MARGARET MEETS: ADAM HALE, THE DAILY SPLICE
Image credit: @the.daily.splice ‘170 Binx’ This month at Margaret we met with Adam Halefirstname.lastname@example.org. A collage artist extraordinaire, Adam transforms old magazine cut outs into new images focusing his work on topical news and fashion stories. New friend of Margaret, we recently had the pleasure of working with Adam for the ‘Diesel-on-Sea’ pop-up, where his […]
Image credit: @the.daily.splice ‘170 Binx’
This month at Margaret we met with Adam Haleemail@example.com.
A collage artist extraordinaire, Adam transforms old magazine cut outs into new images focusing his work on topical news and fashion stories.
New friend of Margaret, we recently had the pleasure of working with Adam for the ‘Diesel-on-Sea’ pop-up, where his designs could be found adorning the Bussey Building rooftop for a quintessentially British Seaside event.
Find out more about Adam through our 14 questions below, and to see his work for yourself head over to Instagram here..
Let’s start off with your favourite Margaret from History (we’re sure you have a multitude, but pick that special one.)
Not exactly from history but I’m a big fan of Maggie Taylor’s work. She’s a digital artist who uses collage techniques to create awesome surrealist dreamscapes!
Can you tell those who may not know, who are you and what do you do?
I’m a collage artist and animator. I collect images from magazines and experiment to form new meaning and narratives. Three years ago I started The Daily Splice, an Instagram feed showcasing my personal work which opened up opportunities to work with other artists and brands such as Adidas, Virgin Atlantic and The New York Times.
Why do you do it?
I started The Daily Splice when I realised how many free magazines were left lying around tube and train stations in London. As a commuter I was therefore handed reams of free high quality images each week in the form of advertisements and magazine features – perfect collage material. Creating artwork regularly is a passion and without it I think I’d burst!
Why should people pay attention?
Well to quote Forrest Gump; “you never know what you’re gonna get!” I share artwork daily and it varies so much. It could be a humorous take on a recent news story or an evocative portrait that’s metaphorically (as well as physically) layered. The meaning behind my work is often subjective – I like to create images that are simple to the eye but contain many connotations.
Any words of wisdom?
If you’re a perfectionist like me you probably never quite finish what you’re working on, and this holds you back from your grand list of ideas. Come up with a quick-fire version of what you’re doing as a kickstarter. You should work on something and then leave it alone and move on. You can always return and develop it down the line.
How do you think (what you do) will change over the next 5 years?
I want to create bigger artwork; I’ll be looking for opportunities to fill walls instead of pages. I also want to develop some of my animation ideas – so far I’ve only produced short, looping animations for social media but I’d love to do a music video!
How have your skills evolved since starting?
I began with scissors, glue and magazine cuttings and it hasn’t evolved much from there! I use a few digital techniques when working on commissioned artwork but I try to work by-hand as much as possible. For animations I scan-in images and use Adobe After Effects to bring it all to life – I enjoy the process (and of course the end result) but I’m always looking to minimise the number of steps to the final piece.
What was your earliest ambition?
To land on the moon. As a child I was absolutely obsessed with space!
What has been your greatest achievement, and greatest disappointment?
My greatest achievement (so far) was displaying three of my pieces at the annual Watermill Summer Benefit in The Hamptons NY, at the personal request of its founder Robert Wilson. My greatest disappointment was missing big opportunities due to a lack of confidence at the start of my creative career – I’ve learnt to maximise them all now!
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Anything or anyone that we should watch out for? (e.g. in music, fashion, a writer etc.)
If you haven’t seen Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia’s music video for Coldplay’s Up&Up you need to go and watch it now. It’s the greatest example of collage-in-motion I’ve ever seen!
3 things that we don’t know about you:
I was born on Father’s Day (so I didn’t need to get anything for my Dad that year!)
I’m in love with California and take any opportunity to visit.
I’ve never ever liked Coca-Cola (which seems to be a shock to people for some reason).
Can you write us a one word (or longer if you’re feeling creative) acrostic poem using the letters of MARGARET?
My Art Reacts Gracefully And Reacts Every Time
Can you give us five tunes for one of our famous five for Friday lists?
The Prodigy – Breathe, Jamie XX – Stranger in a Room, Oasis – Live Forever, Joy Division – Shadowplay, The Cure – Friday I’m in Love.