Sunday, 31 January 2010

The Cut Line workshops

With my current show I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to hold several workshops in Starts gallery in downtown Taipei. One was for adults and one for children. Both workshops were great fun, the participants were keen and during the short time they were there they worked really hard and produced some beautiful work.

With the adults I focused on cutting butterflies using craft knives. This allowed us to explore symmetry and the numerous effects different cut marks can make.

The kids cut out symmetrical tiger faces using scissors (it'll soon be the year of the tiger.). They also decorated masks using scrap silk paper bits (the left overs from my paper cutting). It was a great way to use up some of my huge store of silk paper scraps, which I never throw away! The results were impressive. I just wish we had more time to completely finish them.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

The Cut Line

Here are some pictures of the recent opening of my one man show of silk paper cuttings, ‘The Cut Line’, in Taipei. The day of the opening was a warm sunny day and people were out and about enjoying a brief respite from this cold, wet and grey winter. In the cozy confines of Starts Gallery guests ambled and chatted and, I hope, enjoyed the art. Many thanks to all those who came!

The show included work from the last 5 years though the centrepiece was the recent Butterfly Creation series seen here on the left.

It was interesting to show older work against the newer work.

These are from the ‘Butterfly Creation’ series.

This silk paper cut from the Butterfly Creation series is called ‘Butterfly Cloud’. It's pinned to a large scroll in a way that it is suspended bout 1 inch away from the surface. This gives it depth and allows shadows to play on the scroll.

Over the next month or so I’ll focus on different work in the show, some of which has not been seen before.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

The Cut Line

What! It's 2010! Why didn't anyone tell me? Why didn't I know? Oh yeah, I remember, I've been stuck in my studio buried under an ever increasing number of silk paper cuts. I'm preparing for an upcoming show, the opening reception of which is Saturday Jan 9th 2010. Please come if you can. It's at Starts Gallery and is open on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday (2:00 - 6:00pm). Here's the address

地 址:台北市和平東路二段28號B1,1F & 2F (一樓與地下室展示場) (二樓演講廳)
28, Section 2, Ho Ping East Road, Taipei

Here are some pics of my studio in its clean state! You should see it when I left yesterday - I had to shuffle, duck, twist and stretch to get out of the place.

The ever prolific Beatrice Coron dropped by the other day to say hello and see what I was up too. Based in New York she was on a flying visit to Asia so dropped in to see her old friends in Taiwan as well as me. She showed me some of her amazing paper cutting art in the form of artist books, fans and a self made magazine. This is an artist who is totally dedicated to her art! Check out her comprehensive website to see what I mean.