to your internal garden and make your escape” then added “What’s on the charming shores of your mind… Capturing the moment and navigating your thoughts to the sound of the crashing waves.” Thank you Marty for that privilege of being part of this great collage adventure. Looking forward to seeing every one’s participation.

Hello, here are the different stages of my starter, called “Tell me a story out of the Blue”.

Thank you Joas, Booyakatopia, Daniel and Olivia for your fun collaboration. Now it’s time for me to revisit and add my personal touch for the final project. Thank you Marty for all your help. I really enjoyed the whole process and working on those different collages. I learned a lot from all of you and am ready to start all over again !

Lisa McElroy

Feb 16, 2024 @ 4:45 PM
Final collage “Into the Woods.” Some of the six collaborative stages are shown, and the beginning. We had a group of six: Kim Cardoso, Celena Peet, Julie Blankenship, Maureen Manning and Johanna Norry. A thanks to everyone, and to Marty for helping us stay on schedule and for encouragement throughout. 🙂

Jennifer Roche

Feb 13, 2024 @ 10:34 AM
Big thanks to Andrea Lewicki and the Special Agent Collage Collective for launching and enthusiastically caring for this round-robin collaboration. The order of artists who worked on this piece are Jennifer Roche (@JRIllinois), Maria Arreb (@MariaArreb), Michelle L Miller (@mlmgraphic), Amanda Petrozzine (@OwlcatCollage), and Clover Krajicek (@Clover.Krajicek). Thank you also to everyone at Berkeley Commonplace for catalyzing this experience and art.

Nancy D. Brown

Feb 12, 2024 @ 12:49 PM
Thanks to all my collaborators for adding color, texture, form and concept to my starter collage. Although I excavated quite a bit, each person’s add triggered new ideas as I “discovered” the final story embedded in the work. I titled it “Splashdown!” because the guy in a “space suit” in a strange landscape and the burst of blue “parachute” to the right put me in mind of landing in a new and unexplored world. What a fun project! I was also inspired by the work of the others that passed through my hands.

cdw smith

Feb 11, 2024 @ 10:30 AM

A final piece from group 23! It seemed to develop around the idea of masking, armor, fencing, and protection — what do we need to protect? and what do we need to stay open to?

Another final piece from group 23. This one grew into something that looked like an “americana” theme (which could have been added to forever! but I had to stop somewhere!).

Susan Myrick

Feb 5, 2024 @ 5:22 AM

Orange is the new_________.

To me, it is important to begin this project with the conviction that “my way” is irrelevant. I am an abstract ‘artist’ (I use the word loosely); some members used literal images. This challenged me to to overcome my preferences. The result was truly enjoyable and will shape my personal collage work going forward.

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Jennifer Sabolcik

Feb 3, 2024 @ 6:31 AM
This is my final collage after adding a few minor marker and pencil touch ups. I love what everyone added! The colors and dynamic lines and textures are wonderful to me. The plastic baby in the eye is the “cherry on top”! I enjoyed this process including getting all the “surprises” in the mail when I received the other collages. Potential title, “New Parent Emotion Overload”? Also, my husband says the drawings remind him of Mr. Poopy Butthole on Rick & Morty. But the drawings are actually blind portrait drawings.

jessica furst

Jan 27, 2024 @ 9:10 PM

This is the final of the collage I started. It was nothing like I expected and was fun tying it all together at the end.

This is Barbara’s collage. It is definitely a culmination of the different styles in our group. I thought it needed a pop of color, so I added some straws to compliment the childlike feel of the parts

Karen Cornell

Jan 22, 2024 @ 3:14 PM

This was stage 2 from back in October. What I remember was thinking about consumers and consumption. It will be interesting to see how this evolves.

This was a very interesting and surprising collage to work on. I added some scrap fabric from one of my son’s baby pants and hid some beads under it. This was following in the descriptions from the previous artists. I was collaborator number 3.

Lucy Miller-Downing

Jan 21, 2024 @ 7:35 PM

About to mail this piece to its original creator, Evelyn Rojas! This whole process has been so rewarding, and I look forward to seeing my cohort’s final products

When I last saw this collage, it was empty except for this image of a woman I had found in an magazine from 1928. She was holding a camera, pointed at blank space. I asked my co-artists to imagine what this woman may see when she looks through the view finder. The end result is everything I hoped it would be.

