Creative experiments: plant collage

Soon after I moved to the UK, around 10 years ago, I bought my first house plant. It has been with me through moving house, several times (including moving city – twice!), and through all kinds of neglect (I know, shame on me). The poor thing got bent out of shape – literally.

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[Inspired] For the Love of Collage

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I managed to check out the Ellen Gallagher AxME exhibition at London's Tate Modern gallery before it ended at the start of this month. I left making plans about how I was going to find some time, somewhere, to indulge in one of my favourite creative pastimes – collage. 

Why do I love collage so? It can be so many things at the same time: ornate and gritty, playful and provocative. For me, the process is quite cathartic – it forces me to relinquish control because, the end result is rarely close to what I expected or planned. Plus, I do like to get my hands dirty!

Here are some pieces from some artists whose work I'm enjoying …

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TGIF! with Amadou & Mariam

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Today it's time for the ever fresh Malian duo, Amadou & Mariam.

First up is the beautiful video for 'Africa mon Afrique' – animation + collage = what's not to love?! Then, a rockin' collabo with Santigold, 'Dougou Badia' (RSS readers click here to view videos)

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Inspired by Lubaina Himid’s Kanga Paintings and Collage Portraits

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I don't know how I missed Lubaina Himid's work when I visited the Cotton: Global Threads exhibition last year. Luckily for us all, you can have a look on the exhibition site. I love her series "Kangas From The Lost Sample Book" (kangas never cease to inspire – they influenced the Afri-love graphics and a game design project which we're currently working on at Asilia and should be able to share soon). I also absolutely love her collage portraits. 

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Inspired by Jasmine Rose

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I recently came across the work of illustrator, designer and entrepreneur, Jasmine Rose. A girl after my own heart with the rich texture and bold colour in her collages, along with her celebration of sisterhood!

From her website:
"Her current work encompasses the essence of femininity through black visual culture … She draws inspiration from women and visual culture of the twentieth century through fashion history, sexual exploration, immaterial reality and connectedness with nature."

Above are a few of my favourite pieces from Jasmine's portfolio. There's also more visual goodness on her blog and she sells vintage clothes and accessories at Raiments + Rose.

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Images copyright Jasmine Rose