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Pippa Dyrlaga, PULP Make Southwest
Pippa Dyrlaga, PULP Make Southwest

The ‘PULP’ Exhibition: Pushing The Boundaries Of Paper

Step into the enchanting world of paper artistry, where strips of cardboard, papier-mâché, and meticulous folding converge. The upcoming exhibition, ‘PULP,’ promises to be a visual feast, showcasing the innovative and awe-inspiring works of over two dozen international artists.

Hosted at MAKE Southwest, the exhibition is a collaborative effort by the Paper Artist Collective and GF Smith. From quilled flowers to figurative sculptures, the artists participating in ‘PULP’ transcend traditional boundaries, presenting a diverse array of creations that redefine the limits of paper.

The Possibilities Of Paper

Within the realm of ‘PULP,’ artists navigate the versatile landscape of paper, delving into various techniques to bring their visions to life. Found pages from magazines and books become canvases for artistic expression, while single sheets are meticulously folded into intricate figures. The exhibition pours with creativity as artists craft unique wearable pieces, pushing the boundaries of what is conceivable with this seemingly ordinary material.

Featured Artists

The ‘PULP’ exhibition proudly features the works of renowned artists, many of whom have graced the pages of   over the years. Names like Layla May Arthur, Daphne Lee, Juho Könkkölä, Kate Kato, and more promise to captivate visitors with their ingenuity and unique approaches to paper art. Each artist brings a distinctive perspective, contributing to the rich tapestry of creativity that defines the exhibition.

Ready-to-wear paper cloaks, polished paper ‘gemstones’, hyper-realistic plant replicas, paper made from mushrooms, suits of armour folded from one sheet of paper, stop-motion animations, and origami architectural models are amongst the body of work from 30 international artists on show in PULP, an exhibition celebrating paper in its widest uses at MAKE Southwest.

Varying in scale from miniature to vast, two-dimensional to three-dimensional, and intricately detailed cut pieces to broad sculptural forms, this exhibition truly showcases the universal material in unexpected forms.

With a history extending as far back as 100BCE China, paper has a multitude of uses. The PULP exhibition aims to show the huge variety of applications and techniques in use across the international world of paper making and paper art. [Make Southwest]

Pippa Dyrlaga
Pippa Dyrlaga

Pippa Dyrlaga explores paper’s fragility, crafting organic patterns radiating from a central tear, inspired by the Japanese concept of kintsugi, which transforms broken objects into beautiful creations [often repaired with gold].

Jeremy May

Jeremy May crafts polished paper ‘gemstone’ rings, and Layla May Arthur captures the essence of marble or porcelain in her gothic architectural constructions.

Kate Kato

Furthermore, paper emerges as an ideal medium for lifelike replicas. Kate Kato meticulously models flowers, fungi, and insects.

Emma Boyes creates realistic studies of birds, drawing parallels between the light, versatile nature of both paper and feathers.

Nathan Ward utilises paper to explore movement in marine mammals, crafting a fully articulated model of a whale with her calf. Tina Kraus raises awareness about ocean pollution by intricately rendering cuttlefish and seahorses in hyper-realistic detail using paper.

Nathan Ward

Emma Boyes creates realistic studies of birds, drawing parallels between the light, versatile nature of both paper and feathers.

Nathan Ward utilises paper to explore movement in marine mammals, crafting a fully articulated model of a whale with her calf. Tina Kraus raises awareness about ocean pollution by intricately rendering cuttlefish and seahorses in hyper-realistic detail using paper.

James Lake

Location And Dates

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Bovey Tracey, on the edge of Dartmoor, ‘PULP’ opened its doors on the 20th January and will run through until the 13th April 2024. If you find yourself in the area, don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of paper art. Plan your visit at MAKE Southwest’s website, where the exhibition promises an unforgettable experience for art enthusiasts and curious minds alike.

Paper’s significance as a medium extends to its inherent sustainability. With global traditions, paper plays a vital role in festivals and significant events. PULP not only showcases diverse paper cultures worldwide but also delves into the history and techniques of papermaking. Alongside the exhibition, a comprehensive program of workshops, demonstrations, and masterclasses is offered. For additional information, visit makesouthwest.org.uk.

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