Anne Bagby

I just received the Anne Bagby DVD entitled COLLAGE: Paper, Patterns & Glazing from Creative Catalyst Productions. Oh, honey, my head is spinning with possibilities. I can hardly walk or think straight. Perhaps after I’ve made a few pieces inspired by her process, I’ll be able to settle down a little. The thing is, I have waited for this DVD for months, and it did not disappoint. Creative Catalyst has done its usual superb job of filming and editing. I have tried DVDs from other companies and have yet to find any that match the quality, and have the extra features, of CCP products.

Watching Bagby make collage papers and complicated papers is fascinating. She stamps with her own carved stamps, she collages, she paints. If that doesn’t sound unusual, check out her results!! I, for one, cannot stop caressing them with my eyes. The figures have a dignity and a presence, and details here and there (a dog, a flower) suggest a narrative and relationships that your mind, if it works like mine, wants to explore further. Bagby puts patterns together in a way that is very unique, and which is so much a part of her signature style that she keeps insisting how easy it is. Uh-huh. It’s definitely doable, and highly enjoyable, but it would take more than a little bit of practice to display the results Bagby accomplishes.

Try it yourself. I, for one, would be delighted to see your attempts. I will show you mine as soon as I can make myself stop creating “complicated papers.”


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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7 Responses to Anne Bagby

  1. Mary Buek says:

    I have wanted to get this video; it looks interesting. I hope you will share what you learned with us on this blog.

  2. barb says:

    I also watched that video this week and am equally impressed by Bagby’s techniques and amazing results. I found it difficult to sleep that night as i could not stop conjuring up possibilities in my head as well as ideas that I could use to improve my existing pieces. I was also extremely encouraged by how Anne’s hands looked – i am not alone!

  3. tammy vitale says:

    Thanks for introducing me to anne – what a difference between her early and recent works – love the direction she’s moving in! It’s hard for me to think of these as collages!

  4. I love all sorts of paper. I used to want to make paper – and maybe someday will – and bought two paper-making books years ago. I will check out the Bagby DVD – sounds cool! I recently carved my very first stamp! I used this pink rubber stuff you can get from the art supply store. I can’t wait to make some more!

    I also wanted to tell you that I am looking for artists who would post about the inspiring things around their studios. Please see my entry here:

    I would love it if you would do a post about stuff that inspires you and post some studio photos to share and then link from the comment section of my website so I can then come back here and see your post about your studio. I love to learn about the things that inspire other artists that they keep around them every day.


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  7. Shondell potozkin says:

    Anne Bagby’s dvd’s are remarkable. I am so ready to start, BUT where can I get the specific papers , in the sizes she uses, Glenvalle and Lineco. I live in Walnut Creek, Ca. …outside of San Francisco. I can get Lineco in large sheets at Blicks, BUT…I see she has two boxes about 8×12?
    I prefer not cutting huge sheets. Thanks, Shonny

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