Reviewed by Rhonda Nelson
Lydia Fegan, The Primrose Paper Arts Story – the first twenty years
Lydia Fegan, a long-term member and Committee member of Primrose Paper Arts, has written and published an account of the origin and early years of Primrose Paper Arts.
The book gives an account of the founding of Primrose Paperworks, which later became Primrose Paper Arts Inc.
With admiration, but not sentimentality, Fegan tells of the story of the drive, dedication and skill of an initial group of six women (Geraldine Berkemeier, Juliet Rubenshohn, Sherry Cook, Ruth Faerber, Sunny Wright and Marie Waterhouse) who in 1987 wanted to form an open access papermaking centre based in Sydney.
They seized the chance to participate in the local North Sydney Council Arts Advisory Committee just when the Council was considering turning an old sewerage works building at the end of Primrose Park into an Art and Craft Centre. In 1991 this became, and 28 years later continues to be, the home of Primrose Paper Arts, and other art groups.
Fegan documents the workshops, exhibitions held and the rise and decline of the commercial activities of the group. She acknowledges the people, mainly women, who became the second and third wave of key players who continued to build the reputation and outreach of Primrose Paper Arts Inc.
The second part of the book is a more general essay on the origins of paper making and why people continue to be interested in paper making.
To find out more about the book and to order a copy please Click here to contact Lydia directly.