Ben Hoz

Jan 21, 2024 @ 10:40 AM
This collage that came in a huge box was apparently a collection of minimum two starters. My brain could not figure out whose ones came from where. So, instead of taking it apart into the two starters i decided to pass it on and figured that anybody who sees something from thier starter can take it off for their final collage.

Betsy Kellas

Jan 19, 2024 @ 3:01 PM
When I received the collage from Becky it was a lot more colorful. (Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph it before I started making changes!) I like color, but I have a passion for monochromatic and neutral palettes. I immediately fell in love with the neutral colors and magnificent lines I saw underlying the entire piece, so I did some excavating. I removed almost all the color bits and added my own painted (neutral brown) cardboard pieces to the left side of the collage. Next, I went through the colorful parts I’d removed, selected some bits of color and pattern (including the exposed corrugated cardboard on the right), and repositioned them in the collage. Because of the wintery qualities of the piece, I extended the color bits beyond the edges of the rectangular format as “outliers” – visual metaphors hinting at the colors of spring and summer to come, but not yet “in the picture”.

Nancy D. Brown

Jan 19, 2024 @ 1:05 PM
Andrea’s starter collage 2.0, December 19, 2023—Andrea’s completely won me over to the security envelope patterns–such a rich source of pattern and energy! I also love grid patterns, so I included one here that was a scrap from my start. A couple of stylized figures with red legs/shoes, and I’m done!

Joas Nebe

Jan 16, 2024 @ 3:43 AM

My starter collage titled “two men watching the moon”, followed by Daniels “star man”. Daniele added “ladies in red on their way to the men watching the moon”. and finally me adding “and the moon has taken the shape of a celebrity.

Daniel´s starter collage. i couldn´t resist adding a London tour bus with an advertisement for xmas.

A take of a swan turned into booyakatopia and Daniel´s version. Finally Daniel called it “the hunter”. Daniele turned the swan into a 2photographers modell” and Olivia made the swan swallow a big piece of what?? I brought him back to the studio and started thinking about what he swallowed? Or was it a she?

Marcie Simon

Jan 11, 2024 @ 2:47 PM

5th Contributor to Helen’s collage themed “cool” Interpreted by adding cool colored petals to the main body and fan flanges. Green’s blues, indigo & violet. Additionally placed cool metallic discs to balance the body.

Final additions to my original collage. I repeated elements of colorful paper strips, metallic motifs and wood post. Added “The gift is community” to reinforce this as a collaborative project. Additions intended to bring disparate elements into a cohesive composition.

Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein

Jan 8, 2024 @ 3:41 PM

I forgot to take a “before” photo of Stephanie Miller’s collage, but you can try to picture it without the mushrooms I added.

I found Jaana’s collage a bit intimidating because the theme was so clear and consistent. I’m the end I added only some additional banding on two of the corners. (Yellow is one of my favorite colors and this collage makes me feel warm!)

Maureen Manning

Jan 7, 2024 @ 11:53 AM

Stage 5 of Julie Blankenship’s collage. I’ve added some monarch butterflies, people, an upside down coral fungus, and a finely cut wildflower.

Stage 6 of Johanna Norry’s collage. I added the three women, the hands on the mirror and a few more small pieces. It’s now back to Johanna for the final round.

Betsy Kellas

Jan 6, 2024 @ 3:14 PM

I really got into the piece Becky created and ended up expanding it quite a bit. I was fascinated by the shiny snakeskin around the big eye. I scanned and enlarged the eye (the shiny parts came out as blues, pinks and oranges) and then used the image and its “flip” to create a symmetrical background. I used Becky’s pink and orange hearts to make smaller pink and orange hearts and the shiny snakeskin to enhance the symmetry. I placed the eye front and center and I cut the 2023 sticker into separate numerals and spread them out in the area below the eye.

The collage I received from Arlene and Becky was especially challenging for me. It had many layers of diverse materials and I struggled to come up with something that might contribute to a visual or thematic unity. I finally decided to deconstruct it and use bits and pieces of the various materials and motifs to create a new piece. The new piece ended up being two pieces.

