Based in Portland, Oregon, Tsilli Pines creates her ethereal collages from found everyday bits and pieces: ‘I like the idea of creating something from nothing, so I mostly make use of odds and ends – the detritus of everyday life.’ She uses ordinary objects such as erasers as rubber stamps, waste from a hole punch as confetti and waste test sheets to create delicate compositions that often feature stitching and bits of thread. She embraces the experimentation that collage requires and acknowledges the idea of relinquishing control: ‘It’s an amazing sort of back and forth, where you don’t always feel you are the author. It just ...

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