Exhibition: Landscape Conversations

Click here for more information about “Youth off the streets”.
Click here to visit Basia’s website where many of her works are showcased.
Click here to visit Basia’s member gallery page.


Webmaster note: We are delighted that our member, Basia Zielinska, has put together this amazing art collection  for the public to enjoy.  In addition, she is offering her ‘100 days 100 painting’ series for sale.  If you can’t afford one of her larger pieces (stunning works, in my view) then take this opportunity to purchase a smaller artwork and help “Youth off the streets” in the process.

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Northern Beaches Art Prize 2017

Creative Space
105 Abbott Road
North Curl Curl,  NSW 2099

The Northern Beaches Art Prize (formerly Warringah Art Prize) began in 1955 and is the Northern Beaches’ most prestigious art competition, with $27,000 to be awarded (non-acquisitive).

Anne Numont, Good Evening No.2 (cropped), 2016. Pastel on Arches paper, 42 x 29.7 cm.

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 10 August 6 – 8pm

EXHIBITION DATES: 11 – 20 August

OPENING HOURS: Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm & Sat – Sun 10am – 4pm

Webmaster note: We are delighted to feature ‘Good Evening No.2’ by our member, Anne Numont, who has been picked as a finalist in the General category of this year’s Northern Beaches Art Prize (formally Warringah Art Prize).

Click here to visit Anne’s member gallery page.

Image: courtesy the artist.

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Awagami Orizome-shi paper-dyeing demo

Those very creative people from the Awagami factory have posted this interesting video earlier this year.  Unfortunately there’s no narration but you should still be able to pick up some tips.

Webmaster note: I just can’t work out what the demonstrator is doing with the hotplate but she’s clearly heating the colours.  Most videos I’ve watched have the colours running together without the precise patterning they are getting here, so something is stopping the free-flow of the colours.  Are they using coloured encaustic waxes, perhaps?

The youtube write-up states:

Recently at Frankfurts “Creativeworld” fair, we demonstrated how to make hand-dyed “Orizome” patterned washi paper.  The sheets were made using our new Orizome-shi paper-dyeing kit. Available online (in Japan) here.

As the kit, and all related products, are described in Japanese I can’t tell exactly how it works.  So anyone out there with more info please feel free to leave a comment if you can enlighten us.

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Exhibition Update: The Luminous Within

Please note: Due to postal delays in receiving the artworks for this event, the exhibition dates have changed and are updated below.

IAPMA, the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists is the world leading organisation for paper artists and they are proud to present their exhibition:

The Luminous Within
Platform 72 Gallery, 62 Atchison Street, St Leonards
August 8 – 19
10am – 4pm

Click here for more details about this exhibition.
Learn more about IAPMA here.

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Exhibition: Reuse

Primrose Paper Arts are pleased to invite you to visit our current exhibition:

3rd August – 4th September, 2017

inTransit Art Space
North Sydney Council Chambers
1st Floor, 200 Miller Street
North Sydney

Viewing times: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

North Sydney Council’s inTransit Art Space is an exhibition program presented by the Council’s Arts and Culture team.

An area has been set aside within the Council Chambers for local artists and community groups to display their works.

Primrose Paper Arts has been given the opportunity to present a selection of their art pieces during August, and the work of 13 of our members is included in our exhibition entitled “Reuse”. 

The basis of the artists’ works is the use of handmade paper made from recycled paper, plant fibres, worn clothing, old prints and a combination of them.  A wide variety of techniques including poured pulp, embossing, printing, encaustic, rusting, indigo dyeing, sfumato, orizomegami and collage are displayed.

On show until 4th September, don’t miss this opportunity to view these unique hand-crafted art works.

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Recycled prints

By Claire Brach

I’ve recently been playing with some of my old print proofs and have pulped them into new paper to experiment with.

My first attempt – which you can follow in full here – resulted in these A4 sheets:

I continued working on the idea and came up with some different results, as I embedded some torn prints – again, you can see my full post and progress here.

My next step is to add some drawing to the design.

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Book making workshop with Peter Stanford

By  PPA member, Peter Stanford

The Embroiders Guild, Blue Mountains branch invited me to teach a workshop for 2 days to make a Coptic stitched book and a box to put that book in.

I had 9 students and all of them completed 3 books and one box.

On the Saturday we started by making a book from scratch, cutting pages and making a cover and stitching the book with Coptic stitch.  We then cut out boxboard to make the box.

On Sunday we covered the box and then the students decided that they would make more books of different sizes. One student decided to stitch her book with a Celtic weave which turned out very well.  Another student had embroidered a cover and we were able to fit a number of signatures into her cover, which was to be a present going to her family in New Zealand.

The workshop ran from 10.00am to 4.30pm each day. There was a short break for lunch each day and I say short because they were so keen to get work completed, which they did and nobody went home with an unfinished object.

All in all very successful weekend.

Webmaster Note: For those who aren’t familiar with Peter, he sells the most amazing speciality papers.  Some of his papers are shown here as the covers for the books that were made over the weekend.  Oh, and here are a few from my collection because I just can’t resist them:

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