I discovered the WOMBO Art app by way of the Face in the Crowd Project on David’s Galoshes and Collages. The app is generative design software that will convert words and phrases into intriguing images. I used Jabberwocky Cabbage Baggage to generate the above image, which I modified, and then added one of my photo edges.
O, then I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies’ midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate stone
On the forefinger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
Over men’s noses as they lie asleep;
Her wagon spokes made of long spinners’ legs,
The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers;
Her traces, of the smallest spider web;
Her collars, of the moonshine’s wat’ry beams;
Her whip, of cricket’s bone; the lash, of film;
Her wagoner, a small grey-coated gnat,
Not half so big as a round little worm
Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid;
Her chariot is an empty hazelnut,
Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
Time out o’ mind the fairies’ coachmakers.
The phantom tollbooth,
coming of age
20 love poems
a song of Despair,
George’s marvellous medicine.
with Kurt Vonnegut,
The Cricket in Times Square,
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas,
The unbearable lightness
As an experiment, I selected at random a chapter from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with the intention of substituting the nouns and verbs from another text. Proper names and the verbs, said & cried, were excluded. The text I chose was the Allison Anne interview by Fragmented Collective.
allison anne [pronouns: they/them] is a collagist, mail-artist, zine-maker and graphic designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on occupied Dakota land. Their creative work – a result of years of self-directed experimentation with many traditional and digital mediums – is influenced by an education in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, where they received a Bachelor of Arts degree that also focused on Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. allison’s myriad interests and background create a personal perspective, often expressed through recycled, found, and reclaimed materials. They are an active member of the International Union of Mail-Artists and a founding member of Twin Cities Collage Collective, a group which endeavours to expand access to and interest in collage in Minneapolis-Saint Paul and beyond. Source – Arts to Heart
Examples of their work. Click images to see more
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I tried to maintain the sequence of the selected words as they appeared in the interview. Interestingly, my random choice of chapter from the novel may have not been totally random. I selected chapter 10, which features a discussion of the art of letter writing. At the time, I had not considered this, but when I began the substitution it created an intriguing composition. There was obviously some repetition, as the topics of interest were connected to the artist’s work. What emerged was a composition that was at turns, absurdist, oblique, metaphorical, and ironic. From lines of innuendo to metatextual commentary, this word collage ended up being about collage making and the art process. Read full Word Collage~PDF.
The following images were created by combining text elements from the word collage, a Depiction of Austen from A Memoir of Jane Austen (1871), one of my photos & two of my collage scans.
Please click allison anne’s photo or collages to see more of their work. Many thanks to allison for the inspiration. Visit Twin Cities Collage Collective to see work by all their members.
Note: I only used the first half of chapter 10. Hope you found this experiment of interest.