Playing With Collage

Playing With Collage

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A how-to guide to making your own collages, brimful of fascinating hints and tips from a master of the genre.

Over the course of a 40-year career, Jeannie Baker has perfected the art of collage in the creation of picture-book classics such as Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Window, a Boston Globe-Horn Honor Book. Her stunning pieces, devised by assembling all sorts of different textures, are known all around the globe. Whether it's dried flowers or tiny shells, spaghetti or postage stamps, she uses the world around her to make work that is astonishingly beautiful and deeply creative.

In Playing with Collage, she shares her secrets at last – and encourages her readers to get creative. Within each of this book's four main sections, Jeannie presents an abstract collage of her own and offers suggestions and starting points for beginners. There are no right or wrong answers in this treasure of a book, it's all about trusting your instincts ... and playing!

Book Features:

  • Jeannie Baker is the recipient of an International Board for Young People (IBBY) Honour Award and a Friends of the Earth Award. She's also Australia's nominee for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration.
  • Playing with Collage offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the way an artist works.
  • Like Jeannie's other titles, this book has a strong message about connecting with nature.


Industry Reviews

"Playing with Collage deserves to be on every home and library bookshelf, to serve as inspiration, as well as for entertainment and education. Suitable for a broad range of ages, it shows that everyone can give collage a go." – Kids' Book Review

"...It is like a personal gift from Jeannie Baker herself to every child, educator and parent who has ever loved her work and hoped to play with and arrange natural and man-made materials as she does." – Children's Books Daily

"This is an excellent and very simple breakdown of Jeannie Baker’s process and I highly recommend it for any of her fans and any budding artists out there aged 5+" – Readings

"Playing with Collage is a perfect addition to primary school libraries... it would also make a great gift for a young artist, or any young person who'd like to give collage a go." – Magpies