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Griffin Norman

As a designer I have always been drawn to collage. I saw the Hannah Höch retrospective years ago at the MOMA so many times I suspect the museum guards had me on a list of suspicious persons. Collage seems at … Read More

By / August 2, 2007

As a designer I have always been drawn to collage. I saw the Hannah Höch retrospective years ago at the MOMA so many times I suspect the museum guards had me on a list of suspicious persons.

Collage seems at its heart to be a pure, almost childish form of expression. Paper, scissors, glue.

The materials themselves—while they can be precious, hand-made, vintage or otherwise “important”—are often quite ordinary at-hand things. It’s the juxtapositions that make the final product special. Sometimes those juxtapositions are very planned, but my favorite moments with collage are the times when spontaneous lovely things happen unbidden. Especially when some little scrap that “ought” to have been discarded becomes the most vital bit of the finished whole.

(Full disclosure—the images here have all been somehow tweaked about slightly with Photoshop since their original begetting as glue and paper constructions. However, I generally “draw” with the eraser—a thoroughly inappropriate drawing tool, the digital equivalent of a monkey drawing with a stick)

See more of Griffin's work on his website.