I have to admit that until recently I had a rather narrow minded view of decoupage and collage, putting it down as a bit unsophisticated. However, the recent work of a variety of artists has definitely proved me wrong about this, and exemplified how collage is a technique that can produce very beautiful design. I have brought together some examples of the work that have given me this renewed high regard for collage, a craft that Matisse once so elegantly called ‘Painting with Scissors’.
Much of Petra Borner’s work is originally made by cutting and layering paper. Her versatile technique allows her to create beautiful and bold compositions. Her designs are then used for prints, fabrics and book illustrations. She has many examples of these cut out paper designs online, some of which are available to purchase.
Borner designed the cover for Jayne Austin’s Emma, published by Bonnier.
Petra Borner, Autumn Red Print. £225.00.
Petra Borner, Winter Green Print. £225.00.
John Derian has a charming collection of decoupage work. For his designs, Derian takes from his own vast collection of antique and vintage prints, and artisans then cut and collage onto hand blown glass using these designs. As a result many of the items have a wonderfully historic and bespoke feel.
John Derian, Green Apple Glass Dome Paperweight at Liberty. £59.95.
John Derian, British Seaweeds Red at Pentreath & Hall. £45.
John Derian, Elephant Tiny Glass Tray at Liberty. £45.00.
John Derian, Butterflies Rectangular Glass Tray at Liberty. £79.95.
John Derian, Baines Florist Mini Tray – Special Edition at the Conran Shop. £55.
Let’s hope that artists keep painting with scissors!