Posts Tagged ‘patchwork’

Crafting with kids at Harbourfront Centre

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

This past Thanksgiving weekend, fellow staffer Mariel and I headed over to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre to participate in  HarbourKIDS: Folk – a three day festival filled with free entertainment and activities celebrating the positivity of community, family, and friends through folk music, folk tales, and folk art.

For the weeks leading up to the festival, I was faced with the task of developing a collaborative art project that children of all ages could engage in and contribute to, resulting in a piece that would grow over the course of the weekend. I was really excited about the opportunity to introduce so many young people to the world of folk art and craft, and decided to focus on the idea of traditional craft practices, but using not so traditional materials.

Inspired by the vibrant, fabric-like qualities of the Chiyogami paper in the shop, I thought it would be fun to have the kids cut, paste, and weave strips of the paper to create what looked like patchwork quilt blocks. Each block would then be attached together, creating a large, colourful paper quilt. This gave the kids a chance to work with some beautiful paper, and see their  piece become part of a greater, collaborative artwork.

Armed with buckets of Chiyogami paper strips (and lots of our other papers, the sparkly Candyflake was particularly popular), we worked with hundreds of enthusiastic, crafty kids to create a Patchwork Paper Quilt that grew to fill the entire tent by the end of the weekend. Here’s how it looked after just one day!



“Sown In Washi” – a new series of artwork by Judith Rudoler

Friday, October 8th, 2010

“Sown In Washi”
by Judith Rudoler

on display
at the artist’s studio every
Sunday in November!

198 Walnut Avenue, Unit #9
(south of Queen Street at Trinity Bellwoods, behind The Paper Place)

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 28th

Artist Statement:

Everything I do starts with paper.  Currently, my work ends with stitched-paper collage. In between, however, are many hours of handling, preparing, and manipulating paper, my raw material.  My work uses Washi, a handmade, pure fibre, Japanese paper, a traditional handicraft whose industry is slowly dying and methods are being lost.

My process begins with the finest kozo Washi.  Each sheet is divided and then dyed according to my mood and the requirements for the desired final piece.  Bowls of pigmented water prepared, I then work the dyes into paper creating layers of colour.  Once dyed I use konnyaku, a starch derived from Devil’s Tongue Root, to further strengthen the paper and create texture.  Best known in Japan as an edible product, konnyaku, is also traditionally used to make kamiko, paper clothing.  The fragility of untreated washi contrasted with the strength of the treated product makes this part of the process most satisfying.  Upon completion I am presented with a world of possibilities, dozens of differently textured and coloured sheets of paper hanging to dry in anticipation of the final piece.

Each piece itself is born of an idea, a photograph, or a drawing that I manipulate in Adobe Photoshop.  For this series my subject is the urban garden.  I transform the image into a map that will guide me to cut and then stitch each fragment of paper into a final piece.  Individually altered papers cut and torn asunder, later to be reassembled results in a patchwork of colour and texture. For this I use my old Bernina sewing machine. The final piece is paper and thread.  It is, however, much more.  It is also a love of the colour palette, of light, and of texture.  The process takes me from handmade paper, upon which a series of treatments have been applied by hand, into a digital environment and then out again.  The final piece exhibits the aesthetics of both worlds: at once distinctly traditional and modern.