Author Archives: Jane Ponsford

Autumn Exhibitions and Press

You can see my work in a few places this Autumn. I am pleased to be showing again with Gallery 57 in Arundel in a beautiful mixed show: Paper which will be running until 22 February. I also have some pieces in Lines Etc with WhiteNoise Projects at One Paved Court until 10 November 2019. I am also happy to say that some of my work will be available from The New Craftsmen. Further updates soon…


2 November – 22 February
Private View 1st November 6 – 8pm

Crafts mag Paper

Works with and on paper, shown with ceramics.

Exhibiting artists: Frances Bloomfield, Susan Kinley, Bridget Johnson, Clare Pelan, Jane Ponsford, Dail Behennah, Jane Perryman, Helen Terry, Rhoda K Baker, Michelle Keegan, Tracey Bush, Diane Griffin and Jane Muende

Gallery 57
57 Tarrant Street
West Sussex

Lines Etc

23 October – 10 November 2019
Private View 24th October 2019

‘What do walking , weaving, observing, singing, storytelling, drawing and writing have in common ? The answer is that they all proceed along lines of one kind or another.’ Lines, A Brief History by Tim Ingold


Fold, 2018, Twisted and knotted handmade paper, stained with ink 

1 Paved Court
The artists in this show all have one thing in common, they draw lines and it only takes a moment to recognise that lines are everywhere. How each artist presents the ‘Line’, offers a variety of interpretations. This exhibition offers an insight into their everyday processes ranging from how they contemplate, make decisions, use their tools and reflect upon their practice. Some engage with the architecture of a particular space within the gallery, whilst for others, the works chosen for the exhibition are autonomous and self-contained.

A WhiteNoise Projects exhibition curated by Hanna ten Doornkaat

Exhibiting artists: Lizzie Brewer, Julie Brixey-Williams, Tom Cartmill, Hanna ten Doornkaat, Buffy Kimm, Rachel Pearcey, Jane Ponsford, Richard Tomlin

The Lissome


I was pleased that our recent exhibition in Cambridge, The Everyday Has a Certain Strangeness, was the subject of a lovely article in The Lissome, an independent magazine based in Berlin with a mindful, sustainable ethos.


Words by Reeme Idris and photography by Genevieve Lutkin


New exhibitions and workshops


The everyday has a certain strangeness

St Peter’s Church

6 – 14 July 2019

11 am – 5 pm

If you are in Cambridge please join us during the opening day on Saturday 6 July 

I am pleased to be showing in an exhibition in the tiny  St Peter’s Church, next to Kettles Yard in Cambridge together with Alessandra Taccia, Sarah Kaye-Rodden, Yasuyo Harvey, Olivia Fiddes, Faye Milburn and Patrizia Sascor.

‘The Everyday has a certain strangeness’ is an independent art exhibition: a collective of seven artists from different backgrounds, using disparate media find common ground in the everyday. Set in the stillness of St Peter’s church (next to Kettle’s Yard house and gallery), the church functions as a graceful, imperfect white vessel for the artworks.’

Quoditian materials are evocative because of their everyday nature. We can all relate to them and summon up their feeling or scent so easily. They can be disposable; paper is so familiar that it’s often easy to forget that it is a precious material in its own right. Making paper by hand from cotton rag or other fibres reminds us of its value as a material very different from its mass-produced cousin.

I was inspired by the familiar mass of buttercups and other wild flowers outside St Peter’s Church and the simple flowers in the stained glass windows, to make work echoing this cool, green yellow by dyeing my paper with weld. Weld is one of our oldest dye-plants and would have been well known by the original users of the church. To me the colour is calm but joyful and appropriate to the beautiful simplicity of the building.

Other exhibitions coming up are:

9 – 15 September 2019 Past and Present Tense, The Crypt Gallery, London
22 October – 11 November 2019 Lines etc, One Paved Court, Richmond, London

Invitations and more information will be sent nearer the time but please save the dates.


