Posts Tagged ‘collage’

Collage Party: Emily Waknine

Emily Waknine

Emily Waknine

Learning Zone: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and the art you create?

Emily Waknine: I’m going into 4th year Drawing and Painting, and I make process based paintings and drawings. Lately, I have been collaging using drawings and magazine cutouts to create my works.

Why do you use collage?

Because it’s a fun and accessible medium that anyone can do, and I like the infinite possibilities of this medium.

Tell us about your process of working?

Well, I draw a lot of inspiration from the materials in front of me. It’s very intuitive and playful, I feel that my sense of humour is embedded within the process of making a collage and is very much a part of how the finished work turns out.

Do you prefer to work with digital or analogue tools to create your collages?

I’m very tactile, I like working with my hands and paper.

What other media do you work with?

Animation, photography — some of my photography informs my collages as well.

Do you feel that there are connections between your collage work and your animation?

Yes, very much.

What are some of the sources of your imagery?

I have so many sources, 1960s theme catalogue to get a lot of figures from, cigar boxes, stacks of National Geographic’s, Early Canadian Furniture books, these are the ones I tend to go back to. I cut out some of my own drawings as well.

Your collages are often based on interactions of two characters, is there a certain relationship study or narrative in this work?

I just demonstrate my own sense of humour. There is a funny conversation between the source materials, and I like to play with that. Italian vogue models can have a conversation with National Geographic imagery or Early Canadian Furniture books, it always turns into its own.

Is your Red series a formal piece or is it a representative piece? Red is commonly associated with passion, violence or other strong emotion.

I used the colour red in every page of the book, to formally tie the book together. There isn’t a coherent meaning behind my collage works. The nature of collage as a medium is typically violent and crude in its aesthetic and I tend to emphasize that quality in my works.


07 2012



Visit the Learning Zone this summer semester to participate in the Interactive Collage Experiment – COLLAGE THIS WALL – on until August 16th.  Cut, paste and create your personal masterpiece from the collection of material available in the LZ.



06 2012

Material Art & Design: Ritual and Repetition Exhibit


Ritual and Repetition is the latest exhibition at the Learning Zone to feature OCADU student talent. Currently on exhibition is artwork by the third year students’ Fibre: Concept Development Material Art & Design class of Lynne Heller.

On display are students’ projects which encompass the idea of ritual and repetition. The students were asked to make one hundred elements, and then assemble them into one completed piece. The concept of ritual and repetition is examined and explored using various materials, techniques, and activities such as collecting, marking, stitching, drawing, photography, weaving, unraveling, building, scratching, collaging and manipulating.



04 2012

Developing a Sense of Regional Colour Exhibition Ends


Developing a Sense of Regional Colour Exhibition ends this week, so this is your last chance to come to the Learning Zone and catch this dynamic collection of student artwork from Linda Montgomery’s Colour in Context classes.


03 2012

Developing a Sense of Regional Colour


The Learning Zone exhibited work from Linda Montgomery’s Fall 2011 “Colour in Context” classes at OCAD University. The concept for this project was to explore the meaning of “regional colour” using colour, shape, collage and texture.

“Even though we many recognize regional cuisines or customs, we often fail to take into account the importance of the local colours that characterize a particular area…determining regional colours and designing cities and products using colour and image should be viewed as one of the professional colourist’s most important jobs.”  -Kobayshi


02 2012

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