North Sydney Children’s Creative Festival 2019

In conjunction with the above festival Primrose Paper Arts offered a day of paper exploration; making, manipulation & mobiles, folding, colouring and mask-making.

The turn-out was amazing with children and adults alike having a great time.  In fact, it was hard to get the kids near the aeroplane construction area as their Dads were intent on making the most aerodynamic models possible.  A bit of a competition happening there I think.

The centre was set with many work-stations for the children to visit and try something new, and most of them went and explored every one, leaving with a hand-full of their own paper creations.

Here’s a taster of how the day went and what the children made.

PAPER-MAKING
Of course, who could come to the centre and not make their own paper to take home?  Thanks to our member, Jill, we had several colours of pulp to choose from and many embellishments for the children to incorporate into their own designs.  Here’s the step-by-step process:

And a few finished pieces:

BOOKLET MAKING
Using postcards as book covers Brenda guided the children through how to create their own book with stitched binding.

WHIRLYGIGS
Helen prepared the basic components and it was left to the children (and sometimes also their parents) to decorate, construct and get them twirling!

DINOSAURS AND PAPER PLANES
Lydia prepared dinosaur templates to be coloured and assembled and Rhonda led the charge on the paper plane making.  As I said, this part really drew the Dads.

WINKING EYES
Mandy demonstrated some origami which turned into an opening and closing eye.  The children looked at photos of animal eyes, then drew them and folded their paper to create  amazing effects.

BOOKMARKS
Michelle had some clever animal bookmarks on show and her table was soon full of children and parents.  It seems that ‘real’ books are still popular (take that, you kindle readers!) and everyone needs a bookmark.

ANIMAL MASK MAKING
Lou was under the gun with a variety of animal masks for the children to colour, construct and wear.  Everyone seemed to be involved; Lou, the children AND their parents.  There wasn’t a child who didn’t want to go home without their very own handmade mask.

ORIZOMEGAMI
Dinah guided the children through the process of folding paper, dipping a folded sheet into paints and making some wonderful patterns.  So everyone rolled up sleeves and cloths were on hand when needed.  The children were so careful, they listened and understood the instructions and made some fantastic designs.  With the weather hot and the sun shining these artworks were soon dry and ready to take home.

Well, what have I missed out?  There’s sure to be something but this gives you an idea of the activities we, as a group, offer children on days dedicated to their enjoyment and creative fun.

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londonprintstudio

Information and images supplied by PPA member Robert Ives

Robert has just spent some time in London doing 4 days printing at the londonprintstudio and, in his free time, visiting galleries and art institutions.  For those who don’t know anything about londonprintstudio here is a short exerpt from their website:

londonprintstudio is an artist-run, not-for-profit artists studio, workspace, publisher and gallery based in West London.  With traditional printmaking equipment as well as a digital studio, there is a gallery for hire, a wide range of courses, access to specialist technicians and large format printing.  londonprintstudio works with artists, community organisations, galleries, educational institutions and the public.
Creative collaboration is at the heart of the studio’s practice.

Quite honestly, it looks like an amazing place.

Robert sent the following images of pieces from exhibitions he saw during his visit.  He writes:

At the Barbican “Into the night” explores the social and artistic role of cabarets, cafes, and clubs in modern art across the world – New York to Tehran 1880 to 1960.  Wonderful opportunity to see graphic works by a lot of famous artists of that time.

Aaron Douglas Dance 1930 gouache  Cabarets and Clubs.

The Royal Academy has a large survey show of Antony Gormley, his sculpture and lots of drawings that illustrate his working method.  Here is one of his Australian outback drawings when he was working there in 1998.

Antony Gormley from an outback Australian drawing, reflection as it was under glass.

This Korean artist shows how he has used paper to express calligraphy.

Kwon Young-woo was a pioneering and influential Tansaekhwa artist.  “Tansaekhwa” literally means “monochrome painting” and refers to a group of post-Korean War South Korean artists who largely created abstract paintings in neutral tones.  In working solely with paper and manipulating its material qualities, Kwon challenged the notion that paper was a support for painting.  In this painting, Kwon moulded the paper to “write” the Korean alphabet within a grid.  He starts with the consonants in the upper right corner following the traditional reading direction of top to bottom, right to left.

Portrait Gallery Gauguin exhibition showing his portraits, self, and many other people during his career in many places; Paris, Copenhagen, Brittany, Arles, and Polynesia.  He adopted different personas and thought of himself as ‘a savage’.  He was of Peruvian descent.

Paul  Gauguin, Self Portrait with Manao tupapau.

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Exhibition: Home Affairs

Image detail: Joanna Gambotto, Refuge Cove, oil on canvas, 90 x 150cm

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
1 West Esplanade & Commonwealth Parade
Manly NSW 2095

Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm (Closed Mon)
Until 1st December, 2019

This exhibition features new works by 38 artists, predominantly from Sydney’s Northern Beaches and members of the Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society.  The artists have taken inspiration from a single theme, ‘home affairs’.

… home, homeland, homeless, home affairs, homing, home-grown, home owner, home-made, homewards …

Artists explore the concept of home as a place, an idea, a possibility, a refuge, a presence, a contested space, somewhere to escape to or from, a memory.  The exhibition showcases works from the wide range of artistic practice, including installation, photomedia, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, wood and ceramics.

The exhibition supports and connects this region’s contemporary artists with MAG&M, providing a valuable opportunity to show their work, to challenge their art practice, and to connect with other artists.

Webmaster Note: Many thanks to our member Anne Numont for bringing this exhibition to our attention.  Anne is also one of the 38 artists exhibiting.

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Exhibition: Warringah Printmakers Studio Inc.

Webmaster Note: We are delighted that several of our members will be exhibiting in this event.

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Exhibition: Flux

Opening hours: Wed – Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm

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More bead making from paper

Back in August we posted a paper bead making tutorial produced by JenniBellie (which I personally loved).

Our group president, Dinah, sent me a link to a Pinterest account which is showcasing 1,733 paper bead jewellery designs.  Yes, you read it right; the account holder, Sandy, has posted 1,733 images of paper beads and jewellery.

So if you’re looking for some ideas of how to creatively use your paper scraps click on the link above to take you to our August post or click here to see more of Sandy’s paper jewellery designs.

Resources:
http://www.pinterest.com.au/sassysandy40/paper-beads/
http://www.pinterest.com.au/sassysandy40/

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Focusing on Ann Martin

Ann Martin of All Things Paper is a quilling enthusiast who loves introducing the craft to others.  She teaches, designs projects for books and magazines, and is especially hooked on making paper filigree jewellery.

Her own book (shown below), published in September 2017, shows how to turn metallic-edged papers into stunning and sturdy earrings and pendants through step-by-step illustrations with detailed tutorials on rolling coils, scrolls, and other unique quilled shapes.

Her website is a treasure trove of DIY give-aways, tutorials and super-interesting blog posts highlighting a wide range of paper arts.  I particularly like her ‘PAPER ART’ tab where she showcases the works of other artists across a wide spectrum of paper-related skills; folded book sculptures, rolled paper jewellery, intricate paper cutting, paper orbs, collages and much more.

Head over to All Things Paper and enjoy wandering through the different sections.

Resources:
http://www.allthingspaper.net/
http://www.makezine.com/2011/10/26/project_rolled_paper_pendant/

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