I love the creative editing process that goes into making a collage: sourcing, selecting, extracting, refining and combining different images and materials to create something new.
My influences include pop art, surrealism, and mid-century design and advertising, but my collages have different inspirations. Sometimes I have a story to tell or am responding to an external theme or prompt. At other times, the inspiration may be as simple as two images bumping up against each other on my cutting mat or a grouping of unexpected colours.
Many of the printed papers I use to create my collages come from vintage and second-hand books and magazines and I like to celebrate the qualities of these materials in my work – the different types of paper and colour reproduction bring an echo of the eras that produced them.