Former headteacher.

I get old books, cut out the pictures, and make new pictures by carefully recombining the elements to surrealistic, or intriguing, or absurd, or poetic, or serious, or amusing effect.

Mainly I take a slightly unusual approach to collage in that I usually try to produce credible alternative illustrations rather than admixtures that announce themselves as COLLAGE.

My raw material is book illustrations that nobody else wants. In fact mostly I rescue it just before it gets pulped.

If you want to buy one of these collages please get in touch. I need money for buying old books for new material.
Go to rhmay.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/making-mischief/#more-243 if you'd like to read my thoughts about collaging.

And there's another blog there called "Books? That's what I think of books!" which recounts my adventures in sourcing material.

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    // P* says:

    "You are a genius.
    I love all of your pieces.
    The simplicity and sophistication of your work are incredible!
    And the fact that you are extremely productive impresses me.

    Warm greetings from Cairo :)"

    19th June, 2013

Bob May
June 2011
Southampton, UK
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