Sunday, 21 October 2012

Where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York

A catch up blog post, as I have been sadly lacking of late.
It is this time of year which brings back memories of a wonderful week spent in New York.  Eight years ago, my sister and I flew off to The Big Apple, as I had booked a Workshop with the world famous paper cutting artist BeatriceCoron    The Workshop was to be held at the centreforbookarts , but was cancelled.  So Beatrice held the Workshop for me and another lady at her Apartment.
This is Beatrice standing in front of one of her incredible pieces of paper cut work.
If you visit her web site, you will see that she is a fascinating artist, a diverse artist.   Her work is commissioned for use in public places, aswell as private commissions and sales and ... no wonder. 
 She was the most generous artist, teacher and host.  
This was our table we worked on in her living space.
Her tray of paper cutting tools
Beatrice and I standing infront of another giant work of art.   Beatrice uses Tyvek
Tyvek has the properties of paper but does not tear.  Beatrice coats the Tyvek with Indian Ink and away she goes with a knife, with hardly any pencil work.  
It was a treat to watch such a superb artist at work.
 There were many highlights of spending time with Beatrice, up there though, was the view from her Apartment.   A 180 degree view, overlooking Central Park, sweeping upto Mid Town Manhattan. 
Never mind the paper cutting, I wanted to stand at her windows and stare, all day long, every day.
If you have the time, please visit her web site and view the TED Talk 'Stories Cut from Paper'...
you can get the sense of what a truly awesome woman she is.
It's weird really, my sister didn't attend the Workshop, but is now an artist specialising in Paper Cut work and Book Arts.  
She did visit Beatrice with me and I suppose was heavily influenced by what she saw.  
Here is my sister web site deckle-edged
Change of may know that our youngest girl is in her final year of University,
studying Prosthetic Makeup for Film, Theatre and Media.
She has made these professional prosthetic wounds to sell for Halloween.
just in case you may be interested:)
A long, long time ago I was commissioned by my friend Linda Letticeleaf to make a textile collage using a Christmas card and paper ephemera, from her time working for the British Royals.
Now, this was a challenge that I put off for far too long.   Last week I got to grips with it and transferred the Christmas card sent to Linda from 'Diana' (1995) and other Royal paper ephemera onto fabric and away I went.  
Quite difficult to incorporate fairly contemporary images into what I do, but Linda is happy with the result (thank goodness).  If you fancy reading more, pop over to her blog.
Just a few photos of my recent 'makes' ...
Lavinia in the garden with Dirk.
 Textile and paper Collage applied to a reclaimed block of wood...
 Screen printed Peter Pan Collar...
 Collage work...
Well that just about wraps up the last few weeks.  
I hope all is well with you and thank you for stopping by. x
New York Alicia Keys  



jenny elkins said...

Viv the paper cutting is awesome Im going to read more about her. KI love what your daughter is doing so creative! Of course your stuff is sweet and wonderful as always!

lettice leaf said...

Four things...

1. I bet Beatrice was over the moon to have such talented pupil as you to teach Viv.

2. Can you sew on Tyvek?

3. Which fair are you selling these wonderous wares at?

4. Love the scars... what a talented family you are. Will you be selling them on your stall?

I've got the old crafting juices going re. my contribution to the Di piece. Ideas will wing their way to you for approval; hope this is okay?


Lilbitbrit said...

Your New York trip must have been wonderful. Just that view is to die for.

How interesting about the Tyvek.

Love your creations.

Lil Bit Brit

Debbie said...

How decadent - to go all the way to NY for a workshops; the photo of her tools with the bandaids made me smile!
I'm looking forward to seeing the fab piece you made for Lin. You're so clever.x

bohemiannie! art said...

Inpspiring many ways! I so love your art.

carole johnston said...

Loved the Diana work,I have not caught up for awhile si I found it a lovely blog.Your work is so different I love the chook in the tin,one of my many favourites that you have made.

Jayne said...

What a fantastic post full of all sorts of interesting news. Beatrice's apartment view was amazing, think I would have looked out for hours too. Your makes are gorgeous as always, you have been a very busy bee. Your daughters work is incredible but scary so realistic. jayne x

Victoria said...

What a gorgeous round up. Fingers crossed for NY. Love all your fab photos ........ and that make up!!!!!! x