medium /// mixed media




COLLAGE: a peek & a project

It’s here! After two years of work, COLLAGE finally hit shelves on Wednesday! I love, love, love collage which is probably why Chronicle Books asked me to do this! I chose 30 very talented collage/mixed media artists from around the world, but I didn’t want to just show their amazing work… this book needed a little twist!

I absolutely love found image collage, and could spend hours looking through old books in thrift shops. When I find an image that I love, it only takes me a second to make a cut n’ paste plan in my head – but what would other collage artists do with that same image? People like Jesse Draxler and Xochi Solis? Enter the twist! Not only did I feature 8 to 10 plates of each artists’ work, I also gave all of them the same starting image – a mustache-clad accordion player and his little bearded cowboy brother – and asked them to create a completely new, totally unique, original collage using all or some of that photo. And they did…

Gah! So good, right?! In some of them you have to work pretty hard to find the original image, and in other pieces it’s the star. I love that every artist took this image and completely made it their own. And so, I want you to be able to do it too! Here’s the photograph {which, by the way, is my dad and my uncle in 1958!}… Right click on it / Save it / Print it / Make a collage!

ps. Thank you to Chronicle for inviting me to do this, and for designing such a beautiful book! Thank you to the 30 amazing artists who made this book into a gorgeous collection of contemporary art.  To my dad and Uncle Bill for letting us use this hilarious picture, and for not making us pay any royalties! And, I absolutely have to send some love to UK based collage artist Anthony Zinonos. Not only was he one of the featured artists, but he also wrote the funny, touching, inspiring foreword… xoxo!

{work above by 1. Me  2. Hollie Chastain 3. Jesse Draxler 4. Bill Zindel 5. Xochi Solis 6. Anthony Zinonos}





stephanie rohlfs



San Francisco based artist Stephanie Rohlfs makes all sort of things – sculptures, installations, collage – but I have a particular fondness for these weird mixed media gouache on paper pieces. The colors, the delicate balance of objects, and of course, we all know how much I love anything from the cacti family! And so, just to recap, do I love Stephanie’s work?





jennifer sanchez



I wrote about New York based artist Jennifer Sanchez yeeeeeaaaars ago – ok, four years ago, but it seems likes ages! Her work has changed a lot, but one thing has stayed exactly the same… how much I love it! Her colors, patterns, layers, oh… so much fun! Jennifer described these three super duper layered originals {30″x22″} as “sour candy colored chunks. Neon stripes, lines and dots meet radiant polygons and swirls. It’s a punch of confection.” Sigh… Best. Description. Ever ♥

{These original “punches of confection” are $300 each, and are available here}





kristen martincic



Oh. Those pools! The diving boards! That shower! This is the gorgeous mixed media series, titled “Pool & Water”, by American artist Kristen Martincic. I loved all of these pieces the second I saw them, and my post would have been complete with this amazing, blue, perfectly composed work… but then I found these:


Gasp! Bathing suits. Bathing suits cut and crafted out of Japanese paper, with perfect monotype lines / patterns to finish them off… and there’s more! This is already the longest post I’ve EVER put together, so I’ll stop with these amazing suits, but please go to her site to see her bathing caps, and wardrobe series. Seriously, I could have shown her entire portfolio ♥ Sigh.

{Thank you so so much to Jenni Freidman for sending me a link to Kristen’s work!}





hagar van heummen



House. Plants. Ahhh, I never ever get tired of writing about Amsterdam based artist Hagar van Heummen. Embroidery and bits of photographs mingled together into these bold, modern-with-a-vintage-feel, beautifully composed pieces. LOVE.





melissa dupont

Found paintings, a touch of neon, and perfectly cropped photographs from the personal collection of Madrid architect/designer Melissa Dupont. So fun, so bold, and a great way to end the week!





ken omom

The designer and collage artist in me are both very happy! Architectural yet loose … drawing mixed beautifully with collage… AND vintage match box covers!? Love, love, love! These pieces are the work of UK based artist Ken Omom, and it’s safe to say that I love all of them very, very much. I think those are the actual striking strips pasted on there! So cool… but don’t let your kids near them #safetyfirst #striking

{via Saatchi Art}





joe webb



Sometimes, it’s what’s not there that truly matters most! I was in a collage-ish {not a word, but just roll with it} mood today, and voila, the portfolio of UK based artist Joe Webb. An x-acto blade, gorgeous color choices, and a whole bunch of perfect {and romantic!} negative space… SWOON!





philippe weisbecker


Oh. I love these so much! They are from a little book, titled “Accessories”, by Paris based interior designer, turned illustrator, turned full time fine artist Philippe Weisbecker. These gorgeous pages are a little bit scrapbook, and a little bit sketchbook – found vintage illustrations snipped, cut, glued, and then paired beautifully with Philippe’s own drawings. Oh boy, I’m gonna need a trip to the thrift shop, a pair of scissors and a very sharp pencil… and maybe a big ball of pink yarn, just for good measure.

{found on sfgirlbybay, and this lovely book can be found here}





antoine cordet


These haunting, sort of sad, portraits feel like they should be posted on a Monday morning on a dreary day at the end of January, but here we are on a sunny Friday in the middle of August. They might be quiet / sombre but the mixed media work {acrylic and marker on canvas} of Paris based artist Antoine Cordet makes me very, very happy. So much emotion, so beautifully executed… and perhaps an appropriate way to end a week filled with far too many sad headlines.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone xo

{found on Saatchi Art}