Monday, 16 June 2014

Larging It

Creating in Collage
Natalie D'Arbeloff and Jack Yates
Studio Vista, London, 1970

I have quite a few old Studio Vista art and design guidebooks. Some are written by industry types for students and professionals, others like this seem written by and intended for the more amateur. The writers were a pair of old skool Hampstead bohemians who taught classes at the Camden Arts Centre when it was more of a down-at-heel community enterprise rather than the glamourous gallery space it is today.

The surrealists quickly grasped the potential for mental leaps and shifting associations in collaged media, and it remains a potent area for creativity in the digital age, though the images in this book were all designed using physical cut and paste technique. It's a relic of the past, as I was reminded looking at this page on Found Objects of another blog I used to write on some years ago.

1 comment:

  1. Andrew, many thanks for drawing this book to our attention - the book looked fantastic, so I bought one on Ebay for about three quid, and it's great! As well as being really inspiring, it also serves as a springboard for investigating some of the half-forgotten collagists whose work is featured in the book, thank you!