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FASCINATING PAPER In 1986 several paper enthusiasts met in Düren, Germany, to establish IAPMA, the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists – a forum for an international exchange of knowledge, ideas and information covering every aspect of papermaking, various kinds of cultural and traditional paper art and inspiration on the use of paper as an art medium.
For the 25th anniversary of IAPMA in 2011, members will organise exhibitions, workshops, meetings and f ilm projects in their countries. Germany is the starting point of a touring exhibition entitled “Fascinating
Anita Brendgens/NL: "Laboratory still life 1" Sabrina Meyns/IRL: "Untitled Brooch 1" Michele Guichard Soutif/F: "Now" Valerie Bues/D: "Permeable Abundance", 2011 Beatrix Mapalagama/A: "S'Rüscherl", 2011 Imke Beek/NL: "Feastcantate (femmes)" Pat Hudson/UK: "Seepage 3" Abaca paper, silk Seping Berger-Jenisch/D: Sculpture "Kou", 2009 Batia Redner/IL: "Herr Highness", sculpture Julie Picard/CDN: "Diary Diary", ø 40 cm
Paper” that will showcase paper art by 54 IAPMA members in 24 countries.
“Faszination Papier (Fascinating Paper)” will feature pulp painting, casting, plant fibre papers, hanji, amate, recycled paper, printed materials and diverse expressions of paper in book objects, installations, jewellery, reliefs or sculptures – pieces in large formats, of feathery lightness or an earthy heaviness – in a unique display presenting aspects of paper that are out of the ordinary, touching, inspiring and enjoyable.
“Faszination Papier” will be on view at Kunstverein Burghausen from 15th April to 8th May 2011, at “Forum Kunst und Handwerk”, Mainburg, from 15th May to 5th June, Papiernictwa Museum of Duszniki Zdrój, Poland, from 23rd July to 11th Sept. (incl. a paper festival on 23rd and 24th July), and at gallery “Thurn und Taxis” and other buildings in the historic town of Michelstadt, Germany, from 24th Sept. to 9th Oct. (including a “Black and White Market” on 23rd and 24th Sept.).
Further exhibition venues are envisaged for 2012. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.
For further information on IAPMA and “Faszination Papier” visit www.iapma.info.
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Lilo Schär/CH: "Girls Dream 1", 60 x 80 x 7 cm Borbala Tarpay/CH: Collection "Amplitude", dresses TuijaHelena Markonsalo/FIN: "Protect me", 2009 dress
Simona Baumgartner/CH, 'towel jupes' Renate Höning/D, jacket made ot crocheted wire Beatrice Oettinger/D: "Enwrapping Brightness", birch coat Motohiro Tanji/UK: knitte coat
In 2008, Handwerksform Hannover organised an exhibition entitled “Fabrics for Dreaming” as part of its f irst “textour” event. The show presented unprocessed craft fabrics, either one-offs or small series. The exhibition project drew a very positive response, and consequently the theme will be continued in 2011. In its second “textour”, scheduled in Hanover in the spring of 2011, Handwerksform Hannover will explore the theme of clothing (see page 32).
A Europe-wide call for entries invites craftspeople and designers to participate in an exhibition entitled “Body Shells”. How could, should or must man-made coverings be designed to offer human bodies protection from the elements while also meeting our individual and fashion needs? This key question was the focus of the exhibition. Like all exhibitions held by Handwerksform Hannover, the forthcoming show aims to include pieces that stand out due to a particularly contemporary, innovative or unusual design or choice of materials.
“Body Shells” will present the work of 21 applied artists from Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Denmark and Finland. Whether modern, creative, extraordinary, wearable or unwearable – the clothes on display will present a wide and diverse range.
The exhibits contributed to the exhibition by textile designer Simona Baumgartner from Baden, Switzerland, can certainly be considered wearable. She has collected towels woven with lettering for years, after discovering her f ir st piece in a Berlin jumble sale in 2004. The heat of that summer’s day made her wrap the towel around her waist like a skirt, in the style of West African women. This was the creation of her f irst “towel jupe”, and formed the basis of her series. Simona Baumgartner has remained faithful to her towels to this day, creating a great variety of skirts, each a cotton or linen oneoff fashioned by the simplest means. The basic principle of string ties and an elastic waistband i s identical in all the skirts. The items of clothing thus produced are as simple and witty as they are eyecatching.
Other participants in the exhibition are Verena Bähr, Jörg Ballnath, Tanja Kalimanova-Friedrich, Jutta Görg-Herm, Christel Heimbucher, Renate Höning, Gisela John, Nele Knierim and Beatrice Oettinger, all from Germany; as well as Therese Brodbeck & Liliane Schaffner, Mariana Minke & Sara Forzano, Lilo Schär and Borbala Tarpay from Switzerland; Tuija Helena Markonsalo from Finland; Helene Vonsild and Gabriele Wiegand from Denmark; and Motohiro Tanji from the UK.
The “Body Shells” exhibition is the right place for people interested in textile materials and fashion. It also provides the framework for this year’s Designfreitag Hannover (Hanover Design Friday), organised by Handwerksform Hannover in conjunction with Werkakademie für Gestaltung und Design im Handwerk Niedersachsen (Lower Saxon Academy of Styling and Design). Participation in the symposium is free, but f irm bookings are required. A detailed programme and registration form can be downloaded from the website, www.designfreitaghannover.de. Dr. Sabine Wilp ■
Notes For reasons of space, this contribution has been abridged. Address: Handerksform Hannover, Berliner Allee 17, D-30175 Hannover http://www.handwerksform.de
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