Monday, June 6, 2011

Abstract Fabric Collages

Abstract Fabric Collages

At the May meeting of The Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana, I led the group in creating abstract fabric collages. Mary Ingalls and Michael Young assisted. We, along with Rosemary Uchniat, had recently taken a class with Randall Henry, a local abstract artist who uses mostly paper, tissue and found objects. Materials are easy to find - fabric, fibers, magazine paper, tissue paper, glue, foam brushes and found objects. I used heavy paper or fabric for my background. Below are some of the collages I created as samples.

"Blue Bayou"

"Eye See You"

Collage: An artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color. (


"In the Forest"

"Blue Skies"

TIPS: Be careful when gluing. Too much glue can warp a paper background. Work intuitively. Don't try to create a picture. Starching and pressing fabrics makes them easier to handle and gives a different appearance. I used Elmer's glue, Liquitex Fabric Medium and Liquitex Gloss Varnish.

Collage: French meaning pasting. Artistic technique of applying manufactured, printed, or "found" materials, such as newspaper, fabric, wallpaper, etc. to a panel or canvas, frequently in combination with painting. (

Abstract art: Art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, form color, etc. (from