Where are you from? I’m currently living in London, UK!
How long have you
been making stuff? Since I popped out the womb yo
What do you do when
you’re not making stuff? Go to art shows, see punk bands, watch netflix, eat
What are your
favourite materials to work with?
Anything fluffy, furry or pink
What did you want
to be when you were a kid?
You know I’m pretty sure I wanted to be
a property developer, I watched a lot of those property programs on tv when i
was younger and it seemed like a good way to make money and be your own boss
Where are you from? Born and raised in Seattle, Wa.
How long have you been working with collage? I think it was late 2009 when I really started getting into it. Before that I used to draw and doodle on everything.
Do you have a favourite source to gather materials from? I use National Geographic a lot but I try to mix it up. I have some great old books and magazines that I pick up at thrift stores. My most recent finds are books on gems and New Zealand, and some 70’s issues of Family Circle.
How do you think of your images? (Is it spontaneous, a vision, etc?) I’ve been working very spontaneously lately and making these sort of minimal psychedelic landscapes that are populated less with people and more with otherworldly shapes, colors and vegetation.
Favourite books? I’m reading lots of graphic novels and comics right now but some favorite books from the last few years are The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Neuromancer by William Gibson, The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman, The Valis trilogy by Philip K. Dick.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in Paris (France) and still live here.
How long have you been taking photos? I took analogue photos years ago and stopped for various reasons. I started photography again in 2011 with a digital camera, but I felt I had less fun with it so I went back to film. Shooting film is thrilling. You can’t delete a picture, what is done is done. Step by step, it makes me more selective.
Favourite film? I switch between Fuji Superia 400 and Kodak Portra 400. It depends on my mood and the subjects but I think I definitely prefer the Portra.
What did you want to be when you were a kid? Oh! I think I wanted to have fun all my life! I don’t think I had a precise idea of what I wanted to be.
Favourite places/ways to take pictures? I don’t leave Paris and its close suburbs very often so that is the place I’m playing around. I spend time wandering around and when something catches my eye, I take a picture. If it doesn’t work for some reason (bad light, too crowded etc) I go back a few days or weeks later. If I’m lucky, the “subject” I’d like to shoot is still there, if not I try to find something else. It’s that simple. I would like to travel more, to get the chance to try different kinds of pictures, in different environments.
Where are you from? I am originally from suburban new jersey and am currently living on the edge of boston.
How long have you been doing collage? My whole life, but with more focus in the last 20 years and still more in the last 10.
Favourite film? I don’t have just one. My favourite genre/era though is dystopic movies from the late 60s/early 70s.
What did you want to be when you were a kid? I wanted to be a drummer, architect and/or artist.
Do you have a favourite place to find materials for your collage work? No favourite here either. i find things in alleys, at estate sales, on ebay, in friends’ basements, at my local library’s permanent book sale. anywhere and everywhere.
Where are you from? I’m originally from a small village called Fairlie on the west coast of Scotland but I am currently based in Dundee.
How long have you been making stuff? I’ve been drawing and making stuff for as long as I can remember but it’s probably only in the past two years that I’ve actually found the kind of stuff that I want to be making.
Favourite materials to work with? Absolutely anything! I like working with somewhat strange materials and putting certain things together that otherwise would not normally be but together outwith an art context. (e.g. plasticine and concrete or dead wasps and fake gold etc). I like the alchemical idea of putting emphasis on the essence of materials as opposed to their physical form.
How do you think of your images? The way in which I approach making art is 90% intuitively led. I am a huge believer in the notion of making things by feeling or instinct. The outcome is often quite surprising and takes you down paths that you would not normally have considered. Somewhere along the process, narratives and concepts begin to appear and I then begin to feed these into the work in an effort to solidify the piece’s conceptual elements. That being said, I am very open to the viewer creating their own interpretation.
Favourite films? Donny Darko, Labyrinth, Toxic Avenger, The Goonies, Enter the Void, anything with Nicolas Cage. Probably a million other things I’m forgetting.
Where are you from? I’m originally from Manchester, UK. I’ve lived and worked in London and Singapore, and been lucky enough to travel fairly widely. Living and travelling away from home for so long means developing a new set of visual understandings, and I’ve tried to do this through exploration and photography. I’m now based in Canberra, Australia, and dedicate myself to seeing as much of this huge strange country as I can.
