Collage making may be something you think you left behind in the classroom, but oh no, collaging is one creative craft that anyone can enjoy, whatever the age, and is our newest Happy Hobby.
Ever since I was young I loved making scrapbooks; sticking old gig tickets, pictures, postcards and literally anything I didn’t want to throw away into many an A4 notebook. When studying art at school, I always gravitated to create pieces through collage, enjoying the process of using lots of different materials and colours to form my own artwork through images and text that inspired me. Now as an adult, (especially during lockdown), I have re-discovered my passion for the craft, sifting through piles of magazines and newspapers and cutting and sticking with reckless abandon.
Whether you’re old school like me and make a physical collage on paper through cuttings and layering, or use a specially designed collage or mood board app on your phone or laptop, collage making is a great and easy way to experiment with your creative flare without the stress of producing a perfect drawing or painting. For some colourful inspiration, check out Collage Club London, an organisation that truly celebrates the craft by hosting dedicated collage workshops, creating collage pack deliveries and generally just providing some amazing artistic content and engagement on their instagram page.
In the usual fast-paced society we live in where we are constantly working, socialising and trying to be productive with our time, we can sometimes feel guilty for just taking some time out and starting a new / picking up an old hobby just for the hell of it. Putting time aside to be able to create mood boards and collage artwork using my favourite fashion and homeware magazines has been a great way to relax and involve myself with products, trends, art and design that I love.