Revisiting Old Experiments

When I was in architecture school at IIT, the professors had us do a color study during our first year. We basically had to create a collage that reflected our understanding of color theory. I remember some of my classmates being annoyed and confused about this project, because they felt like it had nothing to do with architecture. I remember having a blast, because I loved creating collages when I was younger. I guess I'm a weirdo, but honestly, I've just loved cutting and pasting stuff together ever since I learned how to use a pair of scissors and glue. 

Sketchbook color study with collage weaving method

Sketchbook color study with collage weaving method

For my project, I remember cutting strips of magazine pages and weaving them together to create beautiful patterns. My professor kept guiding me and told me to explore different textures and colors. In the end, I made a piece that I was really excited about. A year or so later, I sold my collage at the Marwen Art Fair a while back, but recently, I felt the urge to collage again. I took a few old magazines and cut strips just as I did in school and decided to do smaller studies in my sketchbook before I move on to a bigger surface.

I'm sure some people are wondering where I find the time to collage, but I think it's important to find some time to experiment and do things that help you relax. There's honestly something relaxing about weaving pieces of magazine clippings together. I love the idea of using magazines I was going to recycle to create something new and beautiful. It's a challenge coming up with a composition I'm satisfied with. It's almost like a puzzle that doesn't have one answer :)