Imagine Peace Papercutting Workshops with Poppy Chancellor, in partnership with the W-Project.
As part of Meltdown Festival’s Activism Weekend at the Southbank Centre, we collaborated with artist Poppy Chancellor, to run two paper cutting workshops over the weekend of 15th-16th June 2013.
We caught up with Poppy, who currently teaches at the Prince’s Drawing School, to learn more about her practice and find out how the Meltdown Festival workshops went:
What do you like most about working with paper? I like the idea of working with something that is already there, but that I’m taking away and removing from it. There’s a real emphasis on the craft itself when working with paper. Paper can be a very clean cut, simple yet intricate material to work with.
What inspires you? Looking back -lots of people are beginning to do contemporary paper work, but a lot of my inspiration comes from the past. Traditional Mexican paper cuts, as well as 15th Century Polish paper cuts, are great. Textiles and fabric also inspire me, as they often feature repetitive patterns which I like.
How do you see your practice further evolving? Working on a lager scale as well as with different materials, such as designing a metal gate for a welder. I see my work moving into more of a commercial domain.
What else do you have coming up/any future collaborations? I have a pen pal project coming up with another artist. It’s like a word association game, we plan to send each other paper cuts based on the last one the other sent us. I also want to get a group of paper artists together to hold an exhibition.
A powerful woman hero? Definitely my mum, along with my female peers -women who are committed, work hard and haven’t compromised their creativity.
How did the Imagine Peace papercutting workshop weekend go? Really well -there were a lot more people than expected as well as a large young crowd. Children are incredibly creative and its great to have had such a big space to work in.
Any highlights? I’ve never had men in my workshops, so this was a first! The younger audience was also great as I’ve never thought papercutting would appeal to a young audience.
For more information on Poppy and her practice, check out her website here.
Text by Rupinder