Julia Toal

Jan 6, 2024 @ 1:43 PM

When I received this collage, there were extra strips inside. I had the desire to make it more dimensional, creating little round circles that pop up from the page, with different textures below – like windows into the subconscious.

I wasn’t sure at first what to do with this collage – so much had already been done. Adding something to the flat parts seemed like overkill, everything I tried made it too “busy.” But the cut out parts looked like windows, and that gave me an idea. I had found little sayings someone else had wrote and hidden in a pocket in one of the books (“May you be: Purposeful”, “May you be: confident.”) I removed them, and put them inside the windows, then created flaps to hide the messages. I had some velcro dots lying around that I used to secure the flaps on some of the windows. There are many messages and ideas in this collage, hidden within the pretty green and pink patterns. On the surface, it reminds me of springtime’s beauty, and deeper within it continues to speak to the theme of growth and development.

Samantha Gowan

Jan 1, 2024 @ 7:39 AM

This is the third pass I believe Lynn is the original artist. The fiber elements were unique and strategic. I spread some of the orange netting about the page which echoed the red lines of the map. I added a looping glass and scattered its definition and origin story about the page. Sent on to Cindy my Mom for the fourth pass.

Fourth pass on its way to my Mom, Cindy in Ohio and then back to its originator Maddy in Washington. I really found a state of flow with this piece. I must thank Megan for adding the string line a loom. I immediately was inspired to weave on it. Megan’s addition of soft pink light was perfect so continues with the soft pink yarn traveling up from the bottom loosing its structure as it goes getting looser and darker. Happy New Year… feeling very inspired to continue working creatively with fiber.

Rachel Tirosh

Dec 31, 2023 @ 4:44 PM

second round: I’ve uplifted the collage with vibrant colors as a tribute to Maura’s life. Although I didn’t have the privilege of knowing her personally, I’m certain that as an artist, she celebrated life’s beauty. The yellow symbolize the warmth of the sun, while the pink represents the power and strength of women. I’ve repurposed the lovely geometric tapes originally used by Elise for packaging. I’ve also added a painting from a 1950s children’s book, portraying a family picnic, and juxtaposed it with an image of a 21st-century picnic gathering. This fusion of eras, combined with the image of the women in her front yard garden, unites them into a single, vibrant whole that celebrates the spirit of life and community.
Remembering Maura

Third round:I juxtaposed generations of women caregivers, featuring the modern woman adorned with a halo alongside Guigone de Salins, who, with her husband, operated The Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, founded in 1443 as a hospital. I integrated images and decorations from the brochure of The Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, which I visited last month. The women’s gaze is directed towards the reclining man.

last round: This is my final touch on my initial collage. I really liked the three petite books; they truly caught my attention. The inclusion of the bicycle was a nice touch. The black background, in my opinion, brought a compelling contrast to the overall composition, and to intensify the visual tension, I introduced darker areas beneath the car. A significant modification involved removing a substantial piece of cut out paper that was initially glued in the middle. I repurposed parts of its images, integrating the tiger, the storyteller in the bottom left corner, the hot air balloon, and another tree. Additionally, I reconfigured the attachment of the “Bon Appétit” sticker to be integrated with the rest of the collage.

Andrea Mullarkey

Dec 30, 2023 @ 4:39 PM
I’ve had the most topsy turvy three months that have included a bucket list week-long hiking trip, a case of covid and moving in with my mom to help care for her as her Alzheimer’s progresses. I have little time or space in her home so all my art making happens in the one or two days a week I go back to my house where all my supplies are. I cram as much “relaxing” and “creative expression” and “solitude” into these days as possible. It’s not ideal and I know I will have to address that in 2024. But for now I am completely supported by circumstance in meeting my goal not to be too precious with this project. So the work just keeps moving through and on and that is satisfying enough.

Charlotte Yano

Dec 28, 2023 @ 7:00 PM

As received from Meredith, and what I added to it. Now it’s on it’s way home to Rebecca, I hope she likes it!

Received back to the mothership from Meredith, along with a detail of delightful ‘birds on a wire’ stamping that I didn’t see until I happened to tilt the picture. La Sirena came off, but I discovered she is a sticker, so I trimmed the edges and put her back on before adding my bubbles. Thank you to all of my fellow artists, this turned out really great.