Juxtaposition is the comparison of two ideas by proximity. Collage in the most fundamental sense is an act of juxtaposition, which carries the potential to produce new ideas, concepts and meaning.
As a process collage and also juxtaposition generally can be a great way to ideate and generate inspiration for a variety of creative projects. As a product, collage may take many forms from polished digital paintings or rough rip and paste mixed media. There is a long history of collage which provides a backdrop for this project, but more interestingly is the contemporary resurgence of this method of image making.
Collage has found a home in mainstream advertising, fashion, design, art, and of course most ubiquitously music. Collage is an art-form which has been embraced with equal affection by artists and designers from many backgrounds. In this projects students apply collage techniques in a variety of ways, but ultimately use their designs to produce graphic designs for tote bags that are produced in collaboration with Melanie McClintock in the VCUQatar Fashion Design department.