I've decided to take this project in an abstract direction and see what I can create if I stick to a combination of organic and geometric shapes and explore cutting, separation and overlapping to create a range of compositions from the same elements.
It was fun and refreshing to start playing around with arranging paper cut-outs and then develop the compositions further in Illustrator.
My final compositions also feature a few additional elements, such as circles and lines, but the main elements are arranged based on the reference photographs I took whilst playing around with the cut-outs:
These are the 3 final collages and GIFs showcasing stages of layering additional elements.
Thanks a lot, Nina, for this fun class and for reminding me that sometimes it's great to step away from my computer;)