The origin of the Art Collage has spanned the last few centuries and reemerged in the early 20th century as a novelty art form. The French term collage was coined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso from the root word “coller” meaning glue. The “collage” was used to describe modern art paintings portraying diverse groupings of images within a canvas, or to describe various groupings of newspaper and magazine clippings that were glued to a variety of mediums. We now see collages within blogs, fashion magazines, interior design websites and countless other outlets, all of which still attempt to portray and connect a series of relative ideas to tell a story. Most recently, the interior design trend of using collage of frame pieces of art has solved many design faux pas’. Over the years, we all collect family photographs, children’s artwork, framed mirrors, fine art, love letters, sketches, wall sculpture, etc. Sure, we can try to find an open wall to randomly place individual keepsakes, but that tends to look scattered and in turn, compromises the scale of a room, the walls and its vocal points. You can begin to understand the impact of the collage by drawing from these examples and implementing in your own homes or offices.
By grouping these random artworks in their unique frames, you can simply take a countless number of art pieces to create one cohesive art installation. It will not only serve your decor, but will also be the new talking piece of your home.
If your art frames are less than par, you can choose to reframe them, or unify all of your frames with a new coat of paint in one or a few shades to coordinate with the room. At this stage, you may also want to consider re-matting the photos in consistent shades or on antique papers or patterns. You may also chose to reprint all of your photos in black and white, or all in sepia to blend together. This gives the grouping consistency if you prefer a unified look.
For an eclectic look, leave your frames and art as is or repaint and re-mat in an array of desired colors.
Now that you are hooked on the idea of framed art collage, your first step will be to choose a suitable display wall and measure the wall area where the art collage will be arranged. Use masking tape to create a collage boundary on the wall and also create another masking tape area of the same size on the floor. Gather your art pieces and begin playing with layout ideas within your floor tape boundaries. Decide if you will be modifying the photo frames, mat board or reprinting the photographs. Tweak the artwork arrangement (if necessary) after your modifications. Photograph the arrangement as an installation reference, review once more and begin your installation!