Many of us love words and the play of language on the tongue. Play has the power to heal, even for grownups. In college, a medium that invites play, words, and text can create meaning, make us laugh, and invite others to connect with us. But typography itself is playful - the shape of letters, the familiarity of numbers, and the hint of words, all hold visual interest and add a playful balance to compositions. As collage fodder, typographical shapes, textures, and colors can build curiosity and heighten engagement with a work of art. There is also healing that can happen in the rip of a page, the juxtaposition of two images that don’t belong together. Come play with typography and the healing art of collage to create a pleasing mixed-media work of art.
Julie Carter is a self-trained analog collage artist. She sees every new work as an opportunity to play with materials, take risks, and make a mess, as a way to find beauty in her day. Working on a small scale, often in journals, her mixed-media works celebrate colors, textures, and images through the accessible and democratic format of analog collage. Remembering the childhood freedoms of scissors, paper, and paste, her childhood artist re-emerged recently as a meditative practice to cope with the stress of the pandemic and other significant challenges. Dr. Julie Carter is also currently a Lecturer at Buffalo State in the School of Education.
Letters and numbers cut from recycled materials
Papers of any kind (book pages, magazines, painted papers, etc.).
Scissors, glue sticks or another glue medium
Journal or mixed media paper
Collage materials for inspiration will be also available