The initial study series, "Dog Walk Collages" were inspired while pet sitting for a friend. Penelope, was walked twice a day. During the morning sessions, Laura Lee gathered items from the ground, that caught her eye. These items represented textures, colours, patterns, and shapes. The items were both natural - that is part of nature, and artificial - that which was man-made. From these items, she created spontaneous collages and photographed them. Then, she explored the various items individually and photographed them, and logging them into a walking and photographic journal.
For the upcoming summer and fall workshops, participants will collect items from the nearby urban forest, neighbourhood and beaches surrounding Aberthau Mansion, Stanley Park, and other urban natural areas throughout Vancouver. Participants will create their own collages, which will be photographed. Additionally, several "interactive collage boxes" will be created.
The workshops will be designed to bring participant's closer to a sense of nature, landscape, place and provide art making opportunities in the genre of collage with natural and found objects.
The following photo gallery depict the various collages made during 14 dog walks.
Photos: Laura Lee Coles