Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Unused Collage Work

Towards the end of last year, I created a batch of collage pieces for the Shaman Drum Bookshop website. The pieces were meant to illustrate various categories of books in the store's inventory, and would be viewable only as postage-sized images. Because of this I had to take a more simplified, graphic approach to creating these illustrations; something that would be representative, and recognizable at such a small size, but hopefully, without resorting too much to cliche. This last part was tough to avoid as reducing the images to symbolic graphics, it became almost necessary to resort to cliches.

It was a fun exercise. The actual collages were pretty small as well. Most were no bigger than 4" x 5".

After creating these, the project languished as responsibility for the website changed hands, as did ideas for what would be on it. Now, many months later, my collages are back in action---with one slight change. The categories have been rethought, so that many of the collages I did are no longer necessary, and where new ones will need to be created for newly chosen categories.

The illustrations being used will most likely be up on the Shaman Drum website by Fall. In the meantime, here are some of the images that won't be seen there. These two were created to illustrate "Africa" and "CDs and DVDs"

I'll put up a couple more tomorrow.

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