Collage Tile Art, Mandala Style
Collagefliesenkunst, Mandala Stil


After doing simpler collage picture type of artworks, I was interesting in doing larger format works, but couldn't at that time afford the costs of off-set printing, the usual large editions required with that.  One day in 1998 while looking at the historical art nouveau tiles on the floor of the then city library in Bamberg, I had the inspiration to do collage tile artworks, using the regular copy and mirror-image functions of the color copiers which I would enjoy using for reproductions of my regular collage artworks.  The first collage tile artworks were and continue to be made by hand, as with the picture collage artworks.  These collage tiles are made with photos printed on paper cut out according to pattern pieces, glued together and glue mounted on a paper or cardboard background, with the compositions being either put together spontaneously or by filling in the parts of a carefully drawn out patterns on millimeter paper as square, rectangular or triangular collage tiles - the work process is like doing itarsien or quilting pieces.  The finished collage tiles earlier were photocopies, (the half of the tiles in regular copy, the other half of the tiles in mirror image copy), cut out and then glued, mounted next to each other onto a background piece of cardboard. 


It was fun in the years of an on-going exhibit from 2000 - 2006 at the downtown Bamberg department store of Hertie/Karstadt to ride my bicycle downtown with in my backpack the single collage tiles for a one meters quare to one one-and-a-half meter square artwork!   At that department store I was provided with the generous use of three larger pieces of bonded white coated boards to install my collage tile artworks upon, which I would  periodically replace with new tile artworks.   That was the art version of pasting up the separate sheets of a larger advertisement on billboards.  Once I had access to a scanner and printer and assistance from one of my sons with digitally putting the tiles together for a complete print version of an artwork, then the tile artworks became more unified in their appearance, the white spaces between the earlier tile artworks were then gone.


The tile artworks shown here are just a few of those that I have already created.  It is possible to view other tile artworks as well, and to do new tile artworks.  Due to the hugely expansive, practically unlimited possibilities of digital printing sizes and materials, such tile artworks can be created and used as artworks for any size and as complete surfaces or tiles printed onto very many materials.  These artworks can be printed in the sizes and materials of stamps or stickers to paper and fabric designs, to wall paper for interiors, up to larger printed synthetic, ceramic or glass tiles or printing for banners, for interior flooring, outdoors paving or for entire building exteriors! 


Many Thanks to my art, photo prints angel for many years, Frau Anne C. Seelmann, DiFoSe, Digital Foto Service Seelmann, (Digital Photo Service), Lange Strasse 21, 96047 Bamberg, Tel. 0951 - 98 09 533, E-Mail,!

Vielen Dank an meine Kunst-, Fotodruck Engel seit viele Jahren, Frau Anne C. Seelmann, DiFoSe, Digital Foto Service Seelmann, Lange Strasse 21, 96047 Bamberg, Tel. 0951 - 98 09 533, E-Mail, www.difose.


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