::Raining umbrellas:: Assignment – A Life Story’s Collage

Raining Umbrellas: an artist's collage
The briefing was to create a collage which explained who we are as artists today. We, the students, ie Little Miss Joey. 
I had a hard time coming up with a collage which would reflect why I'm an artist today. I think my main difficulty was that I don't see myself as an artist. I'm only now beginning to use the word creative. Which I love, by the way. Love. But moving on…
In order of appearance in my life, there's photography, just because Dad always loved it and I believe that's where I get it from. That said, it was the last creative hobby I found. Interesting, huh? Or maybe not. In any case, it's the one I enjoy the most now and that I do more often. Mum hand sews and embroiders like noone I know. She's an artist and did a lot of my toys when I was little. She's an inspiration on the crafty side of things… So this is how I started.
What moves me? Light does. It's the single most important thing in my photography (and life in general). Closely followed by colour. Colour is a big thing for me and I love how it impacts a photo. And then there's my recently discovered niche… little snippets of life (or in its less interesting form, stuff!).
I don't think the map of my inspiration would be complete without mentioning Flickr and the huge source of beautiful images I see there everyday. I love seeing other people's photos and how we all see the world in so many different ways. And there's the blogging community; I find it incredibly inspirational to read the blogs I read, powered by Google Reader (thank you Google people!). I have a preference for photography, crafty and decor blogs, but looking at my list now it's very eclectic indeed.
If you want to see the original notebook sketch, here it is
Yet another journey of self discovery which I quite enjoyed! 


  1. cococita
    3 May 2011 / 22:13

    Did I already say your handwriting is art in se? And yes, you are an artist! Being eclectic can be seen as a gift, even if being inspired by so many things makes you not wanna go to bed and have some relaxing and necessary sleep 😉

  2. Dobbin
    3 May 2011 / 22:34

    All these blog posts – the creativity course is obviously working. No way I can keep up with you…Like the collage and the way its arranged on the notebook, nice idea.

  3. vicki
    3 May 2011 / 22:57

    Wow, Joey, I actually gave a little gasp when I saw this! Simply beautiful. It seems to tell a story… your life story. 🙂

  4. Wendy
    4 May 2011 / 00:57

    Im with you about how its difficult to call oneself an “artist” – but youve definitely got that creativity rolling!

  5. Fenny Setiawan
    4 May 2011 / 03:12

    Joey, I love your collage. I saw the original sketch also. You really interpret well with the picture to describe it. Brilliant. (oww.. and I love your hand writing..)

  6. primalchild
    4 May 2011 / 04:11

    This is just awesome. I love the sketchbook thing. and the color. and the photos…. oh, heck, I just love ALL of it. I also like how you made a sketch of your idea first! I never go in with a plan, it just kinda start in one place and end up somewhere entirely different. LOL. (Your handwriting is exquisite, I agree 🙂 )

  7. Little Miss Joey
    4 May 2011 / 12:10

    Thanks everyone :DIm sitting here with a huge smile at your comments, so sweet!About the handwriting… double line school books thanks to my 3rd grade teacher 😀 Shed be so pleased with your comments :)@cococita: definitely makes me not want to get to bed or eat lunch properly… this is brilliant!@Dobbin: yes, you can! Get working!@vicki: thank you for this assignment; Ive discovered so many things about myself already… really enjoyable but also useful.@Wendy: thanks for understanding :)Really amazed at how the course got me going from the word go :)@Fenny: Thank you 🙂 I thought it would be useful to have the original one for comparison :)@primachild: thank you so much!! Im not that organised with the planning, this is how I get the ball rolling. I sat at our dinner table with a blank head and a blank notebook and started writing the post first and then the sketch popped into my head (Im very schematic in my line of thought) and then it appeared 🙂 I learned thats how I get creative 🙂 Brilliant!

  8. Emma Fuss
    4 May 2011 / 12:57

    Your photos are really lovely Joey.

  9. Little Miss Joey
    4 May 2011 / 12:59

    Thank you Emma 🙂

  10. Silvia La Gata Con Botas
    4 May 2011 / 15:20

    Oh, how I love this! What a great way to “define” inspiration. I love the idea of combining photos with handwriting… And your handwriting is so beautiful! Congratulations, I think you did a great job 🙂

  11. Little Miss Joey
    4 May 2011 / 17:09

    Thank you Silvia 🙂 I found it a brilliant start to the course!

  12. Jin
    4 May 2011 / 18:22

    Little Miss Joey – I love the flow. It demonstrates that the process is just that..a process… I love it!!

  13. Little Miss Joey
    4 May 2011 / 22:45

    Thank you Jin :)I really enjoyed the creative process of this assignment too. Heading over to look at yours now 🙂

  14. live a lot
    7 May 2011 / 12:01

    HiI really lovet this collage!! Good job!See you soon again!!MAlin

  15. Debby
    8 May 2011 / 02:12

    Lovely collage. Great color and composition. Very inviting 🙂

  16. Little Miss Joey
    8 May 2011 / 09:02

    Thank you ladies :)Im really enjoying being part of such a creative group and doing the course with you!

  17. melismusinginmay
    9 May 2011 / 19:54

    My first comment across our creative table, was Joey, how did you do that?!, thats amazing!! I really liked the eye line the middle of the pictures in the centre, and paired them as colour themes. The freestyle on the sides are awesome, because it shows to me both sides of your creative personality, the organised and the free flowing. Everyones handwriting looks so different in a photograph… even to me, it looks different and I see it every day.Muppet x

  18. jacelyn darelam
    10 May 2011 / 15:08

    I love your collage… very simple but talks alot about you as a person and as an artist… keep it up!♥xo♥Darelam

  19. Little Miss Joey
    10 May 2011 / 18:52

    @melismusinginmay: thanks 🙂 it does show that about me in a very honest way actually :)@Darelam: thank you very much for such a nice comment 🙂 going over to see your collage now!

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