How long have you been taking photos? Around 4 years so far, but every year or so I feel a change in what I’m doing. This last year has seen some big workflow changes - I’m scanning all my own negatives, and finally starting to get somewhere with post-production.
Favourite music? I like everything - today has been old favourites - Deerhoof, The Invisible, M.I.A., Toddla T - as well as just downloaded new EPs by Josh Quirke and Riton. So good!
What did you want to be when you were a kid? I don’t think I ever had a clue. What I ended up doing is acoustic design for buildings. It’s a strange specialist job that gets me to all kinds of places.
Recently I helped a large theatre to choose new seats with upholstery that absorbs just the right amount of sound for the acoustic of that space. I’d never have guessed that I’d be doing this!
Do you have a favourite camera to work with? I’m not a huge gear freak, but after years working with 35mm I’ve recently (finally!) moved up to medium format. It’s certainly been a big technical improvement and I’m really getting to grips with handling the larger frame.
I currently use a Fujica GW690III rangefinder, which they call the ‘Texas Leica’ because it’s HUGE! It was one of the only recent medium format cameras to produce a 6x9 ratio negative - the same as 35mm. It’s very robust and simple, and the lens is sharp. The size is a bit ridiculous but I like it!
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Where are you from? I was born on the island of Crete, which is a Greek tourist magnet.
How long have you been taking photos and doing creative stuff? I bought my first camera a long time ago when I was 15, but I have been more seriously involved with the arts since I decided to study photography, 6 months ago!
Favourite book? I can’t think of one favourite book. I love the work of Yorgos Chimonas and Joyce Mansour.
What did you want to be when you were a kid? As a kid I wanted to be an anthropologist, a philosopher, a psychiatrist, an actress and a filmmaker.
Something really close to your heart? The urge to express visually things that are really close to my heart.
Where are you from? I’m from Andalucía (south of Spain) but living in London at the moment.
How long have you been working with collage? Probably around 6 years, but I guess the ethic of collage has been always present in my work somehow.
Do you plan your work? Is it usually spontaneous, or a vision? Etc? Depends on the project, but it’s usually spontaneous. i love the coincidences in general and it’s the same while working with collage or photography. I find exciting the fact that two images or pieces can be completed in a way (even in a caothic/ no sense way) when finding each other, I enjoy this so much.
What do you do when you’re not making art? I have started an MA Photography this year in Central Saint Martins (London) so I spend a lot of time in it. I am also working on a project with my friend that includes different new fields such set design, art direction and video. It’s been fun so far and we are excited about it.
Favourite music? It’s a very difficult question, it depends on my mood I guess. I can’t go very often but I love going to gigs, I really enjoy it.
How long have you been taking photos? Taking photos for about 5-10 years. For the past few years, I’ve only really been shooting with 35mm color.
Do you have a favourite camera to work with? My fav camera is whatever can fit snug in my pocket, but I seem to stick with Olympus point n shoots. Right now I have an Olympus accura 80s.
What crosses your mind when pairing/grouping your photos? For pairings, a number of things can go through my head as to what I think is “aesthetically pleasing”. Similarities in shape and color are usually what draws me to pair photos. I try not to make it too complicated in my head when thinking about it. I’ll see two images. It clicks. And that’s that. Other times, I’ll pair photos that have some kind of connection, or relationship with one another.
Favourite book? As of recently, my fav book is probably Martin Parr’s “Life’s A Beach”. He sure can capture color! Some books that ring in my head often are Rinko Kawauchi’s “AILA”, and Kazuyoshu Usui’s “Showa 88”. I like the Contemporary Japanese “photoscene”. There’s some good stuff comin out of there!
Where are you from? I am originally from Syracuse, NY and have lived in Brooklyn, NY for the last 11 years. Next month I will be moving to New Orleans, LA.
How long have you been making stuff? When I was a kid, I made collages with my Mom, specifically an alphabet book. I always liked drawing, studied painting, sculpture and printmaking, and have been making work that moves toward combining these different media for the last several years.
What do you do when you’re not making stuff? I teach art in elementary schools. I also drink coffee, cook, and watch movies (especially horror films).
What are your favourite materials to work with? I am interested in the textures of different types of printed paper and how they react, sometimes degrade, with adhesives, fabrics and the feelings they bring up, and I couldn’t make anything without scissors and glue.
Favourite music? Recently––Bruce Springsteen, Dr. John (Gris-gris), Steve Earle, and LCD Soundsystem.