Best of 2014: Texture & Collage with Luca Mainini

Before January closes in on us, I’m sharing some of the best bits from 2014 at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. This first post of the series looks at the Texture and Collage workshop with collage artist Luca Mainini which took place at Tate Britain in August…

In response to the display they curated, BP Spotlight: Source, Tate Collective London devised a series of 6 workshops which explored a different theme for each month that the display was open.

August explored texture and collage with a workshop led by Italian collage maker-extraordinaire Luca Mainini.


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The session started with a visit to Source, where Luca talked through the pieces in the display which inspired him and related to his personal practice as a collage artist. This talk highlighted the use of collage techniques by artists such as Joe Tilson, who had several pieces in the display.

Inspired by the display and the piece that Luca was commissioned to create for the Texture & Collage edition of the Source brochure (above) the group spent the morning cutting and sticking, creating physical collages that would be later turned into GIF’s.

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The physical collages were scanned to make digital versions ready to animate. Luca live demo-d how to manually transform them into moving GIF’s using Photoshop and the free online GIF maker 15folds.


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The group spent a focused afternoon animating their collages in Photoshop, piece by piece, to great result – see a selection of the final GIF’s below:



In exploring how to transform a physical paper collage into it’s animated digital counterpart, the session brought a technique used by artists from the early 20th century straight into the digital age.

Watch this space for the next in the series…