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Aprile Elcich

lives in: Toronto
Aprile Elcich is a Graphic Design student, a collage artist and a blogger. She created Notpaper, a blog where she interviews professional and amateur collage artists and features their work. Recently she started to take her own work more seriously, and... [more]

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posted on 06.03.09


Hugo Werner




This is a very image heavy post, as I think it should be! I recently interviewed Hugo Werner about his collages, and along with his work I found the work of his students, part of an Experimental Typography class that works with collage and typography. I love love love the idea of this project, which involves collage, transfers, lettering, stamps, stencils, and calligraphy. "The main objective is to explore the materiality of the word-image," says Hugo.

What I find so fascinating about this experimental project is the way each student interprets the assignment differently, and of course, the excellent use of typographic elements. I think it's such a valuable collection of student collage work!

Students working on their projects (below).

Visit Hugo's Flickr for more images from 2007 and 2008.

“very very cool :) do you know eduardo recife's work too ? he is pretty amazing too - and from Brazil. his website is i believe ...”
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Aprile Elcich replies:
“Yes I definitely do! I will post about his work next : )”
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posted on 06.03.09

So did anyone notice what was on the Google homepage (March 20, 2009 11:08 PM) to symbolize the first day of Spring? I was so excited when I saw little illustrations from Eric Carle's A Very Hungry Caterpillar (he is one of my heroes). And I bought a little book a while back called "The Art of Eric Carle," which I was planning on sharing with you. Enough procrastination, today is the day. I was sent a sign.

The Art of Eric Carle chronicles his life and his work with children's books. In a pleasant-to-read storybook fashion, the book features an autobiography of his life in Germany and in the US, articles written about his work, sketches, drawings, and collages.

This book shares some surprises, I haven't read it fully yet but it does divulge the secret technique behind his illustrations. I had never really thought about how he made his collaged children's illustrations (probably because I read his books when I was a kid) but he definitely has his own style and a unique method.

From The Art of Eric Carle:

Eric Carle creates his artwork using a technique called collage. Even before he illustrated Brown Bear, What Do You See? he was using this method in his artwork for advertising illustrations. At that time he used store-bought tissue papers which were available in some four dozen shades of colour. From these tissue papers he cut or tore out shapes and pasted them down with rubber cement on illustration boards. Later, Eric Carle started to paint on commercially available tissue papers to add more texture. (page 65)

(Above image) On the left, Carle paints tissue paper, Right, sheets are laid out to dry.

I'll include a few of the steps in making tissue paper, shown in the above photograph.

From The Art of Eric Carle:

How To Prepare Coloured Tissue Papers

1. Squeeze paint (acrylic, water, or poster paint) into a dish, add water.

2. ...and stir.

3. Place a single sheet of tissue paper on a clean surface.

4. Paint bold strokes onto the tissue paper. (Hint: Lift up the tissue paper briefly, so it doesn't stick to the surface.) Let it dry on newspapers while working on other tissue papers.

5. Apply a second colour. Perhaps in blue wavy brushstrokes. Again: lift tissue paper and let it dry on newspapers.

(Above image) How to make a collage illustration. (Looks like he's making the caterpillar!

I hope you enjoyed this little excerpt, and you should buy this book, if you can find it somewhere. (I don't know if it's still for sale, I found it in a used book store). He also has another book I would like to find, called You Can Make a Collage: A Very Simple How-to Book for all ages of course.

Published by Philomel Books.

via Notpaper

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