PPA Members: Important Notice

All members of Primrose Paper Arts Inc will have received an email notification from our president, Dinah, this evening.  The notice below is another confirmation of that communication.


The State Government has declared that all non-essential activities must be shut down.  In line with this, Primrose Park Art and Craft Centre will be closed for ALL activities from midday on Monday 23 March until further notice.

We want you to be aware of this immediately, and we’ll be in touch with you very soon to give you more details.

If you have any concerns please get in touch with me directly.
Stay safe.

If you need any further information at this time please either contact Dinah directly on the email address she supplied, or though the Contact Us form on this website.

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Focusing on: Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota was born in Osaka, Japan, and now lives and works in Berlin.

Chiharu Shiota, The Crossing, 2018, books & white wool

Confronting fundamental human concerns such as life, death and relationships, Shiota explores human existence throughout various dimensions by creating an existence in the absence either in her large-scale thread installations that include a variety of common objects and external memorabilia or through her drawings, sculptures, photography and videos.

In 2008, she received the Art Encouragement Prize from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Her solo exhibitions across the world include Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2019); Gropius Bau, Berlin (2019); Art Gallery of South Australia (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2018); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2017); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2015); Smithsonian Institution Arthur M.Sackler Gallery, Washington DC (2014); the Museum of Art, Kochi (2013); and the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008) among others.

She has also participated in numerous international exhibitions such as Oku-Noto International Art Festival (2017), Sydney Biennale (2016), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2009) and Yokohama Triennale (2001).  In 2015, Shiota was selected to represent Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Chiharu Shiota, Beyond Memory, 2019, paper & wool

Not all her large-scale installations include paper components, however she makes use of a variety of everyday items usually either encased or suspended using wool, ropes or yarn.

Her website provides a fascinating insight into the variety of themes she embraces and her personal interpretations.  Her latest solo exhibition, The Soul Trembles, will be shown at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art from June 27 – October 5, 2020.

http://www.chiharu-shiota.com/top & various gallery pages on her website
Photos by: (Beyond Memory) Ding Musa, (The Crossing) Zan Wimberley

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Exhibition: Tipping Point


Installation by

Ro Murray & Mandy Burgess

Until 28 March, 2020

Webmaster Note: We are delighted to see the latest work by our member, Mandy Burgess, in collaboration with Ro Murray.

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MCA Zine Fair

MCA Zine Fair 2020
– Presented with Sydney Writers’ Festival

WHEN:  3 May, 2020
TIME:  10:30am-4:30pm
WHERE:  Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney
COST:  Free, no booking required

The MCA Zine Fair is an inclusive event and celebrates the diversity of the zine community.  Their zine selection committee aim to showcase a range of emerging and established zine makers as well as represent a variety of zine styles and perspectives through this event.

About the MCA Zine Fair
MCA Zine Fair is an annual festival featuring a stellar line-up of zinesters, distros, independent presses, and artists.  Showcasing zines, small press, prints and comics from across the country, the fair celebrates the alternative, experimental and emerging.

Zines – short for fanzines or magazines – are independent or self-published publications informed by the DIY ethos, usually hand-made and of a limited run.  They come in a variety of formats and often include both original and appropriated text and images.

Topics covered are broad, including poetry, art, personal journals, politics and fanfiction.

The full program of events and stallholders will be available in late April 2020.
Click here to learn more.

Open conversation and artmaking session:
In conjunction with and prior to the fair, the MCA is running a Long Table discussion and artmaking session on 1 April between 6-8pm.  More information and booking HERE.

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Dribbling, Squidging and Blebs

Review by PPA member Claire B

Our recent Tips & Tricks day at our Primrose in the South venue just over a week ago was entitled Colour & Pattern on Paper, but I feel the title of this blog post is a much more apt description of the day!

We had a healthy turn out of members all eager to puddle around with water colours on paper.

As I provided much of the equipment – paper, paints, sprays and mini print press – it was up to me to get the day started with a few demos of different things to try out.  I’ve been messing around with water colours a bit recently (you can see my efforts here) and have had fun seeing what works and what doesn’t.  The very name of the paint in question, water colours, indicates the watery flow of this medium and the lack of precision when applying the colours to damp paper or acetate sheets.

