Williston, Vermont, USA
TLDF, or The Little Dream Factory, began when a few artists started to come together for informal sessions in 2019 during which they would talk about art, opportunities for exhibitions, and inspiration. They later decided to formalize their group meetings and started involving the community at large with the intention of educating new friends and colleagues about collage. They noticed a vacuum regarding anything collage in their part of Vermont and so aimed to fill that vacuum with fun, camaraderie, and lots and lots of workshops.
The group’s mission is to elevate collage, to share it with as many people as possible, and to make it accessible and affordable to everyone. They believe in the therapeutic aspect of collage making and focus on the connection between collage practice and mental well being. Among TLDF members are coaches, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, designers, LGBTQ advocates, students, small business owners and professional artists. Sharing their love for collage is what brings them together, uniting under the collage banner.
The group’s organizer, Madcollage, says “To us, trying is more important than being famous or recognized. We open our arms to every artist no matter where they are in their careers: from absolute beginners to consummate experts. We believe in cross pollination of ideas and everyone is encouraged to share without concern or fear of harsh criticism.”
You can see what TLDF is doing by visiting their website. They keep all the events, happenings and news current and reply to any inquiry within the same day.
TLDF has done workshops with a variety of themes, including assemblage, Victorian collage, basics of composition, tutorials on materials, transparencies, and mixed media.
The group has organized exhibitions and calls to artists. They also publish a quarterly art journal.