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A collage from plate to plate...

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Anything and Everything? You can have it all.  Can you collage food? I think so!

b2ap3_thumbnail_sushi.jpgI was eating my supper the other night whilst starting to type this blog and I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about. As I looked at my food it suddenly dawned on me that a collage is anything and everything and that is why they are so wonderful. Let me explain.


I had a quiet evening to myself and so had decadently bought myself my favourite supper of sashimi, seaweed salad, soya beans and other japanese nibbles. I was brought up in Japan as a child and adore their food. Looking down at my collection of small plates of food I realised my supper was a sort of collage on a tray. Little bits of this and that, that come together to make something rather wonderful.

The true definition of collage is “a form of art in which various materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric are arranged and stuck to a backing”. Well my food wasn’t exactly stuck to the tray, and I am replacing fabric and paper with fish and vegetables but it started me thinking about what it is about a collage that is so intriguing.

It’s the idea of having lots of little things all in one place, lots of little bits of everything, lots of little memories that build one whole story. But the story doesn’t need to be a long one - it just needs to tickle our minds and spark off a whole load of other memories.

It could be photos, tickets, bits and bobs collected from an event that lasted an hour or two, an afternoon in the garden, a party, a show or event we went to see. Or it could be a collection of little memories gathered over a few days brought together to thank someone for a great weekend away or holiday. Or it could be a whole lifetime given at an anniversary or in memory ....

Basically the ideas for a collage are endless - it is just the idea of being able to delve back in time to remember those little moments. Not just one perfect photograph but lots of different ones - good and bad! They don’t even need to be photographs - the use of “fabric or pieces of paper” could be bus tickets, menus, sweet wrappers, poems or letters.

If it means something and brings a smile to your face it has done it’s job.

So yes, as I ate my supper I thought my tray of food could be regarded as a collage - as I darted from plate to plate, each mouthful brought a smile to my face that maybe brought back memories of where I had eaten each delicacy before, memories from my childhood, maybe this small supper on a tray was in some form of collage just for that evening ...

... at least until the little plates were clean! 

If this has got you thinking about a collage you would like to make; about food, parties, dogs, horses or interesting travels, a trip to Disney Land then contact me for a chat and I will help you to make your dream collage a reality.  

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Emmy Watt set up ‘The Collage Company’ in 2010 after finding a gap in the digital photographic market. Instead of creating photo books, which end up on the shelf along with long-forgotten photo albums, they wanted to find a way of getting all your favourite photos out on show and still produce a quality product. Taking their marketing and design experience they have taken the traditional collage idea into the 21st century...


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