15 – 18 July 2019 Papermaking with natural colours, West Dean. More information and booking
26, 27 & 28 July 2019, short papermaking workshops with Hole & Corner at Port Eliot Festival. More information and booking


Looking ahead to 2020….
16 – 20 Feb 2020, 4 day papermaking course at West Dean as part of Earth Matters: Materials Week

For a more behind the scenes look at what is going on please find me on Instagram


Summer updates

This Summer is a busy one; I am working as one of ten artists on Surrey Unearthed, an eight-month  landscape project set in the Surrey Hills,  and I have work in some exhibitions and will be running a few workshops.

Surrey Unearthed

Surrey Unearthed is an Arts Council funded programme of installations, events and projects and has has been developed with artists who have a strong connection and curiosity for the Surrey landscape. These projects focus on the natural materials of the Surrey Hills landscape, their history and uses over time. The installations, art walks and community celebrations coincide with the Surrey Hills 60th year AONB designation.

For my  project, Terrain, I will be walking, collecting materials, talking to people and making work across the whole area but particularly in Witley Common, Box Hill, Newlands Corner and Reigate Hill from June 2018 – April 2019. Most of my workshops during this period will be for specific groups but there will be some open to the public and I will post about them nearer the time though I am delighted to be able to say that I’ll be running an afternoon of papermaking at Leith Hill Place on Saturday 21 July 2.30 – 5pm as part of this project. Booking will be via the Leith Hill Place National Trust website.

Surrey Unearthed exhibition
Ten Surrey Unearthed projects in one place
6 – 22 July 2018
Leith Hill Place, Dorking, Surrey,

An exhibition showing the research and development of the Surrey Unearthed projects featuring maquette, sculpture, film and drawings at Leith Hill Place.

Leith Hill Place is a National Trust property. Charges apply: Adult £6 and Child £3


Two Exhibitions

I am very pleased to be exhibiting at the lovely Gallery 57 in Arundel in their mixed Summer show, A contour, a curve – the lie of the land 19 May – 27 August 2018.  Thurs – Sat 10.30 – 5pm, Sun and Bank Holidays 12 – 5pm.


















This shows some of the participating artists in A contour, a curve – the lie of the land. Top left, Jane Ponsford, top right, Louise Egedal, bottom left, Susan Laughton and finally, Carys Davies. Photo Gallery 57

I am also glad to have three pieces in the SFSA Drawing Open at no format Gallery.
Open Thurs to Sun 1 – 6.30pm 24 May – 3 June 2018
























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Arch 29
Rolt Street
London SE8 5JB


West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 1 – 3 June 10am – 5pm

This year I am running a day of workshops on Friday 1 June as part of the brilliant West Dean Arts and Craft Festival. You can find out more here and book online.

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INFINITY closing events

29th November 2 -5pm| Papermaking ‘In-Residence’ workshop at Arthouse1

2nd December 4 – 6pm| ‘Infinity’ Finissage 


Its the last week of INFINITY which closes on Saturday 2nd December with a final event between 4 and 6pm. You are warmly invited to join fellow exhibitor Gemma Cossey, the curator Jane Boyer and me for a chat and a glass of fizz or a cup of tea on the final afternoon of the exhibition.

Before then on 29th November 2 – 5pm I will be setting up a small outpost of my studio in the gallery where I will be making paper towards a new work.

Please join me and find out more about my work and the processes underlying it and  make some paper to take home or to contribute to the new piece of work.

45 Grange Road

Open Thursday – Sunday 3 – 7pm or by appointment 077131 89249

Visiting information here


Find me on Instagram here for more information and photos from the exhibition


Infinity-Invitation copy

I am delighted to be taking part in a two person exhibition with painter Gemma Cossey at Arthouse 1 in November. The exhibition starts on 8 November and runs until 2 December with a PRIVATE VIEW on 7 November 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Infinity is curated by Jane Boyer,

“For artists Gemma Cossey and Jane Ponsford, the concept of infinity is a consequence of rules, parameters, and processes. The tension between planning and serendipity, compulsion and meditation are at the heart of the work. Both Gemma and Jane work through a visible compulsive repetitiveness to arrive at an unanticipated serene fusion of elements.”

