Yeah, serendipity is my friend

Meet R. M. Hagihara, a collage artist who works under the nom de plume ‘madhaiku’. Hagihara is a former journalist and native Californian and we’re so excited to share their work with you!

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I originally began by composing haiku on my refrigerator door using magnetic words (thus the name madhaiku).

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Eventually, I started cutting out words from newspapers and magazines and fashioning what I called ransom-note haiku.

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When I began looking for a new art form to try I thought, “Hey, I already have the scissors and glue stick, why not do collages?”

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Since I’m not very good at painting or drawing, it proved to be an ideal medium for me.

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I work primarily from fashion magazines — I can get old magazines really cheap at my local library.

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On occasion, I’ll start out with an idea, but most of the time I just begin cutting and see what happens.

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Yeah, serendipity is my friend.

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All my collages are hand cut.

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They may not be perfect, but I’ve learned to embrace that handmade look (not an easy thing for a pathological perfectionist).

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I’ve been experimenting lately with art journals. I like the challenge of working in a much more confined space.

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I draw inspiration from the usual suspects — art, literature, music — especially music. I’m not a trained artist, I just try to create what’s inside my head.

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Find your serendipity at www.madhaiku.tumblr.com

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