Series / FASTTRASH Collages
Iris van Gelder, AKA “Fasttrash”, is a Rotterdam-based artist that has gained hundreds of fans with her handmade collages. Iris blends fashion magazine cut-outs, vintage photography, advertising campaigns, jewels and exotic flora and fauna in the most intricate way. Forms and shapes are very important for Van Gelder, since they are the key elements of her distinctive vocabulary; a sort of puzzle pieces that the artist puts together in order to create her impressive compositions. Her elaborate collages open a gate to a fantasy world, paying homage to the awe-inspiring aesthetic of fashion and the way it transforms everything it touches. Van Gelder has always been a big fashion enthusiast, constantly in search of the most hard-to-find vintage pieces, and, although one of her most cherished hobbies is street style photography, what she really loves is being a collage artist. “I love making collages. It’s a creative process that allows me to rethink existing images and create my own world with them,” says the young artist that has graduated from The Hague Royal Academy of Art (KABK). Check out her amazing artworks and get ready to dive into her playful, pop-tastic universe!
Where are you based?
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in Rotterdam and this is where I still live and work. Since an early age, I've had a great growing interest in fashion and art. What I love about it, are the ideas, concepts and creativity. In my free time I enjoy going to the museum and I love being outside. Architecture and enjoying nature give me a lot of inspiration.
Did you study photography or a related course?
I think I learned from every study I've done. They all gave me something to think about and how to communicate with images. Personal taste is a big factor in the subjective work that I make.
Tell us about your work.
I make handmade fashion collages. In my work I use fashion, architecture, art and jewellery to create a surrealistic dream world. This is my passion, so I try to spend as much time on it as possible, but it isn't my full-time job. I work professionally as a museum teacher to make a living.
What do you love about photography?
The fact that you can see the world through someone else's eyes. I'm amazed by what people capture, the different point of views and that you can freeze a moment forever.
Which photographers inspire your practice?
Guy Bourdin, Juergen Teller, David Lachapelle, Miles Aldridge, Man Ray and Steven Meisel.
Tell us about the featured collage series, how do you create your masterpieces?
I start with a magazine and simply begin to work with images that grab my attention, primarily with their colour and shape. Then I go through my collection of images; diamonds, backgrounds, etc and make it a complete picture. Every collage I make has it own unique story and history.