The Cut & Paste Studio

The Cut & Paste Studio

Explore poetry and collage to expand your practice and open up new avenues for mixed-media writing.

Typically attributed to Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque with the advent of cubism, collage is nearly as old as the invention of paper itself and soon became pervasive in Western art. In poetry, collage usually describes a technique that combines different textual sources into a single poem, as for example in Simone Muench’s Wolf Centos or John Ashbery’s ‘To a Waterfowl’. However, a number of poets have combined poetry and visual collage, or used the techniques in parallel with one another and this course will also look at the visual work of Rachel Blau Duplessis, D.A. Levy, John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, and Helen Adam, amongst other. Collecting scraps from magazines, art books, and everyday life, we will explore the aesthetics and politics of cut and paste, investigating its use also as a grounding ritual and research methodology. 

We will see how the work of the poet echoes that of the collage artist – gathering impressions from various sources to be arranged into distinctive patterns that enable new meaning to emerge. Rebeka Elizegi writes that ‘Collage is a hybrid language in itself, as it feeds on different kinds of elements and is made out of diversity, but at the same time it allows artists to create dialects and grammars with their own personalities’.   

There is also a ritual element to assembling material into specific shapes and signs. The technique provides an organic form of engagement with the visual world around us and enables us to respond with our own idiosyncratic compositions. Through cutting and pasting both image and text, we will create visual representations of our internal and external landscapes. Each session will provide instructions for you to add new pieces to your collage portfolio and help you compose experimental forms of poetry that will open up new avenues for mixed-media writing. 

Studios are 4-week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About Danne Jobin View Profile

Originally from the Swiss Jura, Danne Jobin holds a PhD in English from the University of Kent in Canterbury and has an interest in trans & nonbinary poetics, collage, and the practice of poetry as a form of magic. Danne’s poems have been published in Magma, harana poetry, Datableed and Tenebrae. They have performed at the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival, as well as for the 87 Press and Datableeder. Danne has also reviewed books for the Poetry School, Wasafiri, Transmotion, and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Danne vlogs weekly on their YouTube channel Poetology and organises workshops on collage poems, poetic rituals, and queer poetics. Having recently trained as a creativity coach, they want to support other poets in starting and maintaining a flexible and imaginative writing practice that keeps them engaged in their daily life connected to one another. 

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