“Touch of Paper Exhibition and Symposium” was held at Ismet Vehit Güney Art Centre in Nicosia, Cyprus few months before. We have decided to include a short overview of this event alongside with general information on “paper-art” in our “Green Winter” issue, which main topics are sustainability and ecology in various spheres of human life.
The students of Architecture, Design and Plastic Arts faculty of American University in Kyrenia (GAU) attended the exhibition as an extension of the Plastic Arts course “Introduction to Art Studio” led by Assist. Prof. Dr. Esra Plumer Bardak. Faculty`s staff member delegates included Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Adil, Faculty Dean; Prof. Dr. Lutz Presser, Head of Plastic Arts; and Lecturers Sinem Ertaner, Dr. Silvia Covarino and Assist. Prof. Dr. Esra Plumer Bardak, along with a group of eager students.
The students, who were asked to select and transform organic and inorganic materials for their final projects, attentively observed the Paper Art exhibition and the symposium talks delivered by Daniela Todorova and Todor Todorova, which introduced ‘Innovations in Paper Making’ and its various applications in ‘Sculpture, Theory and Practice’, respectively.
The event was organised by the Cyprus Paper Artists Association on the occasion of the association’s first anniversary and the 30th anniversary of IAPMA, the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists. The exhibition included works by 32 international artists, ranging from local members to members of IAPMA as well as of the Turkish Association of Paper Artists, and members from the Amateras Foundation in Bulgaria.
Shifting from local to global – it is interesting to see how the paper material has been used in artistic traditions of diverse cultures.
Japanese, for instance, have been always famous for their washi paper, which is handmade and contains the natural ingredients. Washi paper has been used for many different purposes.
Thanks to its tough structure and waterproof quality, washi has been used in Japanese traditional interior décor.
These biobu screens, for instance, are covered with washi paper, incorporating various motifs. Washi, either cut into various pieces, folded or glued together is used as decorations for Buddhist and Shinto rites and festivals, in various games and annual festivities.
Traditions of diverse cultures are somehow intertwined. Therefore, North Cyprus has become the representative of the global paper culture through the prism of “Touch of Paper Exhibition and Symposium”. Such ingenious use of paper can show us how nature meets art and vice versa, and how sustainable, ecological, and `green` design can be attained by the use of the `washi`-like materials.
By Esra Plumer Bardak;
and Sugihara Yoshinao