PRIVATE VIEW Tuesday 7 November 6.30pm – 8.30pm
EXHIBITION OPEN FROM 8 November – 2 November 2017

45 Grange Road

Open Thursday – Sunday 3 – 7pm or by appointment 077131 89249



RED Invitation


Please join us for the launch of our first joint exhibition on

Red has been the basis for Platform Peer Group’s collective exhibition and research.
Red is evocative, it exudes drama, danger, sex appeal, glamour and politics.
Taking individual starting points to Red, influenced by their own practice, the artists explore interior and exterior space, identity, displacement,materiality, the body, ways of seeing, storytelling and rituals.
The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, film, site-specific installation, photography and drawing.

Saturday 21 October
2 – 4pm

The Grange, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7HA

Open 10 – 4pm
Sunday 2-4pm
Closed Wednesday

Jane Ponsford


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New and Old

In writing this post I want to look forward to some new things and also to think about some of the things I worked on towards the end of last year.

First the new things; I am working on some larger pieces of work which will be wall-based and at the moment am making lots of (small) trial pieces. If you follow me on Instagram you can see some of these experimental pieces often photographed as I make them. In some of this work I have started to experiment with a woven structure and different fibres as the basis of my papermaking. While I usually make paper from cotton or linen rag, which results in a firm, compacted material some of these have been made using Mitsumata pulp, which comes directly from the bast fibres from the inner bark of a plant  called Argeli (edgewortia papyfera). This is a traditional source of fibre for Himalayan papermaking and produces a softer (to the touch), more flexible but strong paper. I have been using this paper to make a roughly spun yarn to weave and knot together to make net or grid forms. I am enjoying exploring this ancient but new to me material.


Coming up are some workshops

Art in Action: Introduction to Papermaking 14-17 July 2016
Making the Local Papers: provisionally 16-18 September with Object Book, Merton Abbey, London
Experimental papermaking: Material Journeys: Materials Week 2017, West Dean, Sussex.
There is more information about them here and I’ll post up links for booking as soon as they are live.

Looking Back..

Looking back at the last six months, it was a busy time. I had been working on a landscape project Passing Moment, whose title comes from a piece of writing about landscape for Stour Valley Arts by the wonderful Doreen Massey. The work engages with and responds to chalk, the material that forms the South Downs landscape, and also with the repetitive processes of collecting materials and walking on the chalk paths. It grows from my continuing research project, Land, material and memory, which is  based on walking within the landscapes of Southern England. I was very pleased to show some of this new work as part of 10 days Winchester Arts Biennal: Chalk 2015.

The installation was shown at the City Museum in Winchester. More information and images can be seen here.

As well as running some workshops at West Dean I was asked to run a short papermaking workshop in October for Stroud International Textiles at Select Showcase, in Cheltenham where I also exhibited. It was really good to meet other artist / makers and to talk to the public. I had some great conversations and sold lots of work too, which is always rather pleasant. It’s a very positive thing to be able to meet the people who respond to your work and something that I have missed.

More updates soon…

Upcoming events and workshops: Early bird booking

In October 2015 I’m involved in quite a few things. I will be taking part in a new event in Cheltenham, SITselect SHOWCASE organised by Stroud International Textiles. This promises to be an exciting addition to the art / craft calendar. It runs over three days, Friday 23 October, Saturday 24 October and Sunday 25 October and includes talks, exhibitions, book signings, a conference, workshops and over 70 maker stands. Until the end of July there is a 20% discount on entrance ticket prices. An early bird day ticket is £6 and for 3 days is £18. Children 14 and under go free and there are concessions tickets also. SITselectShowcaseSquareSml web320

