365 Collages | Week 42 | Outside the Grid

The project #365somethings2018 continues, here and on instagram and on some blogs around the globe. I’m making collages, seven new each week this entire year. Here’s the first one this week:

My name is Abbott - Collage no 287 by iHanna in 2018 #365somethings2018
My name is Abbott, a collage by iHanna.

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn

The theme is a bit of a bird theme, it might have started last week with a few birds flying in and then spilling over here to week 42… I hope you like them all, of course.

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365 Collages | Week 41 | Halloween Colors

I’m working on ideas for my postcards in the DIY Postcard Swap autumn 2018 you’re invited too if you want to join us!) but because I don’t want to fall behind again, I’m posting seven new collages this week.

Stormy Sky - Collage no 280 by iHanna in 2018
Stormy Sky – Collage no 280 by iHanna.

I’m short on time, but here they are. Week 41, with some oranges and bits of black and white. They are, at least in my mind, a little taste of the Halloween colors…

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Late Fall DIY Postcard Swap, anyone?

Fall is late around here this year. I think it’s because of the very hot summer we had, and then we have had rather pleasant weather in August, and September too. I’ve not even worn my jacket yet, so I just haven’t felt like it’s turned autumn yet…

But by looking in my calendar of course I know it’s here. And that means it’s high time I start the DIY Postcard Swap autumn 2018, right?

iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap autumn 2018 - join right now!

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365 Collages | Week 40 | Right Here, Right Now

Do you keep track of what week it is? Right now it’s week 40, in case you didn’t know or needed a reminder. That means I’m finally caught up with my collages. We’re right here right now. Yay!

I’ve been behind almost this entire year (or at least it feels like it) because I’ve had two really bad colds. They lasted almost three weeks each, and when you keep falling behind with a 365-project, you get really out of order with everything. But right now, in this moment, I’m caught up with making square collages one for each day of this year! It is an amazing feeling to on the last quarter of the year finally be able to say that.

365 Collages is a lot of work but so much fun /iHanna #art #collage #365somethings2018

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365 Collages | Week 39 | Forget Me Not

Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. Alice Koller

Kittens for Breakfast - Collage no 266 by iHanna
Kittens for Breakfast, collage by iHanna.

Seven new ones for my 365 project, and they’re posted just before this week ends because I took the entire evening to scan, number, name, edit and uploading them – and now I’m posting them in this blog post. To share them with you, dear reader.

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365 Collages | Week 38 | Not for Reading

These collages are not for reading, even though they have a lot of text on them.

I wanted to try playing with typography in a graphic sense again, and it was lots of fun cutting up text. Some are kept legible, other parts are half covered or cut apart. I love the way they look, and of course you can try deciphering them even though they are not made for reading… It’s up to you.

Incomprehensible - Collage no 260 by iHanna
Incomprehensible, a collage by iHanna.

And if you do understand the texts on these collages (even though that is not the point), maybe you’re a genius (or maybe you just know Swedish)? Aesthetically they’re very different from what I usually make.

Is it a mistake to think you can make art out of typography? Let me know in the comments.

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you cant learn anything from being perfect. Adam Osborne

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365 Collages | Week 37 | Droplets of Confusion

Oceans Near, Never Far Away - Collage no 253 by iHanna
Oceans Near, Never Far Away, a collage by iHanna.

These seven collages are created as part of my personal challenge to create 365 collages in 2018. In my last post for week 36 my theme was birds, this time I guess it’s… the colors of nature? Next week Ill post: Week 38. Stay tuned.

Please let me know in the comments what you think, and if any of these collages are particularly interesting to you and why that is so. The curious mind wants to know. Thanks in advance.

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365 Collages | Week 36 | The Birds are Back in Town

Pink Chested Well-Wisher - Collage no 246 by iHanna
Pink Chested Well-Wisher, a collage by iHanna.

One could probably create 365 collages featuring a different bird each time. There are a lot of beautiful birds in the world, as well as bird illustrations and ephemera. Birds are always a grateful subject matter, so here are seven new collages featuring feathered friends, with newly imagined names, by yours truly.

I hope you like them!

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365 Collages | Week 35 | Monochromatic Collages

It is time for some monochromatic collage! Yay, right? This is one of my favorite ways to work with colors, and collage.

At the Blue Lagoon - Collage no 239 by iHanna #365somethings2018
At the Blue Lagoon, a collage by iHanna.

Many years ago now, I did a series of monochromatic art journal pages. Who remembers those? Anyway, it was a super fun little project where I tried every orange paint color and every orange paper scrap I could locate, and wrote about the swatches, on one art journal spread for orange, and so on.

When I made these, I started thinking about that, and in my next art journal, I will start with something similar I think. Just playing with one color, because “one color” isn’t just one, it’s thousands of hues that we group together under one name. We think of them as similar, but they can be very different from each other. I love them all dearly.

So it’s a bit of a rainbow today, a bit of swatching, a bit of play with colors – one of my favorite ways to do art. Just playing and seeing what comes out.

Please let me know below which of these you like best, and why…

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My First Art Vlog: Yayoi Kusama in Stockholm

In this blog post you will find my very first video log (vlog), lots of polka dot art, some journaling and lots of polka dotted lamps in different colors (swoon!). But first a little bit about the artist Yayoi Kusama…

iHanna's first Vlog: Kusama (with all the polka dots) in Stockholm

Yayoi Kusama and her polka dots

Yayoi Kusama is a internationally well-known and very much loved artist from Japan. She has been making thought-proving art since she was very young, when she went to live in the US, to be more free with her art. She is now 89 years old and she is just as prolific as ever. She has moved back to Japan, and last year a new Kusama Museum opened up in Tokyo. I’d love to visit that museum one day…

My First Art Vlog: Yayoi Kusama in Stockholm asking: What is a polka dot, can it be a room full of spheres? #art

A couple of her artworks were touring Scandinavia in 2016 and I got to see it in Stockholm, Sweden, where I live. Lucky me, right? I was totally mesmerized by her art, as I suspected I would be before going. I love polka dot patterns & colorful, bold art, and that is what Kusama is most known for. Her magnificent paintings with masked dots are called infinite nets, and her installations of objects and whole rooms covered in polka dots, are a piece of Alice in Wonderland magic coming to life. It’s like a Disney Land for adult art lovers.

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