Wendy Gold's Artistic Alchemy: Collage and Decoupage at Wendy Gold Studios™

At Wendy Gold Studios™, vintage globes and maps are reborn as timeless canvases of creativity and exploration, each bearing the unique mark of two distinct techniques: Collage and Decoupage. These artistic processes serve as the cornerstone of Wendy’s art and brand, each with its own story to tell.

Collage: Uniting Geography and Beauty
Collage is a method where a medley of materials such as recycled vintage maps, ephemera, and handcrafted illustrations are thoughtfully layered. It's akin to composing a symphony where geography and beauty entwine to form new worlds of art.
In the words of artist Max Ernst, "Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational, the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance, upon a plane which apparently does not suit them." In the context of Wendy Gold’s art, these "irreconcilable" elements blend seamlessly, breathing life into vintage maps, and celebrating the world's diverse tapestry.

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Decoupage: Crafting Beauty with a Personal Touch
Decoupage, on the other hand, is a technique where fragments of ephemera are carefully applied to an object's surface and sealed with glues and finishes. It's a process that infuses each creation with a personal touch.
The celebrated artist and critic, Robert Hughes, once said, "Decoupage can be seen as a dialogue between the human hand and the texture of the world." At Wendy Gold Studios™, decoupage transforms globes into dynamic canvases that spin tales of exploration, forging an intimate connection with our vast world.

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The Treasure Hunt: Sourcing the Soul of Art
Before the journey of Collage or Decoupage begins, Wendy embarks on a treasure hunt. Flea markets and online vintage resellers become her playgrounds, where every discovery holds the potential to birth a masterpiece.
For the artist, simply finding a single beautiful vintage butterfly illustration can inspire the vision to create a butterfly theme collage map and ignite a year-long hunt for more vintage butterfly ephemera that can be recycled and used to create her new work of art. This element of serendipity adds an extra layer of magic to the process.

Once Wendy has the pieces collected to start working on creating a piece, it can take several months to organically collage/decoupage what can end up being hundreds of individual pieces together to create a seamless design. To see an example of our butterfly migration collaged map art click here 

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Diverse Techniques, Diverse Experiences
While both Collage and Decoupage embody Wendy Gold’s commitment to Handmade Artistry and Celebrating Life’s Journeys, her brand offers distinct artistic experiences.

Wendy mostly uses collage, with its fusion of elements, on her collage map art, map art vignettes, and personalized push pin travel maps.

Decoupage, on the other hand, is layered paper on the 3D surface of a globe. All of her vintage globe art and decoupaged pin globes are custom handmade to order by Wendy and her team of highly skilled artisan craftspeople. 

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Join the Journey
Are you ready to embark on a creative journey with us? Explore our Collage and Decoupage creations at Wendy Gold Studios™ and discover the world in a whole new light.

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