I know it's been a while, and I've received so many emails in the meantime asking me to keep Notpaper alive… and I've been at odds because I felt like I had to make a decision to either shut it down, or breathe some life back into the blog.
But I couldn't bring myself to let this end! I have met so many wonderful people through this little project, and who knows what kind of opportunities it could bring forward in the future. So even though I have a day/night/weekend job as a freelance designer, I'm going to try to make it work.
I've decided to do interviews less often, and just post imagery—new projects and artists—all the time. I've also finally implemented a redesign and migrated from my old blog platform, which has been in the works for over a year now. (You can leave feedback for the new design in the comments!) Hope you like what you see, and submissions are now open!
All the best,
PS. Now I get to sift through the many hundreds of emails I have waiting, so you might see your work up here soon.
Here's a little update on Andrei Cojocaru, who I featured the first time in November 2008 (almost three years ago!). His work has changed a lot since then, and I feel like it has gotten more sophisticated in a way. I really love seeing the change in artists over the years, I was pleased to hear from him.
Still in Paris, France!
Q: Last time we spoke, you were in school studying law, has any of that changed?
Yes! Many things have changed since... I've received my (utterly useless) degree in International Law and have started working in advertising as an account executive; I work in a big agency, a small cog in a large wheel! It's a very stressful and time-consuming job but it's interesting and it gives me the opportunity to hang out and work with talented people.
Apart from that, I'm still trying to do as much collage work as I can, it's my therapy and my escape from all the stress around me.
Q: How has your work changed since our last interview?
I'm not sure how to explain it, I think my style and work method are in a continuous evolution. It all depends on my mood at the moment, I sometimes go for simple, clean compositions, with geometric elements, some other times I would go for busier, "dirtier" collages, more chaotic, with lots of different elements, torn papers as opposed to cleanly cut shapes, etc. The objective however remains the same: to have a result that's pleasing to the eye.
Because of work I often go for weeks without touching a single piece of paper or my trusty cutter but than of the blue I get into "collage frenzy" and come up with 12-15 pieces in one night. I'm usually pleased with 4 or 5 of them, the rest I keep in a corner for later, I might work on them again in a month or two.
Q: Did any other artists influence your recent changes?
Back in 2008 when you have first interviewed me I was discovering lots of great artists thanks to deviantart; soon after that I've switched to flickr where I keep discovering great artists every day! My recent influences and inspiration sources are Genadii Berёzkin, Marek Haiduk, Pierre Botardo, Ciro MacCord, Beth Hoeckel, Jeffrey Meyer (goofbutton) and last but certainly not least, all the members of the WAFA collective!
Q: Any recent accomplishments you are proud of?
Yes, there are a few! First of all I have recently launched a website, andreicojocaru.net, to showcase my work and "get my name out there" a bit more.
Also, I have done two great collaborations over the last months, the first one with Milcho Pipin, a photographer living in Brazil - I've used his photos to make digital collages, you can see the results on my site and on flickr. The second collab is with ▲°, a British artist. It's still work in progress but I really love how things are going forward, can't wait to share the results!
Q: Do you have any future projects in mind?
Once again, the answer is yes! I would like to get involved in new activities such as video editing or sound design/music making, because I believe the principles of collage can be applied there too: you can take bits from many different and unrelated sources, cut them up, rearrange them together and come with a totally new and surprising creation. I have the ideas in my head, I'm trying to save up to get the proper tools and of course I need to find the time necessary for these projects.
Until then (and also after!) I'll keep doing collages, as many and as often I can!
I really dig collaborations so anyone reading this who might be interested in working together, drop me a line! : )
Thanks again, Andrei!
Hello all, sorry for the delay. We had to do some updates to our hosting, and I was unable to post for a little while. Everything is now back on schedule! If you notice anything strange or broken, please contact me at email@example.com
If you are still looking for a way to help out our friends in Japan, from now until Friday, March 25th, 100% of the profits from all print sales at the Mammoth Collection will be donated to the Doctors Without Borders Emergency Relief Fund. Read more about it at their blog, Hey Mammoth.
Image: Viscereality by Lionel Williams, for sale at Mammoth Collection.
Well, what do you think of the new web design? I would love to hear your opinions! The main goal of the new site was to make it easier to browse and to welcome more readers to participate. Also, I feel like the cleaner look allows for a better display of work. I am still adding some little things here and there, but I would love to know if there is anything you would like to see!
Also, currently I am using the background Chad made us a while back, but I would love to have a background that changes periodically. Plus, what a great way to have your work on the front page!
Background submission guidelines:
Please submit with your name and a link to your website.
Can be handmade or digital.
Does not have to be an original work, can be an old piece of work.
Must be 1440 x 1024 or larger, a jpg file, attached in the email.
Please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry everyone, I've been a bit all over the place lately, and posting has been pretty sparse... (graduating and such). But Not Paper will continue. I just wanted to give you all a heads up. Also, I am still looking for anyone interested in guest posting once in a while, or even just once.
I might do some little updates around the blog, design and functionality related. Let me know in the comments or by email if there's anything you'd like to see that's currently missing!
Sorry for the hiatus, I am glad to be back let me tell you!
Just a side note, I will be updating the version of Movable Type this site runs on, so if Notpaper looks funny in the next few days that's why...
While I've been gone I've been collecting some interviews from amazing artists, so be excited!