Paul Calderwood who is based in Edinburgh created these gorgeous collages using public domain images from bird and natural history books from the late 1800s and early 1900s. He cut them up digitally and composited using Photoshop.
Paul is fascinated by birds and spends a lot of time taking photographs of them in and around Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. He is a member of the RSPB and regularly visits reserves and does what he can to contribute towards conservation.
As he’s learnt more about birds he was amazed to find out about the lengths some birds will go to to furnish their nests with coloured objects and for this series entitled Treasured thought it would be fun to mix colourful elements and species to create a fictional world of birds and ‘treasured’ objects that they might use for decoration. Each bird is depicted with an embellished perch and a hoard of interesting artefacts such as jewels, flowers, seashells and polished stones.
You can see more of Paul’s work here and check out his lovely photographs on Flickr.
Bex Glover is a a graphic designer and illustrator working in both digital and physical mediums who works from Severn Studios in Bristol, UK.
Bex is also a painter who works on private and public commissions from hand painted murals to skateboards and even shoes. Her vibrant and stylised artwork and illustration has been featured in fashion projects, magazines, books, animations, packaging, apparel and interior decoration and is inspired by and often features nature, fashion and lifestyle themes.
These paintings were created for Bex’s Fragmented Nature exhibition at the Paper Gallery in Bristol. In them Bex has deconstructed the organic world, to explore shape, geometry, intersecting lines and the fusion of foreground and background elements in vibrant colour palettes and atmospheric layers.
Joseph Alexander Goode is an artist based in Hackney, UK with a flair for eccentricity and a mischievous outlook on life.
The Cygnus Papilio artwork is a collection of assemblage pieces created by foraging through thousands of vintage publications of long-forgotten etchings and paintings. Joseph captures the images digitally and then individually imports them as single layers into the master artwork, which comprises many hundreds of other such layers. Backgrounds, overlays & typographic elements are added to the piece, which is finally formatted for printing. The whole process can take several hundred hours.
One of his pieces has been described as a “Victorian acid trip” and Joseph says, “I’ve tried to focus on beauty in its purest form, and to explore the essence of what we find visually appealing. It’s an incredibly deep & complex science, which nobody fully understands, but it’s important to me to try to push the boundaries of how we define beauty.”
You can see more of what Joseph is up to over on his Facebook page.
Kate Slater is a freelance illustrator who studied at Kingston University. She grew up on a beautiful farm in Staffordshire, UK, from where she still works in her studio in the old apple room.
Kate works in collage and paper-cuts which she uses to create suspended, relief illustrations. The real-life collages often look a bit like tiny, chaotic paper theatre sets which Kate then photographs to produce the final image.
Kate has also had a number of children’s books published.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK’s leading open air gallery and the flock of birds collage was made for the window display of their shop.
Kate’s collage illustration prints, cards and wrapping paper are available to buy in her Etsy shop KateFete.
Alison Kendall Swearingen draws from her training as a marine biologist and science illustrator to reflect upon technical mastery and resilience of the natural world.
To create this series she spent many hours disarticulating a book of Audubon’s Birds of America, before reassembling the cut-out images into surreal paintings and collages which explore the place of nature in the face of industrialisation and technological advancement.
Alison’s paintings and illustrations have appeared in Scientific American, Harvard University Press, college textbooks, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary installations and Bay Area galleries.