When I hear “assemblage art” I tend to think of wood, hardware, wire, and rusty found objects. But there is a soft side to assemblage to explore, using fabric.
|My tag assemblage, with handmade felt roses.|
An assemblage is essentially collage in 3-D. Using fabric flowers, vintage lace, trims, and found objects you can create an embellished box, a soft assemblage/sculpture like an art doll, or even a fancy tag like I’ve made here.
I was inspired by the felt flower tutorial I spotted while paging through books by Lisa M. Pace. These little roses are so easy to make:
Felt Rose Tutorial
1. Cut a felt circle that is 2-1⁄2″ (6cm) in diameter. Cut the piece of felt, working in a spiral from the outer edge to the center of the circle. You can use a regular fabric scissors or one with a decorative edge. I just added some notches to the edges with my fabric scissors.
2. Starting at the outer edge, roll the felt into a flower shape.
3. Continue rolling until you reach the end of the felt spiral. Use a fabric adhesive to secure the end of the felt to the bottom of the flower.
4. Accent the center of the flower with a self-adhesive pearl. (I used vintage milliner flower stamens. You could also use a small button.)
To make the collage assemblage tag, I first made two roses, then covered the front and back of the tag with fabric, adhered with fabric glue.
|To make these felt roses for assemblage, all
you have to do is, cut, roll, and glue.
(Tutorial and images by Lisa Pace.)
I took out my stash of vintage found objects, like mother-of-pearl buttons, lace, milliner’s leaves, and crystals. TI played with the arrangement until I was happy and then glued it all down.
I punched a hole through the fabric at the top to reveal the hole in the tag and, on the bottom, I hung a crystal with the word “fancy.”
I was going to just thread the rickrack through the hole in the top, but I decided to add some curled rebar wire as a hanger and attach a rickrack ribbon. I thought the hard elements at the top and bottom lent interest and made it more of an assemblage than a straight collage.
Finally, I wrote “love” on a grocery bag with a Stabilo pencil, tore it out, and glued it on the tag as a finishing touch.
It took me a little more than an hour to put this assemblage tag together, including the felt flowers. I can’t wait to make more.
Lisa’s new book, Delight in the Art of Collage, is full of collage and assemblage art ideas and projects combining fabric, paper, and found objects. Lots of great eye-candy and techniques.
P.S. Do you make assemblages? What are your favorite materials? Share below.