Glen Arbor Sun newspaper repurposed as art collage

From our staff reports

Newspaper collage artist Catherine Elizabeth picks up the Glen Arbor Sun for our stories and advertisements, but also for her art.

“I have been using the same stack of newspapers for my work the past couple of years, and I have managed to make quite a few art pieces from them,” Catherine wrote on Instagram yesterday.

“The Northern Michigan collection contains newspaper from the quaint town of Glen Arbor. Using local newspapers related to the image I am working on makes the process more meaningful to me and creates fun details to tell the buyer.”

“Fun Fact: The business advertisement section of the Glen Arbor Sun always has great colors to incorporate into my work. The tree in the [above] image has the bright green logo [from Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate] as the tree leaves. A favorite local chocolatier in Empire, MI. #newspapercollageart

Catherine, a newspaper collage artist who lives in Chicago, writes on her website that in the summer of 2011 she started making collages using upcycled newspaper.

“Inspired by my childhood summers spent in Northern Michigan, my first pieces are of my favorite Leelanau County views and experiences,” she wrote. “In March 2020, after losing my job due to the pandemic, I returned to making collages using only recycled, colored newspaper to capture places unique to me and images I dream up.”

Check out her Northern Michigan collection here.

Catherine’s work includes images from the Great Lakes State, landscapes, florals, and Chicago residential architecture. Each piece is made at the kitchen table in her 350 square-foot-studio apartment in her Ravenswood neighborhood on the city’s north side. She’s joined by her co-worker Charlie, a curly-haired mini Goldendoodle. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys walks around her neighborhood, listening to her favorite band, Johnnyswim, and spending many summer nights at Cubs games.