A few weeks ago I saw these paper sculptures in a shop window, somewhere on Camden Passage in Islington, London. We were rushing by, on our way to by yarn and cake, so I just too some quick snaps. I love the textures and boldness of these. I wish I knew who made them. Anyone know anything about them??
There’s a whole post, or indeed several, to be written about people who work with paper. Please add your suggestions in the comments, I would love to find some more.
Tenuously related – I ran a series of workshops for children with learning disabilities recently and ran the first session using scrap paper. I have worked in paper a few times before, mostly in a teaching context, but keep being drawn back to it for my own work. One of these days I will make something in paper but for now I need to explore what is already out there, as I know I could very easily be accidently influenced by existing stuff and I want to be sure my work is original, as far as possible. I’ve had a look at Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut and keep meaning to buy it. But in the meantime, I will continue to enjoy working with kids with paper – exploring the kinds of folds and pleats I love making in fabric combined with the simplicity and crispness of paper. Magazines are printed on such nice paper, glossy and highly coloured – I love using them.
I am also running a series of workshops over the summer for a community group including paper and collage, so have started a stash of interesting scrap paper, which is really inspiring me.
So what with quilts, paper, a new commission (more anon) and a new range of brooches to finish getting ready, I am, as always, far too ambitious. And there is the small matter of a tiny house I am impatient to finish too. I have plans for a paper-based piece to go in my house… and suddenly I am thinking of keeping some of the scrapped wallpaper to use. Exciting! Although sometimes I wish ideas wouldn’t come at midnight, it does make it hard to sleep…
Work by the kids at Craftnoon Tea, Leicester.