Thrift Store Purchase Inspires Collage Collaboration

Last December I bought a painted wooden canvas that an anonymous person had donated to Value Village. After studying it, I decided to follow some of the patterns of the paint swirls, adding tissue paper, thread, dots of acrylic paint, and handmade papers to the canvas. The dark purple shape in the top left quadrant …

Animal Spirit Guides Inspire Collage Art!

I bought Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm’s The Druid Animal Oracle Deck  in 2008 in hopes of developing collage workshops based on animal teachings. My friend Ellen Jaffe, a poet and teacher, found the idea interesting, so we gave the deck a trial run at a yoga studio, each of us selecting a card at random …

Memorial Collage and Poem for my Cousin Patrick Harvey Jones (1972-2019)

Not long before Pat died, he sent a card thanking me for a Christmas gift. The medication that he was taking caused his hands to shake, and it touched me that he still made time to write despite the difficulty. When composing Cousin Pat’s Letter, it seemed right that the piece should include an example …

Sample Chapter from Visualizations for Heartbreak: Words, Photographs, and Collages by Catherine Raine

Anguish Your anguish is a force, a separate soul that cries out for solace and remedy. A thousand words of comfort rise from the ache in my throat, but they cannot restore the beloved person who abandoned you. Into this void, my voice may drop like a stone. It hurts to see you cry, face …

Ink Drip Patchwork Collage

To create this effect, I repeatedly placed an ink-loaded paintbrush at various points at the top of the canvas. Then I tilted the canvas upright to allow the rivulets of ink to create their own pathways on the way down. After the vertical lines dried, I turned the canvas and repeated the process in order …

Heart Mosaic in the Garden

A mosaic of stones, coins, and jewellery had been growing in our front garden box since May, but it wasn’t until late August that the idea for a heart border took root. Heart-shattered by the hatred in Charlottesville that led to death of Heather Heyer on August 12th, gathering these shards and bits of ephemera into …

The Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream (Collage and Poem)

Response to the Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream Transitions define my body. Look how the current splashes my legs turquoise, the moon silks my chest, and wild solitude cools my nimbus to blue, white, and lavender. Behold the purple eye that guides my canoe down the Amazon, riding the night rapids in a dream of passages, …

Shipwrecks and Voyages: A Collage Journey by Catherine

In this collage series inspired by sea and river voyages, shipwrecks tilt on the ice, abstract shapes go swimming, and an arctic hare chews on a twig. Meanwhile, a famous Norwegian explorer inhabits a turnip-shaped kayak, and a tapir chooses a canoe for his journey downstream. (This collage has a poem to accompany it!)