- Çatalköy Development and Culture Organization
- had invited Cyprus Paper Art
Association to learn more about paper making. The name ÇADER implicates in
itself the high interest the group has shown towards this special art form, not
only have they visited the last paper art exhibitions of our association but
have subsequently tried themselves among their group members to make paper for
their own special purpose with their main interest of environment protection.
Please read more about their activities under
June 29, Ismet Tatar, the President of KKSD/ACPA (Cyprus Paper Art Association)
accompanied by other members and artists of the association, Şenol Özdevrim,
Mandana Mernia and Heidi Trautmann,
found everything ready in the beautiful workrooms of the Culture House,
an old Cypriot building in the mountain village of Catalköy. Paper pulp had
already been prepared by the Çader members and children in big buckets. Sitting
around a large working table members of the association and quite a handful of
children were excited to hear what Ismet Tatar had to tell them. “Hopefully”,
Pervin Özgeçen and Irene Raab-Marancos told me, “it is one of many meetings to
come, as we really want to find out how we can make use of this art form for
our purposes”, which is their project ‘Çevre ve ben/ the Environment and I’.
One step after the other, also to stimulate curiosity and knowledge of our
children members, to learn how to re-use material our society is so recklessly
throwing away without realizing the value the material really has.
necklace Ismet Tatar was wearing around her neck attracted the interest of her
audience, a necklace made entirely of paper pulp and so she decided to help
them create one for themselves from the paper pulp they had prepared. The first
point of instruction was how to use the binding agent properly when preparing
the pulp in order to obtain a proper consistency and how to prepare coloured
paper pulp. Ismet Tatar had brought with her six natural colouring media, i.e.
red and black henna, saffron, walnut shell cooked and refined in a blender,
instant coffee and turmeric.
these differently coloured pulps, the ÇADER members, adults and children, were
now shown how to create an abstract painting on a piece of cardboard; the
results were beautiful.
the meantime, artist Şenol Özdevrim had got ready for his demonstration of
sculpting with paper pulp. For this
purpose he had brought with him an oblong Asian or African head mask of wood
which he covered with a plastic sheet to protect the wood. Now, with the help
of many hands around him, he applied the very moist white paper pulp onto the
form and when that was achieved they created mouth and eyes with some of the
coloured pulp previously prepared.
could see the joy all of them were having. The sculpture copy will take some
days to dry, though, in order to be able to take it off the wooden body. In the same manner other objects can be
created, such as bowls, cups and plates for example which they learnt would be
a good substitute for plastic ware, the workshop participants were told.
the end of the successful workshop we all sat down and enjoyed a delicious
apple tart and good coffee. A big thank you to ÇADER and its active and
welcoming members, we wish them luck with all their activities for environment.