Exhibition: SORT IT OUT

Factory 49



Ro Murray & Mandy Burgess extend the act of making into a challenge to document the content of their yellow bins.  They playfully approach sculpture using discarded rural metal fragments to make seven symbolic open vessels.  Their process-oriented constructions are drawings in space.

Factory 49
49 Shepherd Street

31st January, 2019 – 9th February, 2019
Opening evening: Wednesday, 30th January, 6-8pm

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Focusing on Lisa Haque

Lisa (Switalski) Haque is an artist living and working in Miami, Florida.  She was a Studio Collaborator and the Production Manager at Dieu Donné in Manhattan, where she worked with artists in residence to create new bodies of work in handmade paper.

Prior to that she was a papermaker and bookbinder at Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University, where she collaborated with renowned artists including Kiki Smith and Richard Tuttle to produce editioned artist books and works in handmade paper.

Left: Link, 2017, cast cotton paper. Right: Blue Net, 2016, paper with debossing and pastel

She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and has taught papermaking, printing, and book arts for Rutgers University, the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy, and institutions around the U.S.

Top: Nets, 2017, paper with jute nets. Bottom: How things break

Her work has been shown at the Hudson Guild Gallery and the International Print Center in New York; Fabriano, Italy, and the Moriki Paper and Ozu Waski/Oji Paper Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

Left: Hybrid (close-up). Right: The Romance of Food, printed polymer plates on handmade cotton paper with pulp paintings

Her artists books are housed at the University of Miami, Special Collections, and the Newark Public Library.

Resources and to see more of her work:

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Call for submissions: IN BETWEEN

The Hand Papermaking Paper Portfolios are exceptional, curated, themed collections of handmade papers that showcase the best, most innovative work being done in our time by leading paper artists.

IN BETWEEN is the title of the thirteenth edition of the limited-edition Paper Portfolios, and they are seeking visually compelling and thought-provoking submissions.  Open to broad interpretation, entries that consider the theme both formally and conceptually are encouraged.  For example, thinking formally might suggest double couching, embedding between layers, or working between mediums.  Thinking conceptually might suggest liminal spaces, not going to either extreme, the middle way, or might explore the undefined, the unfit.

Proposals should demonstrate how the artist plans to use handmade paper in a substantive way as one of the primary mediums.  They invite all manner of mark making, both on and in the sheet, but preference will be given to submissions that emphasize hand papermaking processes in the development of the image.  Each piece should be 10 x 8 inches or less, and no more than 1/8-inch thick.

The deadline for submissions is March 30, 2019.  Click here for full details and information on how to submit.

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Exhibition: Landscape Conversations

An exhibition of paintings


Basia Zielinska

Basia Zielinska is an abstract landscape artist, besotted by the Australian landscape, which she can observe on her urban walks and excursions to the bush.  Basia responds emotionally and visually to fragments of memories and fleeting images from her excursions.

inTransit Art Space
North Sydney Council Chambers
200 Miller Street
North Sydney NSW 2060

17 January – 11 February, 2019
9:30am – 5:00pm

For this exhibition Basia’s inspiration comes from her time spent in nature, from both urban and bush landscape.

Click here to learn more about Basia and her art practice.

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Marilyn Rathbone – Welcome

Marilyn Rathbone: Welcome (part of the Pavement Works Collection), 2000, 1,300 sheets of petal “pile”, grey board, Kraft paper, 93 x 42 x 8cm, paper making, box making

Welcome is made, purely, from petals collected from Worthing’s pavements, parks and gardens (UK).

The petals, gathered during the months of May, June, July & August 1999, were formed into small sheets of paper.  The sheets were rolled and folded to form pile.

The work consists of approximately 1,300 sheets of petal pile.

Click here to see more of her art works and to learn more about the artist herself.

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Colossal 2018 Top Post

The most viewed post of 2018 on the Colossal art website was an article about paper memo pads that excavate objects as they get used.

Produced by Japanese company Triad, the blocks are composed of over 100 sheets of paper with each leaf being different from the next as they stack to form rectangular blocks.

Click here to read more and see a block being used.

Each block is laser cut, I couldn’t imagine doing that by hand!

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Get your head into paper projects in 2019 !

There’s a whole lot of good stuff for lovers of paper, cards, journaling, book making and more at the upcoming Sydney Stitches & Craft Show.

Today we are highlighting companies and individuals that we think might be of particular interest to our members and others with a leaning towards paper arts.  Click on their names to get more information.

Michelle Lackenby has always been obsessed with pushing the boundaries of art and design within the realm of paper and bookbinding.

She is offering mini-workshops on her stand each afternoon.  So brush up your skills and try making paper flowers, create a leather-bound journal or turn your hand to Japanese book binding.

Natalie May is passionate about papercraft and has made it her full-time occupation.  She loves to teach and share her passion for creating scrapbooking layouts, cards, mixed media layouts, paper-based layouts, art journals and abstract canvas art.

Webmaster note: I did a mini workshop with Nat last year.  Her paper and colour-mixing techniques give spectacular results.  Visit her stand and be inspired by her personal art journals on show.

Cardmaking.net and Kaszazz both have stands and will be demonstrating a range of paper arts including stamping, die-cutting, applying colour to surfaces and  more.  Kaszazz are also offering a hands-on DIY project entitled “Cards of a different fold’. Book on their stand.

Have a wander through the show and you’re sure to come across other interesting exhibitors not featured here.

For more on the Sydney Stitches & Craft Show and others coming up around the country click here.

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