Since I moved to Cologne, I attend quite regularly the CreativeMornings, because they are my personal Friday dose of motivation. I always walk into the weekend with great advice and feeling inspired.
When Nadine asked me to run the first FieldTrip for CreativeMornings I was super honoured. We met and discussed the details and after a month I found myself there, at Veedelswerk, waiting for the group to join me around the table with glue, magazines and a smile. I was a bit nervous, but I also felt grateful. With this workshop, not only I was going to have the opportunity to share my experience and passion for collage, but I was also going to inspire people to create art.
I often think that the world we live in is way too digital for me…
… and sometimes I sit around the table with friends and we end up communicating with each other through WhatsApp… quite scary right? So on that note, I said to myself, let this workshop bring people together to talk to each other, rely on each other and let’s be analogue for once!
In the 3 hours spent together, we had time to share ideas and laugh. Each of us cut out words out of the magazine and created a compelling poem. After we switched positions, picking someone’s else poem and creating a visual response to it. I am positively surprised by how well the group responded to the brief and how interesting the intersection between different people turned out.
Laying on the floor there were a series of witty, metaphorical and visually appealing artworks, each standing out for a different reason.
We discussed the stylistic choices and the meaning behind these, I heard people articulating incredible arguments, what a day! Each participant had a unique background, blending in an enthusiastic bunch of people, I couldn’t ask any better for my first workshop in Cologne!
I really enjoyed bringing my medium to the CreativeMornings FieldTrips and I truly hope I inspired the group; I have seen people playing with words and visual communication, without being afraid of making mistakes, but unleashing their creativity flow. For me this was a great achievement, I definitely look forward to my next workshop in September which will bring a new idea on the table for all my fellow artists.
I definitely look forward to my next workshop in September which will bring a new idea on the table for all my fellow artists.
Collage is the creative subversive technique, the performance of senses, that unexpectedly reveal new perspectives on reality.