Discovering Orizomegami

At our recent Children’s Festival open day our member, Dinah, introduced many children to the delight of Orizomegami.

With only some plain sheets of paper, a few folds, some clips and some colouring, you can start creating your own paper designs.  The concepts are very simple and safe and can produce stunning results.  Combine a few more folds and it’s possible to play with the whole colour spectrum.

Papers can be used to cover journals, books, make note paper and cut kirigami designs.  No two pieces will be the same.

If you’re looking for a place to start then you can’t go past this book by Kristin Lawson “Orizomegami, Fold and Dye Designs for Paper and Fabric“.

You don’t need to have studied colour theory or space and harmony in relation to design to produce amazing pieces.  It is all explained and illustrated in an easy-to-understand way, with page upon page of full-colour samples and you don’t need expensive equipment to start either.

This is the perfect entry point for paper or fabric design enthusiasts, producing complex looking pieces with minimal time and expense, but maximum impact.

Whilst this is not a new publication, the designs are timeless and open the door to further personal exploration.

This book is widely available on-line and we found it at –

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Focusing on: Cecelia Clarke

We are delighted to share some recent work by our new member, Cecelia.  Whilst Cecelia hasn’t been a member of Primrose Paper Arts for long she has already attended many of our events and we look forward to seeing where she goes with her paper-arts experimentation.

Please click here to visit her gallery page where she showcases some innovative mixed media collage, along with pen and ink work.

Image right: Cecelia taking part in our recent Tips & Tricks day entitled Mark-making on Paper.

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Review: Mark making on paper

By Claire Brach

Our recent Tips & Tricks day was popular, with all the tables in use and everyone keen to experiment with paints, liquid graphite and spray water – and whatever else they had to create patterns on paper.  We had a range of stencils, credit cards (no, not for shopping, to make marks, lines and shapes with!), stamps, net bags and the like to press into paints.  Diana also introduced us to the ever popular watery-paint technique where we angled paper to form runs and streaks.  A fun and messy day.

Led by Diana Brandt, we started by applying paints and forming water droplet marks through several layered colours.

Once she had shown us how it was done we dived in and had a go ourselves and got some pretty good effects.

We moved on to much more watery effects, with Diana using liquid graphite as well as a very, very wet surface with minimum paint.

We took to that like, well … ducks to water!

The gelli plate proved popular, as always, and gave an opportunity to use stamps and stencils.  I enjoyed this part, having forgotten how much fun playing with a gelli plate is.

A fun day, with plenty of variation in the pieces.  Everyone seemed to find a particular thing they enjoyed most and we all produced many interesting effects.

Click here to visit Diana’s gallery page to see some of her artworks and learn more about her.

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Book Review: The Primrose Paper Arts Story

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.

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Art with nature: Lesley Kendall

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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.

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:

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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