Collage artist Miranda Millward is fascinated by serendipity, memory, and nostalgia. Miranda’s collage making plays on memories real, imagined and fictional. The domestic, feminine pastimes and childhood memories are often visual reference points.
Miranda’s favourite materials to work with are old postcards, vintage children’s books, paper sewing patterns, found photographs, encyclopaedias, lurid-coloured cookbooks, magazines and discarded papers. As a creative “hunter gatherer” searching for, seeking out, collecting together and sorting through, images and ephemera is a key part of the creative process. The people Miranda meets and the places she visits whilst she is hunting for collage materials are as much a part of the project, their stories are woven into the work.
Miranda is currently working on a series of collages called “Domestic Science” because of its retro feminine content juxtaposed with scientific and technological experimentation and endeavor from years gone by. The work it playful and tongue in cheek but can often have a more ambiguous meaning or message.
The accessibility of analogue collage as a medium has huge appeal. Miranda uses basic equipment – scissors, scalpel and glue stick alongside a variety of low-fi techniques such as cutting, tearing and pasting sometimes incorporating image transfer techniques using packing tape, solvents and tracing paper.
For those people who do not have time to hunt out collage materials Miranda also sells a popular selection of “Make Your Own Collage Kits” containing a range of collage materials and ephemera to help anyone to get started on making collages. Miranda also enjoys running her popular “Cut, Paste, Create…” collage workshops to introduce people to the satisfaction of making collage from old materials.
Miranda Millward is an artist, arts educator and cultural worker specialising in museums and museology. Since 2017 Miranda has specialised in collage making and creating the occasional artist’s book. Ephemera hunting and collecting is a key part of Miranda’s practice. Recently Miranda has exhibited at The Old Fire Station in Oxford and Prema Arts in Uley, Gloucestershire. Miranda is an Associate Artist at Magdalen Road Studios, OVADA and Arts at the Old Fire Station. Miranda is interested in developing reminiscence as part of her collage practice and often runs workshops to share with others the subtleties of collage making both tactile and in terms of memories both real and imagined. In 2020 Miranda will be collaborating with the charity Oxfam to exhibit her work at their new Oxfam Superstore and showcase how she uses preloved materials and ephemera in her collage work.