Over the past 35 years, I have been creating collage; the good, the bad and the ugly. A unique art form that promises infinite possibilities; Line, shape, color, texture, space, balance, typography, harmony, contrast, and size all play an integral part in the decision making of a collage. The environment also holds some influence as well. For example, St. John's, Newfoundland and Buyakada Island, Turkey are two very different environments, but both offered amazing inspiration. you can see the series on my website: carlschraefel.com The act of cutting and pasting is also a factor in determining the outcome. Often I will recycle used clippings that came off of other bits. The process appears spontaneous, but underlying knowledge of the art elements and numerous previous experimental work lends credibility to my actions. Admittedly, some of the collage are more successful than others. Nevertheless, I am not ashamed to show them all; the good, the bad and the ugly. They are all part of the creative journey. Currently, due to space constraints and the fact that I often travel, I have parred down my materials to the bare necessities: strong A4 sized paper, a good pair of scissors and plenty of glue sticks. Magazines are recycled from where ever I happen to be visiting or temporarily living. Sometimes I will splurge and buy a new magazine to cut up. I try to challenge myself and see how many collages I can create from a single magazine. Each series is influenced by my environment as well as the type of magazines I find or buy. For example, the series I created while staying on Buyakada Island, Turkey reflects a range of magazines that I used for the collages. The results varied, from impressionistic to abstract; my interpretation of the environment which includes the culture, and way of life are often purposely incorporated, using images and symbols that help to inform the viewer of a specific time and place, but this not always the case. Sometimes, I just let my imagination take me where it's meant to go during the time of creation. The original collages were never meant to last because of the impermanent materials used; however I have overcome this problem by preserving the collage through the Giclee printing process. The collage is digitally photographed and ready to be printed on quality paper. Depending on the collage, I will sometimes experiment with enlargement. Once the collage has been printed, it is permanent and complete. The Giclee printing process enriches the colors and textures. Also enlarging the image reveals the subtle details; all the while, staying true to the original collage form. The Giclee print thus becomes a more permanent version of the original collage.