This is an assignment we did in Design Class. We were asked to make a hundred collages in two hours in class. All materials were allowed. Click on "Read More" to see my response.
So this time we were in the communication section instructed by Prof. Lucero, the guy who told us to build up a website like this. Hi Jorge I know you are reading this :)
We were told to finish 100 pieces of collage in 2 hours. That was intense, and I did think that we were really going to make these many or we would lose point, but in the end Prof. Lucero told us that he just wanted us to feel how it was to make a large amount of works in a short time. I myself seriously made over a hundred pieces which were all in low quality compared to others. I regretted doing so, because I could have made better pieces if not in a hurry. I was just cutting of or tearing the materials I collected- mostly flyers, booklets, leaves, magazines and card boards, and then putting them on some sheets of paper randomly.
Believe it or not, it was my first time to make collages. I have never made collages before this class. But by the way I do know an artist who makes fabulous collages-Valerie Ledbetter Pulley, who is an organist at St. Stephen Presbyterian church in Oklahoma city, Oklahoma, as well as an artist in Paseo Artists. I met her last year during my exchange program to Oklahoma, and her collage works were so impressive. Unfortunately I could not find her website, but in her studio there are a lot terrific collage works she made meticulously.
Although I said I regretted finishing the collages too fast, there are some works I really like, such as the first one shown in the slideshow. It is a clover with four leaves. Four-leaf clover is very rare and considered as the symbol of happiness. I made this piece by using a three-leaf ordinary clover and a leaf I tore from another clover. I would like to give this collage a meaning, that sometimes happiness is hard to find, but it can be created by ourselves.
Speaking of taking photos for these pieces and editing them in Photoshop, that was a hard job. I have mentioned about the low-power camera and the huge amount of pieces to take photos of. Also editing was a challenge. Obviously smart readers again can tell that I did not edit them carefully. As a result the size and the color in each pieces are not quite harmonious. But... well that will be a great time-consuming work to make them look unified. Hopefully Prof. Lucero is not grading this assignment by looking at the pictures on this website. :(
It is also very interesting to look at others' collages. Students each selected four pieces of their collages and put them on wall on the first floor of Art and Design Building. When random and sometimes bad-crafted works are put together, they then create a sense of unify. And viewers can always guess the meaning under those collages, although we, the makers, could barely think about it when we were making the pieces. I myself also enjoy the process of looking at a work, speculating the intention of the maker, and making up a story of the piece.
Finally, another thing to confess: Prof. Lucero told us to pick two pieces we liked and two pieces we disliked from our collages and put them on wall. I, a well-disciplined student, followed his instruction and literally selected two of the most trashy ones from my collages, while other students they chose all four pieces that looked awesome (maybe they disliked them). Anyway I was unsatisfied with my choice of two good and two bad, but the good chance was that after I took them down and photographed them, I forgot which pieces I had chosen to put on wall, so I ended up with putting all four best pieces from my collages- well, they might not be the best compared to other collages.