Thursday, May 10, 2018

Recent Works

I've been working with larger formats lately - requiring the paper to be reinforced, even though it's a heavy 2-gauge stock. It's more difficult to cut and use my punches on, and when I glue pieces together to make them stronger (mostly for the upright pieces), the paper warps toward the glue side. So it's been interesting, technically, to make it work and because of the tendency of the paper to droop - some happy 'accidents' have given more interest in the finished results. A lot of this is 'found' paper - leftover from other projects. I really hate to throw it out and the negative shapes are so beautiful. So the scrap heap becomes art! I am enjoying the grunge textures and using water-soluble graphite to muck up the the paint a bit. 
These pieces are about 24"x12"

Monday, February 19, 2018


 Uprising is an over-size painted paper pop-up I created for the Etobicoke Art Group Highlights Exhibition, which is on right now at Neilson Park Creative Centre. It presented a number of technical difficulties, in part brought on by the haste in which I made it. Waiting for glue to dry made me a little impatient, but overall, I think I'm happy with the results. It was placed by a corner window in the Main Gallery. I happened to visit on a sunny afternoon and the effect was magical. The light created really interesting shadows and intensified colour on the undersides of the structure. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

 Pop-Up Accordion Book Workshop

Timed and designed to beat the Winter Doldrums - a Pop-Up Workshop! Make something to make you happy - join me at Neilson Park Creative Centre for two days of making paper pop-ups collected into an Accordion Book. Saturday and Sunday, February 24 & 25. Check it out here

Saturday, January 6, 2018

New Works
A nice long break over Christmas has afforded me time to get back to my beloved paper pop ups. I've been playing with doodles from my sketchbook (and on every scrap of paper in the house) and transcribing their loopy energy into 3-D, together with spirals - which I love cutting out (very Zen!). I have boxes full of hand-painted papers, which I make in the summer when I can work in the back yard. It's lovely to be in my cozy studio on these cold winter days, enjoying working with papers created during sunny, warm times.

Loopy Doodles

Leaf Trails

Monday, October 16, 2017

PopUp Workshop - November 11 at Meta4 Gallery

Join me for a great day of Paper Engineering at Meta4 Gallery in Port Perry.
Everything is supplied, including a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
Using colourful hand-painted papers, you'll learn how to make a  Pop-Up art piece that moves when you open and close it. 
 You will finish the piece with backing boards so you have a lovely work of art to display. 
These gallery workshops are a lot of fun and well worth the drive to Port Perry. Bring a friend and enjoy a day of creating with me! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Paper Engineering at HSAD

Summer Workshops 

Another brilliant day of messing about with paper at the Haliburton School of the Arts. We went to town with sculptured popups and platforms. Everything from colourful creatures to architectural abstracts and flights of fancy and fantasy. 
I'm always amazed at the fabulous ideas that pop up at these workshops. 
The energy was high and the work was inspiring!
Unfortunately, something went wrong with my camera and I was disappointed to discover I had lost many of the photos I took of the work that was created. 

Sculpted creature

Architectural Platform

Hand-painted paper Abstract

Frog on a Lily Pad Platform

More Hand-painted Paper

Abstract Platform

Sun Sculpture

Monday, June 26, 2017

Weekend Workshop at META4 Gallery
A stellar crop of PopUps from a fabulous group in Port Perry this Saturday. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun learning how to make these nested parallel folds and platforms. Everyone took their piece in a different direction with lots of great ideas. They kept me on my toes and, as always, made me think about new directions for my own work. A big Thank You to the owners of META4 - Jen, Birgitta, and Bonnie!