Do go look at the website to find out more. Highlights for me are the talks ‘In Conversation’ between Isamini Samanido and Jilly Edwards and between Isamini and Theo Wright on Friday 23 October. Details about these and other talks can be found on this page:

I will be there for the three days as I have a stand. I’m very excited to take part and am looking forward to meeting visitors to the show. I will also be running a one-day experimental papermaking workshop on Saturday 24 October. The workshop will be very much hand-on and we will explore textures and patterns to make a simple zig-zag or pamphlet book. Starting simple means that we can try out all sorts of techniques that participants will be able to use in their own work. The course will include using cotton rag pulps, casting and couching, laminating and embossing. We will use a Hollander beater and we will also explore processes that can be used at home. As part of this day I am giving a short talk about my work and inviting you to participate in my latest project by making and dip dying a sheet of paper.

The workshop is suitable for all.

Tickets: £55. Concessions: £35.

Entrance ticket required. There will be ample time to go round and look at all the other things going on as part of a really enjoyable day.

At the end of that week I am running a short course at lovely West Dean, ‘An Introduction to Creative Papermaking’, Friday 30 October – Sunday 1 November. (Suitable for all)

Course Reference: WE 5743westdeanlogo

At West Dean we will be exploring traditional western papermaking techniques to create paper artworks inspired by the landscape. We will make pulps using cotton rag, and learn casting and couching, laminating and embossing, using a Hollander beater but also learn other pulping processes that can be used at home. More information here: pdf

To book please visit the West Dean Short Course booking page here:

Or phone for a brochure: Tel: +44 (0)1243 811301

There is a new on-line booking log-in system which allows one to view the various options (non-residential, single room, double etc) but setting up a log-in doesn’t commit you anything. I really enjoyed my last visit and am looking forward to this one a great deal. As anyone will attest who has attended a course here, the setting is wonderful, the facilities are great, the food is ample and good and there is a very friendly creative atmosphere (and a lovely bar).

The course cost without the residential element is £230.


Also in October I will be showing an installation of some recent work inspired by walks along the Downland paths of Southern England. I can’t say more about it than that as details are still to be confirmed but there will be more information soon.

Land, material and memory, ongoing

Land, material and memory, ongoing

Websites and some links

I’m pleased to say that I have been selected to be on the new Crafts Council directory. It’s a useful resource to help to find all sorts of artists and makers who work in all sorts of mediums and really worth a browse. New makers are joining all the time so its good to come back from time to time. I’m going to be updating and adding to my profile there so its not just a static thing. I’m very pleased that my work is there alongside that of artists whose work I really like.

Click on the image to go to the directory.

Crafts Council page

Another place that is worth a good browse especially if you are interested in paper as a medium is the IAPMA website.

The International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) is the world leading organisation for paper artists. It was founded in 1986 in Düren, Germany, when paper as an art medium was far less well-known than it is today. While paper history and production are one facet of the Association’s activities, the central focus is paper role as art form and as a contemporary artistic medium.


Click on the IAPMA logo to go to the directory. Although the link takes you to my page it is easy to navigate from there to the pages of all the other members.

A last link is to my Instagram page. I have found Instagram such an interesting way of seeing the work of other artists, craftspeople and visually minded people. Often you can get insight into the working processes of people in a way that you can’t through more formal websites or newsletters. My favourites at the moment are people and galleries getting ready for Crafts Week or Collect. My Instagram page is here:

Featured in Blumcollection

Some of my work is featured on the Blumcollection design website. The pieces are hand-made paper book-forms made to catch the light and to cast shadows. I’m very pleased to see my work on this lovely interiors website among some beautiful design and art objects.

More about Blumcollection:

Blumcollection is a web magazine of art, craft and design items. Simple in form, especially colours and beautiful materials. A look-book for professionals and everyone who loves beauty. Odette Blum, owner and founder of Blumcollection is an interior designer. She uses her selected items in her online advice to create unique interiors.

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