WELCOME to an imaginary world of quirky paper collages depicting a story.
Wallasey born artist, Elaine Hughes has created an imaginary world called ‘Oh Golly Gosh’.
She uses pieces of vintage paper and stitches them together to create a collage.
The images depict scenes where the windows of houses are higgledy-piggledy and teacups are skew-whiff.
Her solo exhibition is called ‘Back to Collage’ and is displayed at Staacks gallery in West Kirby until the end of this month.
She has 20 pictures on display and the images cost from £65 up to £875.
The full time artist now lives in the Lake District with an art studio at Farfield Mill in Sedbergh.
Elaine, 38, told the News: “I launched Oh Golly Gosh in 2009 and that’s when I went full time. It is an imaginary world and has pieces of things I have seen from memory, such as steps from Whitby.
“I create images using vintage papers from for example 1950’s knitting patterns.
“I use different types of paper to create a piece of work and use different techniques, using various colours and textures, then stitch them together to embellish it.
“It is hard to put a time scale on a piece because I work on six pieces at a time.
“I dye my own paper in different colours, so I spend a day creating a new batch of paper.
“I concentrate on harbours, gardens and tea time, these interest me and I love the coast.
“My work is from memories and places I have seen which inspire me.
“I did a degree in embroidery so that is why there is stitching in my work.
“I am really pleased to be exhibiting at Staacks, I have never seen such a huge collection of my work on display in an exhibition before.
“Visitors can see me work at Farfield Mill, it is an old textile mill which now houses a gallery, museum and artist studios. It is open to the public.”