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 www.sitselect.org/showcase 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: www.sitselect.org/showcase/showcasetalks

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: https://www.westdean.org.uk/CollegeChannel/ShortCourses/Courses/CourseSubCat.aspx?group=boo

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.

Exhibition

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.

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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:

https://instagram.com/janeponsford/

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.

Blumcollection home page

Blumcollection home page

Blumcollection Jane Ponsford

Blumcollection Jane Ponsford

The Blumcollection website: http://www.blumcollection.com/home

Art raffle fundraiser

A postcard-sized piece of my work is in a fundraising exhibition for a very worthwhile cause.

'Seep' 2015, handmade paper, Indian ink, embossing. Jane Ponsford

‘Seep’ 2015, handmade paper, Indian ink, embossing. Jane Ponsford

‘Art Raffle’ fundraiser Sunday 15th March 12-5pm at White Conduit Projects White Conduit Street, Islington, London, N1 9EL An ‘art raffle’ featuring postcard-sized artworks from both CSM and CCW Students and established artists. Raffle tickets are £5 and proceeds go towards the Art Action UK Residency Programme. Those who Go East commemorates the 2011 tsunami and nuclear meltdown in East Japan. In the four years following the disaster, many artists have ‘gone East’ into the irradiated zones to work with local communities and create artworks documenting the complex political environment in Tohoku. These artworks reflect and amplify the voices of those who question the status quo in both micro-political and global con

Those who go east

Those who go east

Those Who Go East aims to generate discourses that explore the social impact of our dependence on nuclear energy – not just in Japan, but worldwide. It prompts us to consider the global significance of the Fukushima meltdown, and to discuss ways in which visual cultures can influence the way in which we collectively make social and political decisions.     Artists and speakers include: Haruka Komori and Natsumi Seo Chris Wainwright The Otolith Group Kaori Homma Kaya Hanasaki For more information please visit: Art Action UK: http://www.artactionuk.org

Papermaking workshop at West Dean

Creative papermaking with colour and thread

Sunday 15 February – Thursday 19 February 2015

Explore the creative possibilities of papermaking using cotton and linen pulps. Incorporate colour and structure using thread and dyed pulps. In this enjoyable and hands-on short course you will develop your skills and used traditional western style papermaking techniques to make beautiful and unique artworks inspired by textiles.

In this course as part of a themed week on cloth and thread we will investigate the creative possibilities of papermaking using fabric and textiles as our starting point in terms of raw material, structure and colour as well as inspiration. After an initial practical session running through traditional western papermaking we will experiment with making and using cotton and linen pulps to form sheets before moving on to incorporating thread and joining, layering and collaging paper and thinking about how this alters the structure of the paper. Referring back to the structure of cloth and thread we will investigate working with dyed pulps to overlay colour and designs. We will also think about how drying and pressing the paper can alter it, which can be used in a creative way to enhance the structure and shape of the paper. Paper does not always need to be flat!

The course will be taught by means of demonstrations and practical work as well as individual attention to support your project. There will be information and handouts to allow you to take these skills further independently after the course. We will be making paper traditionally using a Hollander beater and professional equipment but will also explore more easily accessible and more experimental techniques.

At the end of the course you will have made a selection of beautiful handmade paper and unique artworks. You will have experimented with making and dying pulps and casting (couching) sheets of paper using a range of techniques including laminating, embossing, pressing, building in insertions and you will have gained and built upon skills to take further in your own work. This course is in our week of courses linked by a theme of Cloth and Thread. Each explores this versatile material in two and three dimensions and various scales. The week includes a short cross-over session when you work with a different tutor, and illustrated talks by other tutors in the series of courses.

More information here: https://www.westdean.org.uk/resources/longdetails/4D5140.pdf

Booking here: https://www.westdean.org.uk/CollegeChannel/ShortCourses/Courses/Courses.aspx?ref=4D5140westdeanlogo

Review of Selected 2014 on Helen Terry’s blog

I came across a lovely blog post about the exhibitions which are part of this year’s Stroud International Textiles events.

‘I drove 150 miles to Gloucestershire in the rain on Friday to see what I could of the SITSelect exhibitions. My sat nav guided me up the steepest, narrowest lane with heart-stoppingly beautiful views (when I dared to look) to Newark Park. I read the advice to not use your sat nav only after that little adventure, once I…..’

See the rest of Helen Terry’s post here on her beautiful blog.