Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Two Tuesdays - Collage #7

2012 Collage Challenge

© K. Johnson 'Untitled' - 7" x 5" collage on paper
Giving a title to my work has always been a challenge. Once in a while if I'm working on something with intent, the meaning can come through in the finished piece and the title is right there on the surface for me to grab. More often, especially with collage, I let the process and materials lead me without much planning or forethought. I think these are sometimes my more successful pieces but the meaning can stay hidden from me until much later on.

Well, this is one of those"Untitled" pieces that is not speaking to me just yet. If you have any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them.

What's your process for coming up with titles? Is it easy or do you struggle?

All the collages in this series can be seen here.


  1. It should come as no surprise that I was totally drawn to this piece, Kathy! It's warm, harmonious and flows. The word "Remnants" came to mind.

    When a piece doesn't graciously introduce it's name to me, I get a notebook or piece of paper and jot down whatever words come to me as I look at the piece then let that mellow for awhile. Later I go back to the list and pick out the words that still seem to hold meaning for the piece. Sometimes the right title then pops from those words or some derivation with new words that are fitting. So ... sometimes it's easy and sometimes not. Bravo on a beautiful creation!

    1. Thank you Carol. A little brain storming and letting the words simmer for a bit sounds like a great approach. Will definitely give that a go. I do like the word "Remnants" as my favorite spots in the collage are the 2 small pieces from the spine of a very old book that was falling apart.
      I just read about your piece called Dallastown's Wrinkle and how that title came to be. Very touching.

    2. Ahhhhhh ... it's the book spine remnants that I especially was drawn to in your collage although I didn't know what they were! Fascinating. Good group last night. Sorry you had to leave early.

  2. Your collages are coming along beautifully! I agree with Carol in that it's warm and harmonious. I always appreciate a visit from you. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you Adriann!
      I always enjoy my visits to see what you are thinking about and working on.
      I'm going to make my niece a small journal with your cardboard tube cover idea - I know she will love it and then go on to make a few herself.