SHOP scrambled spells POSH————–and if your budget allows you to go really posh, then visit some galleries and actually buy collage art!
If not…I’ve collected a few collagey items which are mostly easy on the budget.
The exception is the Alex and Lee scarf above, from the “Dream Mandala” collection based on their Rorschach collages. There are nine different patterns (the one above is Turquoise Mosaic).
You can get these in square or rectangular in silk or modal/wool for $250 each at Cavalier Goods.
Now on to some more modest purchases and real steals.
Picasso, Homme á la Pipe (Le Fumeur), 1914
Picasso did it with swagger (and of course glue). Around 1912 he stole the pasted-paper idea from Braque. “After having made the papier collés, I felt a great shock,” said Braque, “and it was an even greater shock to Picasso when I showed it to him.”
But where the other cubist had used art-ready cut papers, Picasso scavenged. Sheet music, newspaper scraps, the label from a packet of tobacco, cloth. The contrast of the real stuff with the painted forms was new. For the collage above, Homme á la Pipe (Le Fumeur), 1914, he ripped a piece of the old wallpaper off his studio wall and stuck it on the canvas. Warch a short MOMA video about the materials in Picasso’s early collages here.
“Stuck on you.” At the time, in France, collage was slang for “living in sin.” In his excellent Collage; The Making of Modern Art, Brandon Taylor says that Picasso’s early collages provoked a “frisson of excitement at the sight of a coupling…illicit…at the very limits of aesthetic decency.”