more the merrlier handmade collage art - behind the scenes studio photography

hi, i’m merril. welcome!

i'm a midwest-born and raised, world-inspired, and oakland-based collage artist. i’m also a new mom (it still sounds weird to say!), a water resource engineer (love that little miracle molecule of H20), and a fanatic of yoga, plants, and the great outdoors.

the beginnings.

more the merrlier © has been brewing since 1986. my mom says i was born with a broom in my hand but I think she meant broom AND gluestick. as a child no one had to tell me to craft 100’s of holiday paper decorations, i just knew i Had to. 

the present (it’s all we got)!

my senior year of college my hands found their way back to scissors and gluesticks and, much to my roommates dismay, i channeled my stress into completely covering our common room wall in scraps. a year later, while when i was living in honduras sans internet or other electronic distractions, scrappin’ truly became my favorite way to unwind the mind. zoning out to zone in.

in 2017 i turned my scrappy hobby into a business. 

the collage ingredients are simple. white stock paper, recycled magazines, scissors, gluesticks and good vibes.., and i don’t skip on the latter! sometimes a scrap inspires me, other times it’s a color palette, but more often than not it’s an idea popping into my head. no matter how the collages begin, i am always excited to dive in and watch as they unfold. 

on the flip side, i am human and i can sometimes fall into the trap of taking more the merrlier © too seriously. but merry and seri just doesn’t go together! i remind myself to let go, to play, and to experience the joy of the journey. after all, nothing can be too somber when your mission is to spread smiles!

more the merrlier handmade collage art - behind the scenes studio photography

the future…

what else? i hope to grow more the merrlier © into the little business that can! it’s a side hustle labor of love aimed at spreading smiles and encouraging you to experience the messy joy of creation.

merrily merrily merrily merrily, life is bout a dream ;)

more the merrlier handmade collage art - behind the scenes studio photography
more the merrlier handmade collage art - behind the scenes studio photography