We all collect stuff, don't we? Little pieces of this and that found through junking, scavenging, or just keeping our eyes open to the possibility of the rare texture and unusual shape of the found object.
And, being artists, at a certain point, we want to put these collected treasures together in a meaningful way. Hence, we make assemblage art.
In this free eBook, Tips on Found Object Art: 4 Free Assemblage Art Ideas plus Beginners Guide to Assemblages, we show you five approaches to making an assemblage.
The box assemblage of collected objects has been popular since the "cabinets of curiosities" in the 17th century, and Joseph Cornell elevated them to an art form with a point of view in the mid-20th century. So, in "The Beginner's Guide to Assemblage," Amy Hitchcock shows how box assemblage art tells a story in the style of a Joseph Cornell assemblage, one step at a time.
|Joseph Cornell-style box
assemblage by Amy Hitchcock.
Leilani Pierson also tells a story with assemblage collage, but she does it poetically within the tiny "canvas" of a tin container in what she calls StoryBoxes. These little pieces of assemblage art are easy to make and are perfect for using up all the little bits of pretty things we collect.
When she was looking for a place to perch her papier-mâché blackbirds, Sue Pelletier sorted through her collection of found objects and created assemblages involving wire, wood, and collage materials. Each mixed-media assemblage sculpture is different, ranging from bird house sculptures to a bird "garden" made with an old sugar shaker.
In "Please Play with Your Food," Jenn Mason shows how cutting into faux produce opened up a whole new platform for found object art. And Michael deMeng puts his Day of the Dead stamp on wedding cake toppers with his tongue-in-cheek skeletal assemblage sculptures.
So, get out your cast-off wooden boxes, your mint tins, your Dremel tool, and heavy-duty glue, plus your collage supplies, and get ready to make mixed-media art assemblages, with your free downloadable eBook, Tips on Found Object Art: 4 Free Assemblage Art Ideas plus Beginners Guide to Assemblages.
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