We dribbled paint onto plastic and allowed it to dry before running the plastic and damp paper through the press.

Above left: acetate with dribbled paint, drying.  Right: printed on to damp paper.

Above: prints of dribbled and sprayed paint (onto acetate and allowed to dry) on smooth and textural paper.

We had a go at squidging.  For those not familiar with this very technical term it involves using a dropper (or several with different colours) to deposit water colours onto damp paper.  The paper is then tilted so the paint will run.  A dry piece of paper is applied on top and squashed down thereby squidging and mixing the paints.

Water colour pencils and crayons were used to add surface drawing.

I’m told that the word ‘bleb’ isn’t commonly used in Australia.  My view is that many Aussies are seriously missing out as this word describes perfectly a random, unintentional mark.

So exactly what is a bleb?  Have you ever tried getting baked beans on toast between plate and mouth and realised that a blob of tomato sauce couldn’t defy gravity and landed on your shirt?  Or perhaps a drop of mustard dribbled from your hotdog before getting to its destination?  The resulting mark, always on your clothing, is called a bleb.

A quick aside: I once sat through a 2 hour workshop fascinated by the tutor’s sweatshirt.  She had obviously had fried egg for breakfast but it hadn’t all made it to her mouth.  Yolk had dropped onto her top, travelled about 2cm and ended in a rounded (then dried) puddle.  An epic bleb!!

So, usually blebs are unintentional splodges but we concentrated on manufacturing our own random ones on paper.

Above left: some excellent dribbling with overlaid red blebs.  Right: some seriously blebbed gamboge (deep saffron colour) with line work and water colour pencil patterns.

Let’s face it, we were there to have fun, to experiment and apply colour to paper in whatever way we could think of; by brush, spray, dribbling, with fingers, through stencils, by pencil and crayon, swirling and squashing colour together and whatever else we could dream up.  Did we achieve this?  That would be a YES.  Did we enjoy ourselves?  That would also be a YES.  Did we create great art?  Art is so subjective, don’t you think?

Here are a few more pics of the day:

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Exhibition: Light & Shade

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Exploring paper weaving – Part 2

In January I wrote about Dinah’s paper weaving experimentation (Click here to read that article and see her previous work) and  hoped we would get an update on her latest pieces.  She brought some of them to our recent meeting.

Last time I reported on much of her linear work, as in horizontal and vertical strips in rectangles, using a variety of papers to create different effects.  These latest pieces show a departure from that and a move towards combining papers to form specific-shape weaving.

Here she shows that choosing a patterned paper with it’s main design colour-coordinated with the key paper is an excellent choice.  Using a reduced colour palette, and one that repeats in each element, ensures the piece will look unified.

In addition she has cut 9 full rectangles (plus a couple of tiny bits)  within the main circle, leaving a few of them whole.  The human eye naturally gravitates towards odd numbers instead of even, so this is another good choice.  The misshapen aspect of the rectangles avoids them clashing harshly with the very precise cut circle, which has been placed to one end of the main paper.  Turn it 90° anti-clockwise and imagine what a lovely book cover that would make.

Here Dinah has explored a shape within a shape, both woven.  The precision of the cutting is the first thing that attracts the eye and the fact that she has only used plain papers ensures the design is first and foremost and not lost amongst a busy colour scheme or pattern – essentially, this has produced a strong visual where the elements are clearly interpreted.

In this piece, whilst still being recognisable, the circle has become more organic and two patterned papers have been combined.  Both reflect the other in their colourway, ensuring they work well together.  Neither have a dominant pattern and with the busier of the two also being the lightest in colour they don’t fight for attention.

I love the triangle.  Simplicity in imagery itself.  Sometimes less really is more.

A number of papers with repeating small geometric patterns have been combined to bring together a colourful piece with multiple cut components.  I love the centre paper, it reminds me of a lolly wrapper.

A fun weaving, using the drama of black and white to showcase this conical 3D piece.  Lots of scope to develop this further and Dinah suggested it could be used as a pouch to insert a gift in.  A small handmade book would fit nicely in there.

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