Printing on handmade paper

Our member Claire has been printing on some of her handmade paper.  She says:

“Although I enjoy creating paper from a variety of materials including plant fibres, old mountboard, teabags and so on, my favourite is always from offcuts of failed prints.  As an avid printmaker I’m constantly paying out for expensive commercially made paper.  When my prints don’t come out well I hate to waste the paper, so I cut away the white or cream surround and recycle it into new sheets ready to re-use.  I also save the printed sections and recycle those separately, making a variety of coloured papers.”

Here are a few of her latest linocut prints on recycled ‘print surround’ paper.  She has mixed numerous pulps together including BFK Reeves, Stonehenge, Hahnemuhle, Chinese cotton and various lightweight Japanese papers.  Depending on the mix before pulling the sheets the papers are a range of pure white through to creamy ivory.

Click here to view her full series of prints and drawings.

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Exhibition: Music Box

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

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Exhibition: Bloodlines & Coastlines

Bloodlines and Coastlines – Gai-mariagal Festival Exhibition

inTransit Art Space
200 Miller Street
North Sydney

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, until 9 August

This exhibition showcases ceramics and works on paper by Yaegl artist Jessica Birk and Bradfield Senior College students in celebration of ancestry, place and legacy.

Through art-making and song artist Jessica Birk and musician Michael Birk shared cultural knowledge with students, guiding them in their creation of artworks inspired by the personal story of Barangaroo and their own creativity. The student’s works will be exhibited alongside Jessica Birk’s artwork Bloodlines and Coastlines which North Sydney Council has recently acquired for its collection.

This project has been made possible through a partnership between artist Jessica Birk, Bradfield Senior College, the 2018 Gai-mariagal Festival and North Sydney Council.


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Maya Freelon: Bringing tissue paper to life

For more than a decade, artist Maya Freelon has created striking abstract sculptures and installations from tissue paper and water stains. Her technique — letting water gently drip so the paper’s colour bleeds organically — arose from happenstance, when, as an MFA student, she discovered a stack of old tissue paper in her grandmother’s basement.

Reciprocity Respite & Repass – Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building (Courtesy Halcyon)

Maya Freelon is an award-winning visual artist whose work was described by the late poet Maya Angelou as “visualizing the truth about the vulnerability and power of the human being.”

Her unique tissue paper art, praised by the International Review of African American Art as “a vibrant, beating assemblage of colour,” has been exhibited internationally, including shows in Paris, Jamaica, Madagascar, and Italy.

Cosmopolitan Magazine featured her in June 2015 in “Art Stars,” calling her one “of the most badass female artists in the biz.”

Click here to read her interview with

Maya + Cadillac

I Want to Make Joy: Maya Freelon
To be an artist in today’s volatile art industry is to embody daring. It is to put one’s personal truth and vision out in the world, to face the whims of changing trends, fickle buyers and misguided interpretations by critics. Yet, to be a successful artist also amplifies the audacity – to go from obscure creativity to the biggest galleries and museums takes a unique level of conviction. Cadillac highlights artists of colour who have ventured to the farthest extent of their creativity and now fully embody the ethos: Dare Greatly.

Deftly combining colours, textures and themes to create something more powerful than the sum of it’s parts—this is artist Maya Freelon’s mission.


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Exhibition: Informal Geographies

The Incinerator Art Space

Informal Geographies

An exhibition of drawing, handmade paper, installation and mixed media by Anne Numont.

Anne Numont explores place, perception and memory to reveal connections with local landscapes and communities, personal history and contemporary existence.  This body of work reflects the importance of a dedicated space to nurture curiosity, creative practice and output.

An experimental approach drives Numont’s practice, taking form in stylised renderings, abstract maps and both organic and measured mark-making.  Such responses convey patterns evocative of place, the shifting nature of memory and the process of an ongoing dialogue with our surrounds.

Venue:  Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby
Dates & time: 1 1 July 2018 – 22 July 2018, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Opening event:  Saturday 14 July, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Webmaster note: We are delighted to promote this solo exhibition by our member Anne Numont.

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Exhibition – re:PLAY

HUGE apologies to those of you who rely on us informing you of all the paper-related exhibitions around.  We’ve missed this one but did receive some photos of a few of the exhibits we thought you may like to see.

Click here to find out more about Sydney Book Art Group and here to visit their facebook page.

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Next Tips & Tricks session

July 26: With only an A4 sheet of paper


Due to refurbishment at Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre this session will be held at:

Geddes Room, North Sydney Council, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney
Click here for times, cost and booking info

Just what can you do with an A4 sheet of paper: be it handmade (and what a range of options that opens up), commercial, patterned, painted, dyed, printed, flat, corrugated, crumpled, smooth, textured, with or without inclusions and surface additions,
heavyweight, lightweight or even holey and ethereal?

And those are just the start points.

Susan Hoy – Paper experimentation

This day will be dedicated to experimentation and relies on participants sharing ideas of what can be done and the easiest way of doing them.  So get your brains churning and think of all the ways you have used paper and bring your ideas and samples along.

Perhaps you lean towards book-making and have some great construction methods, or are you a paper manipulator – origami, paper casting, embossing maybe?

How about journaling, creating colourfully designed pages with paints, stamps and pigments?

(Webmaster Note: Many thanks to Nat May for allowing me to photograph some of her wonderful journal pages)

Do you know how to make paper yarn and knit with paper?

That’s a skill worth sharing and there are fabulous examples of this by Ivano Vitali, who knits, crochets and weaves twisted newspaper yarn into artworks.

Ivano Vitali – Knitting newspaper yarn

What about box making?
Do you think you have the best method?  Are you ready to share your technique and show others how to construct their own box?

There are so many types; some are purely folded, some glued, others may be stitched or bound together.  Bring you favourite handmade box along and show everyone how it is done.

Whatever your expertise (and even if you don’t think you have any!) bring yourself, some sheets of paper, glue, scissors, perhaps some colouring materials (crayons, pencils, etc.), sellotape, ruler, cutting mat and blade and whatever else you think you might need for the day.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that we are in a temporary venue and do not have access to all our normal equipment.  You should bring plastic or paper to cover work surface and be aware that we may have limited access to a water source for craft purposes.

Click here to email us if you have any questions about either the venue or the event.  If you are not a member of Primrose Paper Arts but would like to attend please contact us with your details first, as we need to manage numbers.


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