This method is used to access and harness intuitive knowing and aesthetic sensemaking; it disrupts linear, habituated reasoning, contributing to new framing and innovative ideation.
Collage allows both rational and emotional reasoning to surface through the free combination of images which, due to their evocative power, can contribute inspiration to new imaginative horizons. It is typically used to express and share emotions, themes, and ideas via an intuitive visual representation related to a specific topic. It can be an effective tool for clarifying observations or crystallizing ideas, visions, or scenarios before moving into more tangible brainstorming or definition of action steps.
Collage can be a highly inclusive method because: a) it can be used with a variety of age ranges (from very young to adult and elderly audiences); b) it can be employed by people with special needs, who might not feel at ease communicating verbally; c) it requires less “creative confidence” as compared to drawing or other forms of artistic expression; d) it is suitable for people from cultures that primarily value oral ways of communicating (e.g. indigenous communities).
The process of creating a collage can be done collaboratively and (optionally) combined with the principles of 23. Silent Conversation, p. 50. In this version, participants experiment with their intuitive listening to collaborate with others in silence and learn to be mindful of their own style of participation.
Abundance of pre-cut or torn out images from magazinesstored neatly in a folder or box; for a 3D collage, include clay,recycled materials, etc.; glue sticks, small scissors, and felt-tipmarkers; A3 or larger paper for individuals; One or two piecesof flip chart paper for collaborative collage; one storage boxand one folder per group to keep materials organized.
Various collage techniques: “Painting with Scissors: 6 Paper Collage Techniques to Try”.
A story of collage: “How Is Collage Used in Art?”.
Collage in research: Hamilton & Pinnegar (2009). Creating Representations: Using Collage in Self-Study.
Vaughan (2005). Pieced Together: Collage as an Artist’s Method for interdisciplinary research.
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