Paper casting workshop with Barbara Landes

Follow some simple steps for casting handmade paper in this overview of a 2013 workshop held by Barbara Landes.  This video really demonstrates to the novice how to create a variety of castings using various objects and methods.  An excellent insight into working in more than one dimension with both torn paper and full sheets.  Note: It does not cover the initial paper making.

Webmaster note: I particularly like the cast mannequin arm and hand!

Barbara Landes website showcases a range of her work, with her current focus being described as gestural sculptures of handmade paper made to look like textiles that twist, wrap, bind, drape and enclose.  She writes:

Their folds appear momentary and yielding, but are actually stiff and structural. Varying in size from intimate to overlife, the works are expressive of various human movements and the emotions that give rise to them.

Her site is split into 3 sections: sculptures, books and prints.

Her sculptures include natural fibres, often twigs and branches in conjunction with handmade paper, to form both installations and wall art.

Her books range from the traditional (bound backing and side opening) to something a little more unusual.  She categorises  her Rotating Rings project, seen here, (drawing, prints and some handmade paper) under books.

She also works collaboratively with her husband, Paul Sullivan, and their works are featured on the Landes Sullivan Art website.

Meaningless and Sure: Colourfully Clear, Abaca Salad: handmade abaca and cotton papers, insulation foam and wire.

There are some fabulous paper based installations to be seen on their site and each project has its own dedicated page.  Click on the pictures to enlarge and see the detail of their creations.

Youtube video link as shown

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Chuck Close – Papermaking Time Lapse

This fabulous video from 2010 has just been brought to our attention.  Definitely not one to be missed.

6 hours of papermaking in 8 minutes. Stenciled handmade paper print of Roy Lichtenstein. Featured in the Corcoran Gallery of Art for Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration.

Now this is something special!!  Get a cuppa and sit and watch the full 8 minutes.

Above video link.  Artist credits appear on link.

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Exhibition: The Luminous Within

IAPMA, the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists is the world leading organisation for paper artists and they are proud to present their exhibition:

The Luminous Within
Platform 72 Gallery, 62 Atchison Street, St Leonards
August 6 – 19
10am – 4pm

Beginning from the idea of a pearl being something small, precious, luminous and rare “The Luminous Within”  is an exhibition of small-scale, self-contained paper artworks set within a sculptural or book-like shell.  Whilst the exterior shell of a pearl may appear rough and coarse, the pearl within is a luminous hidden treasure.

Paper has many “luminous” qualities which the member artists highlight.  Paper transmits light and can be radiant, dazzling, celestial – it can illuminate deeper truths, be a guiding light, or a source of inspiration.  This exhibition surveys a variety of techniques and a multiplicity of forms within the constraint of size.  From the artist book to paper sculptures and vessels, from multi-layered cut paper objects to elements embedded directly into handmade paper, these artists demonstrate how form, content and medium coalesce into a unified expression of inspiration, subtle beauty and radiance.

Learn more about IAPMA here.

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The Brooklyn Art Library

Ever created a sketchbook?  Well at the Brooklyn Art Library you can find tens of thousands of sketchbooks from around the world.

Want to have your sketchbook in the library?  Here’s how:

Sign up, receive a blank sketchbook, fill it up and submit it to the world’s largest collection of sketchbooks.  Your book will become part of Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection and will travel as part of their nationwide art exhibitions!

Interested in becoming part of a massive worldwide community of creative people?  Then this is for you.  Anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the projectClick here to participate, and receive a sketchbook which will become part of Brooklyn Art Library – and leave your legacy at a global art library.

The Sketchbook Project 2018 is now underway.
So get involved!

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Sydney Craft Week: Expressions of interest

Brought to you by:
Australian Design Centre, Darlinghurst

The inaugural Sydney Craft Week will be held from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 October 2017.

Bringing together the creative diversity of Sydney’s contemporary craft community, Sydney Craft Week is a ten-day festival celebrating the beauty of the hand-made and the pleasure of making, bringing together Sydney’s contemporary craft community in a city-wide festival for the very first time. Not limited to one material or mode of making, the program features a range of exhibitions, workshops, talks and open studios.

Expressions of Interest:

Be part of the inaugural year of Sydney Craft Week, bringing together Sydney’s contemporary craft community in a city-wide festival for the very first time.

Cultural institutions, galleries, retailers, universities, art and design schools, collectives, groups and individuals are invited to propose exhibitions, events, talks and workshops for Sydney Craft Week focusing on local contemporary crafts. This could also included live demonstrations, markets and retail events, open studios, interactive or immersive installations, cross-disciplinary projects, and projects that incorporate food and/or drink, or otherwise engage the senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell).

The event will showcase the city’s textile artists, ceramicists, metalsmiths, jewellery makers, glass artists, wood workers, furniture makers, leather crafters, paper artists, Indigenous artists and other makers, designers and craft practitioners.

Expressions of interest should be lodged by 26th July.  Click here to apply.

The Australian Design Centre website has an extensive write-up about both the event and participating in it.  The application form is detailed and there is a substantial question and answer section providing everything you need to know.  Click on the link above for full details.

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Exhibition: Out of the Illawarra

Out of the Illawarra showcases the work of 27 members of the Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts (IAVA), with paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and multimedia works.  Included are three indigenous artists who are represented by works on the Reconciliation Wall.

Webmaster Note: We are delighted that our member, Liz Jeneid, is part of this group and is exhibiting.

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Flowersmith: Jennifer Tran

Jennifer Tran is a Sydney-based artist who makes intricate crepe paper flowers easily mistaken for the real thing.

Each component is individually handcrafted before being painstakingly constructed into a stunning finished bloom.

In August 2015 she launched her blogspot site, PAPETAL,where she showcases some of her fabulous pieces and shares video tutorials on basic techniques.

In mid 2016 she started working on her first book, which was published earlier this year.  Entitled ‘Flowersmith: How to Handcraft and Arrange Enchanting Paper Flowers’ the write-up says (in part):

Through craftsmanship, expert styling and beautiful photography, this book elevates paper flowers to an art form.Inside, you’ll find everything you need to know about the art of flower making, from the basic skills you’ll need, through to crafting realistic flower arrangements for every season. With more than 30 flower and foliage projects included, you’ll also find practical step-by-step instructions and photos, and templates you can cut out and use again and again.

The book is widely available on-line through many outlets, and in-shop at Kinokuniya (Australia).


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