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On paper : [new paper art]
Thomas, Jane.
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London : Merrell in association with the Crafts Council ; New York : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. through St. Martin's Press, [2001]

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128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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"Produced to accompany the exhibition On Paper, New Paper Art at Crafts Council Gallery ... 5 July-2 September 2001"--T.p. verso.
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N6494.P34 T56 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Paper is one of the most versatile of all media. Whether folded, cut, or molded as pulp, its role need not be restricted to that of support for other media. However, until the mid-twentieth century such techniques as papier mache and origami were accorded the status of little more than curiosities, certainly not to be regarded as vehicles for serious creative endeavor. Attitudes changed after artists of the standing of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque began to explore the nature of paper, taking it from the flatness of collage toward the three-dimensionality of sculpture. Over the last fifty years, a growing number of practitioners from disciplines as diverse as textiles, ceramics, sculpture, painting, and design have used paper as their principal material. On Paper explores the development of paper as a medium of expression, combining personal recollection with historical overview, and comprehensively illustrated with a whole range of the different creative uses to which paper has been put byartists from all over the world.

Author Notes

Jane Thomas is Exhibitions Officer at the Crafts Council, London.
Paul Jackson is a professional paper artist who explores the application of traditional origami techniques in art and design. In addition to exhibiting his work, he teaches widely, writes books about origami and paper crafts, and undertakes commercial commissions

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Library Journal Review

Long undervalued in the scheme of Western art, paper sculpture has manifested itself as a serious medium in recent years. This work, the catalog of an exhibition recently at London's Crafts Council and set to travel through Great Britain, displays an extraordinary collection of 100 three-dimensional works of paper. Taking its cue from Japan's deft and often witty art of paper folding, which we know as origami, this collection starts with classic folding, plaiting, and weaving techniques to create various representational or abstract forms. Moving into more adventurous territory, exhibition artists created cast shapes and handmade paper of interesting fibers. The use of text and imagery on paper and its logical concomitant, the artist's book, are well represented. Paper is also used in a fabriclike way and in beautiful installations, including one made of 1.5 km of toilet paper. Well photographed and beautifully reproduced in color, the objects displayed here go a long way toward changing the second-tier craft status of paper as a medium for art. Highly recommended. David McClelland, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Jane ThomasPaul Jackson
Foreword and Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introductionp. 8
On Paperp. 11
About Paperp. 27
Section 1 Text and Messagep. 32
Section 2 New Foldingp. 52
Section 3 Cut and Constructedp. 68
Section 4 Nature and Spiritp. 90
Glossaryp. 110
International Resourcesp. 113
Picture Creditsp. 125
Selected Bibliographyp. 126
Indexp. 128