Ed Kluz Masterclass

Ed Kluz held a collage masterclass for Ripon Arts at Littlethorpe Village Hall 10am-4pm

Ed is an artist and designer with a growing reputation here and in London where he now lives. He has had solo exhibitions in Ripon and elsewhere. These have been followed by commissions from the Victoria & Albert museum, Faber & Faber and Newby Hall. We are very fortunate to have him take our workshop in November.

See his website (www.edkluz.co.uk) for more details about Ed and examples of his work

Notes on the Ed Kluz collage workshop.

‘The time flew by’.
Nine members of Ripon Arts attended the masterclass.

Ed introduced us to one of his latest works, a 1950s ‘spiky legged’ small drawer unit with collages applied to the top, sides and drawer fronts, all protected with coats of clear polyurethane, an inspiring start, what a standard to follow! He then gave us a brief historical context, introducing work by Miro, Matisse and John Piper, this was available all day for us to browse.

Pluck up courage and start.

There was no putting it off any longer. We were to create our own ‘work of art’. We had been asked to bring along quick drying paints, acrylics, gouache, inks, coloured paper, thin card, magazines and news paper. Ed asked us to spend the morning ( two hours) applying texture to the paper,card and newsprint We used many techniques, brush applied paint, card scraper, sponge, twigs, rollers, wax pencil, diffusers, paints on wax resist, printing. As the hysteria mounted and the tables and then floor became covered with a kaleidoscope of colour and texture Ed reminded us that we should keep in mind, the possible tonal range and even the possible subject of our collage! !

Exhausted, we had lunch.

The moment of truth, how do we turn twenty or thirty pages of ‘texture’ into a collage to be proud of? We knew looking at Eds ‘resource bag’ that a lot would not be used, but would in future collages. Two of the group had brought photographs on which their work would be based, others needed inspiration. In some cases the mount board we had brought determined the scale of the work, and/or the colour, Ed suggested the shape we cut the board would influence the design, a square giving greater freedom than a rectangle. We looked at the textures we had created, and in that process called the ‘creative leap’ images began to form in our minds. We saw in the swirls and scrapes on our textured paper, clouds, rocks, seaweed, curtains, cat fur, skyscrapers, fish scales, shafts of light. We tentatively started to cut shapes, arrange them on the mountboard, rearrange them, add more, take away, had coffee, rearranged again until we were happy with the effect. In some cases the plain colour of the mountboard required texture itself, some used tissue to give variations of one colour others used paint in bold scrapes or wet runs.

Crunch time.

The design finalised, we used PVA to permanently glue the collage. No turning back only the addition of a few finishing touches, small cut outs to suggest windows on a skyscraper, leaves blowing from a tree, inked lines to suggest folds in a fabric.
The crit.
The resulting collages were very different in scale, colour, texture and subject. We all had coffee and cake while Ed gave a very positive and constructive crit. I think he was impressed with the variety of subjects we had tackled and the quality of our work, we were certainly very impressed with his guidance and enthusiasm. Have a look at the collages we produced in the Galleries section of the website.

Thank you Ed.