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Made With Love Design Team Project: A Surrealist Collage

Flamerick Art Blog

Art blog for Flamerick Art on Youtube. This will track daily musings of Goh Daolin and his art works and review current trends and new scrapbooking and mixed media products. 


Made With Love Design Team Project: A Surrealist Collage

Daolin Goh

All products can be found at Made with Love:
Blue Fern Studios 12 by 12 Chesterville
American Craft Red and Black Cardstock
OneCanoeTwo 12 by 12 Flight of moths
Graphic45 12 by 12 Penny's Paper Doll Family Collection Fathers and Sons
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Theories
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Entymology
Thinlet dies from Tim Holtz Sizzix Sidekick Bundle
Sizzix Thinlets Framelets Circle
Tim Holtz Ideology Numeric
Tim Holtz Ideology Baseboard Frames
Distress Paint Black Soot
Archival Ink Jet Black

Surrealism started as a artistic methodology and philosophy in the early half of 1900s. While the philosophical movement eventually waned, the impact on art was far reaching and even remains a presence until today. 


What is remarkable about surrealism was at its core, it really was about tapping into the dream state or the illogical imagination as an act of resistance against the oft perceived "hyper logical" and "correctness" of personal narrative, social order and political fascism that was popular in its time (arguably not too much has changed in 100 years!). 


In the design of scrapbooking products over the years, it is difficult to argue that surrealist elements have not entered into the crafting space. Graphic 45 is no stranger to this surrealist collage approach of in designing sets like Steampunk Debutante and Olde Curiosity Shoppe amongst a few. Tim Holtz has introduced elements in his designs of products (especially the in the hardware and vintage photos) that encourages the mixed media artist to play with these elements as pieces rather than a whole. Prima and Kaisercraft have often also incorporated these aspects into their collections from time to time. 

To participate in the continual celebration, and perhaps as a resistance against the mundane "logical" narrative that is still pervasive in our culture on a certain form of success, the oppressive hierarchical social order and the insistence of and obsession of a singular political and historical narrative, I've attempted to do my interpretation of surrealist collage. 

I used distress black soot acrylic paint to paint thick and thin lines. Die cuts of cold geometrical shapes and numbers are disrupted by the stamped image of the insect and the fussy cut moth. Using Graphic45's recent Penny's Paper Dolls collection, I fussy cut out the young boy and layered a matching outfit (and restricted myself to the burgundy color scheme) and made the head a camera. Perhaps, this is a symbolism of the way that our current generations, especially our young, are observing life now, through the lens of curated photography (instagram, and facebook etc), failing to allow the messy aspects of life to capture their imaginations. Gosh, now I feel like an episode of Black Mirror!

Hope you enjoy the collage!