In a resent artist and Illustrator magazine I was very impressed with the intricate Collage of Kate Aggett. As the course martial asks us to experiment with collage I thought I would take a closer look at her work.
Aggett takes her inspiration from the Cornish coast. She then uses found materials such as leafs and old fabrics along with various types of papers including hand made artist papers and tissue paper in many assorted colours. She uses these to slowly build up the collages starting with large shapes going down to minuet detail. The process must take a long time for each piece.
She cleverly balances colour making sure to repeat the same hue in various parts of the composition to add harmony. the pallets are well thought out and mostly limited to blues and mute earth tones. She uses tissue paper in a clever way to create tonal graduation. Ripping different tones of the same colour them layering them from light to dark. The torn edge of the tissue paper softens the intersection. In this way she shades using collage.
Most often she creates a lapping shore line using frayed denim edges layered up. These really are convincing as gentle braking waves at the shore line. She uses lots of inventive process to create the texture she is looking for. One of which is to hold artist paper over a flame in till small holes appear. Then put this paper over a different tone paper and you have a pebble strewn beach surface.
Although in a million months of Sundays I could not produce such impressive collage work let alone under the ever shrinking time I have left to try and rustle up a collage in a few hours out of thin air. However, I will certainly try to borrow this layering effect as it might just work to suggest the dog becoming the field or visa versa that I’m trying to get across.
Many more stunning collages by Kate Aggett live at this web address http://kateaggett.co.uk/