at SOL Atelier Nicosia and Activities April 17-28, 2018
the exhibition was on and saw visitors from both sides of Cyprus, we attended
two activities at the close by Arabahmet Culturel Centre which is supported by
Girne American University.
first one was a presentation of a new book by Dr. Sofia Hadjipapa. She holds a
PhD in Art History and Fine Arts and lives and works at Cyprus University on
the South side of Nicosia. Read her biography under the following link.
She had let us have a brief glimpse into her recent work,
a research work on the importance and migration of symbols, a book with the
title ‘The Book of Hours’. I had met Sofia
Hadjipapa before, years ago, shortly after the gates between the two parts
of the islands opened, on the occasion of an art event created by the two art
associations EMAA and ECATE and supported by the ‘Goethe Centre’ (as the
Institute was called then) in the buffer zone of Nicosia. It was the ART AWARE
Project where artists from South and North presented themselves and their work
over the length of eight months. It was a heart touching event. In her new book
project she has been studying the significance of symbols that go back far into
our past history, symbols of belief, of matters of life, often in the form of a
circle, the symbol of endlessness. I
have included here texts she had shown us in a slide show. She has reproduced these symbols on handmade
paper; please see the examples shown below. It was a precious contribution
during the PAPER TOUCH2 event.
The second event was led by Laura Behar from Meitar in Israel; she holds a Master Degree in
Contemporary Art from Liverpool University and specializes in Prints, Graphic
Techniques and Paper-Making since 1980. She is a longstanding member of IAPMA
(International Association of Paper Making and Paper Artists). She participated in many
international exhibitions and conventions within the paper making field of art.
That is where she met our founding members Inci Kansu, Ismet Tatar, Emel Samioğlu
and Simge Uygur. She organizes workshops for art teachers and artists to show
the many techniques connected with Paper Art.
Prior to the workshop she gave us a short introduction into her work by
means of a slide show.
The theme for our workshop was ‘Painting with Paper Pulp’.
Our members had prepared the necessary paper pulp of different colours in huge
plastic containers and on several working tables the participants were shown and
taught the ‘scooping’ of paper by means of a wire mesh; then the creating of a
picture with various layers of thus scooped sheets, mixed with decorative
pieces such as dried flowers, paper pieces, threads and similar. The sheets
were then left to dry and put under pressure by means of a press. A fascinating process, you may recognize from
I realized that this kind of art technique becomes more
and more of interest to art teachers and students, as they are always looking
for new means of expression and techniques.
is the link to my review on the opening of our exhibition:
lives from activity and can have no standstill. The KKSD/ Association of Cyprus
Paper Artists has already planned some events for the rest of the year 2018-
-In June 2018, a "Papermaking"
workshop designed for the students of ARUCAD, Girne;
-From 17 - 28
September 2018, "Birgrupinsan" exhibition; artists coming from
İstanbul to exhibit at the Atatürk Cultural Centre Nicosia.
Association of Paper Making and Paper Artists) Touring Exhibition" at EMU
Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta;
-From 01 - 10 November
2018, "ACPA İstanbul KKSD Members Exhibition" at
Galeri Bohem, İstanbul.
Paper Art has come to
the awareness of artists around the world and reaches into all fields of art
disciplines; there are no limits. It carries the environmental thought in its
philosophy. You can see samples on IAPMA facebook and website.