Mystic Krewe of Scissors & Glue

Organic Construction by Christopher Kurts
11”x8.5”; analog collage; 2019
Courtesy of the artist.

Mystic Krewe of Scissors & Glue

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


The Mystic Krewe of Scissors & Glue was founded in July 2018 when Christopher Kurts and Hope Amico met at Kolaj Fest New Orleans. They wanted to connect with other collage artists in New Orleans so they organized a meet-up night at Artisan Bar on St. Claude. The loose collection of collagists met once a month for a casual collage making session. Over time, the group started to take on projects. They partnered with the local non-profit Whole Village Art Therapy for a World Collage Day 2019 event that hosted an all ages collage meetup. They organized a submission-based exhibition “Unfamiliar Vegetables” and created “Collage Starter Kits” for the 2019 edition of Kolaj Fest New Orleans. They also facilitated the “CollabSlab”, a mural-sized collaborative collage that was made during the event.

Ear Worm by Hope Amico
Courtesy of the artist.


The Mystic Krewe of Scissors & Glue provides a community for collage artists in New Orleans to connect with each other, from people who have never collaged in their life until they attend a monthly meet-up to artists who have been working with collage for years, to activate spaces around the city with collage, to collaborate on projects, and to give back to the city of New Orleans.


“People come and go and participate at their own leisure,” reports Kurts who is a main organizer along with Hope Amico and Michael Pajon. Other active members include Savanna Meekins, Shae Freeman, Ella Campbell, Nathan Sutter, Nicole McCaffrey, Kevin Comarda, Jill Stoll and Maria Degtiarenko.


To get involved, join the Krewe’s Facebook group or follow them on Instagram for announcements. Interested artists are invited to send an email or just show up at a monthly meet-up.


Monthly Meet-Up
The group has a collage meet-up on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. The group meets at The Domino on St. Claude in the Bywater.

Special Projects
The group is actively working on a collaborative group exhibition and exploring other projects.



Dorothea: What’s Left by Maria Degtiarenko
8”x24.5”; photograph on aluminum panel; 2019
Courtesy of the artist.