This Sunday (30th Nov) I will be having a stall at the A Sunday In November market in Angaston. It should be a great day of art and crafters, live music and yummy nibbles. I will be having several of my papercuts for sale as well as screenprints, lights, cards, ornaments and bunting! Making screenprinted bunting is something I have been keen on for a little while now so was very excited to have finally been able to do it.
For the pattern, I adapted one of my papercut designs and then took it to the folks at Tooth and Nail for a silk sceen service, including coating the screen with emulsion and exposing it. After my screen was ready to go the fun really kicked off with choosing all the awesome colours I wanted to use. It wasn’t long before my drying rack began to fill up….
The weather was fortuitously warm so my prints were drying at an incredible rate. I was itching to see how it would all turn out so set about cutting out my triangles.
Soon I had a stack of printed triangles and it was time to string a set of bunting together!!!
Each string of bunting has two flags of each colour, with a total of eight flags and is just under 2m. Hope to see you on Sunday!
On Tuesday I had the absolute pleasure of taking part in a free papercut workshop run at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. Taking place in their beautiful gallery space, the workshop ran for about an hour during which time we learnt how to create traditional Chinese papercuts using only paper and scissors. For myself this was completely novel as I have only ever used a scalpel to create my papercuts. This traditional method is quite challenging as you have to think about fold and cuts and how to manipulate the scissors just right to get the cuts you want. However, it is lots of fun and produces beautiful symmetrical designs, created from only a few cuts. We had a wonderful teacher in Hongxing Wu, or Harry as he introduced himself, who patiently took us through the process for each design and told us about their meanings in China. Papercutting is a very popular folk art in China and symbolises the idea of blessedness, luck and fortune. They are often used as window decorations for different festivals and religious occasions. During the workshop I made several small papercuts and delighted in seeing my creations come to life when I unfolded the paper.
My creations for the day
The gallery is also currently home to a papercut exhibiton ‘Cutting into Culture’ featuring traditional Chinese papercuts presented by the Australia-China Friendship Society of SA Branch. On until the 12th of October this exhibition is well worth a visit. The images are bold and beautiful with their delicate cuts and bright red paper. The designs themselves are stunning, exuding a real sense of Chinese culture and the folk history behind this art form. I love, love, loved this exhibition and think it is a wonderful example of papercutting. The cuts were skillfully made and the designs simply beautiful, in particular the zodiac inspired pieces. All in all a fun and inspiring workshop and a delightful exhibition, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery has certainly delivered and I will definitely be visiting again soon!
A papercut created by folding the paper into small triangles and cutting random shapes.
So my exhibition ‘Paper and Ink’ has come to a close. A massive thank you to everyone who came and had a squiz and of course to Urban Cow for being such a great host. The good news is that some of the work will be moving down stairs into the shop so you can still pop along to Urban Cow to see it.
I’m also excited to be a part of Urban Cow’s next exhibition, helping them to celebrate their 20th anniversary!! The exhibition features works from 40 artisits, including yours truly, and opens Wednesday 1st October 5:30- 8pm. The night is sure to be a smash with nibbles and wine and opening speaker Peters Goers. The exhibition is running until the 29th of November so if you can’t make it to opening night you have plenty of time to check it out over the next two months.
I have created a new papercut for the exhibition titled ‘Cygnus atratus’ and here is a sneak peek…..
Welcome to my website and my blog! As this is all new for me I will be continually updating the website over the next few weeks, fixing any bugs and adding more work. This website will be a place you can see all my latest work, keep up to date with news about my latest exhibitions and read about what I’m up to here on my blog. I currently have an exhibition on at Urban Cow Studio (Frome st, Adelaide, S.A), called ‘Paper and Ink’. It is my first solo show at Urban Cow and I’m super excited to have produced such a big variety of paper work and experimented with some new formats. The exhibition will be on unitl the 27th of September so come on down and check it out. You can find all the details here.
Radial symmetry #1, hand cut fabriano accademia 200gsm, screenprinted canson edition 250gsm, framed 23cm x 23cm.