The infinite possibilities of the collage pattern have made it an enduring and a popular choice for many artists over the past century.

While artists have been layering images and incorporating a blend of creative elements into their masterpieces since the creation of paper, the disordered pattern emerged in the early 20th century as a result of Cubist experiments by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. (Art Space, 2012)

Originating from the French verb “coller” meaning “to glue” or “to stick,” the word collage tends to describe an artwork composed of pasted pieces of colourful paper, newsprint and fabrics. With a broad spectrum of artists producing radically different results, the mixture of autonomous cut outs is responsible for one of the most revolutionary breakthroughs in art history;

“After Picasso and Georges Braque, collage became the most consequential visual-art form of the twentieth century.” — Peter Schjeldahl (Art Space, 2012).

Kurt Schwitters | 1942-43 Collage

Born in Germany in 1887, Kurt Schwitters dubbed the ‘Master of Merz’,  described his logic of adopting all physical and material matters;

“Make use not just of paint and canvas, brush and palette, but all the materials visible to the eye and all tools needed… The wheel off a pram, wire mesh, string and cotton balls – these are factors of equal value to paints.” (Another Magazine, 2016)

Leaving no stone unturned in the design world, Schwitters gained his rightful position as one of the leading practitioners of 20th-century collage. (Another Magazine, 2015)

Pablo Thecuadro

With an increasing number of artists now integrating design ideologies with technology, the traditional experimental methodologies of artists such as Picasso have evolved with a modern twist. 

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Pablo Thecuadro

Fusing traditional concepts with photography, Madrid-based photographer and artist Pablo Thecuadro creates abstract photo collages with a surreal touch.

Pablo Thecuadro

With his latest workings featuring in publications such as Elle Serbia and Cosas Couture, Thecuadro diligently crafts his collages by hand, using a combination of editorial images and a cutter. (Ignant, 2015).

Stéphanie Baechler | FABRIC PROJECT

Fascinated by the ideology that fabric drapery can evoke emotion, Swiss designer Stéphanie Baechler aims to display objects as sculptural artefacts. Believing the uncertain lifecycle of each piece enhances its seduction, Baechler draws inspiration from curtains, fabric pleats, plastic bags,  wrapped objects and creased blankets to construct her collage designs.

Stéphanie Baechler | FABRIC PROJECT

Striving to ensure every collection is sustainable, the Swiss designer attempts to eradicate functionality from her designs, believing it can lead to experiencing a new openness. (Stephanie Baelchler, 2010)

Givenchy | S/S Menswear 2014

Reaching beyond the traditional glue and stick approach,  French fashion house Givenchy uninformed their models in a collage of printed techno-tribalism. 

Givenchy | S/S Menswear 2014

With Tisci basing his all-encompassing aesthetic on dissected technology as a reconfigured tribal pattern. The design connoisseur intricately layered each piece with precise tailoring, creating a contemporary collage with the perfect symmetrical pattern. (Vogue, 2014)

Discussing the infinite possibilities of the post-cubism pattern, Madrid-based photographer Thecuadro comments; 

“The collages I make express the duality in the human being, who we want to be versus who we really are and what part of us we show to others. ‘Collage Art’ is a never ending process, you can put as many images you want together over and over again.” Pablo Thecuadro (Ignant, 2016)

References

Another Magazine (2016) The Pioneers of 20th Century Collage [Online] Available at http://Http://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/8182/the-pioneers-of-20th-century-collage [Accessed 2016]

Art Space (2012) A Cut-Down History of Collage [Online] Available at http://Http://www.artspace.com/magazine/art_101/art_market/art_101_collage-5622 [Accessed 2016]

Ignant (2015) Abstract Photo Collages By Pablo Thecuadro [Online] Available at http://Http://www.ignant.de/2016/01/16/abstract-photo-collages-by-pablo-thecuadro/ [Accessed 2016]

Stephanie Baelchler (2010) Stephanie Baelcher [Online] Available at http://Http://stephaniebaechler.com/11-FABRIC_PROJECT [Accessed 2016]

Vogue (2014) Givenchy 2014 Menswear [Online] Available at http://Http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2014-menswear/givenchy [Accessed 2016]