December 16, Paper Sculpture with Su Blackwell

Saturday 16 December, 11-5, £128 includes a light lunch and materials

Hosted by Su Blackwell

"In that place where art meets life sits Su Blackwell, paper artist extraordinaire. In person, Su is rather like the heroine of one of her works – slightly ethereal, mysterious and a little bit lost. These otherworldly qualities are integral to her work. Exquisite craftsmanship combined with an underlying narrative and overlying sense of fairytale magic makes her work stand out from the paper crowd." Issue 37, Dress Circle. 

Participants on the workshop will learn how to make a 3-d paper cut-out concertina card, which could be posted as a greeting card, given as a gift, or framed and treasured forever. 

Su Blackwell will share some of the skills she has developed to help guide you through each of the stages from design to completion. While the workshop is suitable for beginners, it can be seen as a taster session, the skills taught can be incorporated into more ambitious projects. The morning will start with an introduction to the artist's work, and looking at some of her samples on display. 

Participants will choose a design from the artist's selection of printed images, and will start preparing to make their own concertina paper-cut greeting card. Participants will be guided through folding precisely the paper concertinas, using a bone folder, and cutting precisely with a ruler. You will learn about working with different weights of paper, and learn skills, which you will be able to transfer to other paper projects. Participants will arrange their image into three layers, which they will trace onto paper, and reverse transfer onto card. They will work on cutting-out two panels.  Paper cutting skills with scalpel blade will be demonstrated, and participants will guided through the cut-out of two layers of their design, building up colour and texture, while incorporating paper applique.

When all panels are completed, the layers are glued in sequence to the concertina. 

If time allows, participants will make a slip case using artist's template to protect their finished art-work. 

A good variety of different colours of card and equipment will be made available.  

You will need to bring an A4 cutting mat (marked with grid of 1cm squares)

8 people per class

Venue
Selvedge 
162 Archway Road 
London
N6 5BB

Travel
Tube: Archway and Highgate
Buses: 134, 43, 263
Free Parking after 12 o'clock on Langdon Park Road next to the shop.