About Monica Green
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My name is Monica, I am Danish but live in rural France with my husband and a Jack Russell called Spot. We take long walks in the countryside every day and this is really where I get my inspiration from. Every day I see sights that I would like to turn into a collage! We also have an abundance of wild birds that we feed in our garden so there is another source for inspiration .
I also love the sea and we regularly visit both Cornwall and Denmark where we have family by the seaside. There is something really pleasing about capturing nice photographs and then turning them into a collage made of fabric.
Although I mainly do collage now, I have always loved everything to do with sewing and I also make hand-made shoulder bags and cushions. My favourite day is really when I can sit by my sewing machine surrounded by fabrics and bits and bobs!
From time to time, if I find a fun object I also do one off sculptures. They are usually quite whacky and fun!
All the textiles and objects I use I find at the markets here in France as well as at a great charity shop locally that supports abandoned dogs. A lot of the fabrics originate from clothes, curtains etc.
Sometimes I incorporate small objects in the collages and I use gouache, yarns and old vintage ribbons and jewellery. I really love the aspect of up-cycling things and give them a new lease of life.
I use my sewing machine for free-form embroidery but I also include some hand-embroidery and from time to time I do lino-cut printing on the collages too.
Most of my collages are ready to hang or they can be stretched onto a frame. The ones that are ready to hang are all backed with heavy white cotton and there is a patch on the back with the title of the collage and my signature and date.
All my collage are made and shipped from my atelier in Central France.
Most of my work has a humoristic side to it as I enjoy making things that provoke a smile and make me feel happy. It would be wonderful if my collages could make other people feel happy too!