In the spring of 2021 I ran a number of papercutting workshops on Zoom, in preparation for painting ‘the Age Friendly Cat’. Wonderful Kilkenny-themed work was made by workshop participants Eimear Burke, Mary Colclough, Bryan Culley, Janice Culley, Joan Fogarty and Mari O’Shea. As a memento, I designed an A3 poster that includes most of the papercuts made by them, showing much more of their detail than the cat does. High quality digital prints by Modern Printers. The Kilkenny Catwalk trail of 21 sculptures continues until Easter 2022. ‘The Age Friendly Cat’ can still be found in McDonagh Junction’s square. Visit www.kilkennycatwalk.ie to find out more.
Today is the last day of Traveller Pride Week 2021. On Tuesday Hannah McCormick and I facilitated papercutting workshops in after school clubs in O’Loughlin Court and Millennium Court in Kilkenny. I designed an A3 poster based on the work made by the children and on Friday they all received a printed copy.
After months of planning, it was such a pleasure to spend last week in the handball alley in Listowel, Co. Kerry. I mentored local artists Eimear O’Connor, Erin Halpin and Michelle Quinn in working on a mural. The designs are based on small scale papercuts that were enlarged to create a colourful work of public art inspired by Junior Griffin’s poem “Memories of the Ball Alley in Listowel” and the people, sporting life and cultural traditions of Listowel and North Kerry. I am looking forward to the launch of the mural and to showing some of my own recent paintings in St. John’s Theatre and Arts Centre on Saturday. Big thanks to Aideen Wylde, curator in residence Maire Logue of St. John’s Theatre and Arts Centre and to Listowel Tidy Towns.
The National Design & Craft Gallery is open again and I am very happy to have three papercut works in Curious Treasures 2.
Ask the Artists with exhibiting artists Laura Angell, Fiona Mulholland and Paul Bokslag, Wednesday 29 May at 6pm, facilitated by Joanne Laws, critical writer and editor. Papercutting Workshop with Paul Bokslag, Wednesday 29 May 3-5pm, as part of Other Dimensions, Luan Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Exhibtion continuous until 9 June 2019.
I am looking forward to showing new work alongside Laura Angell and Fiona Mullholland at Other Dimensions, an exhibition showcasing abstract sculptural work in a range of media in the beautiful Luan Gallery in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The exhibition will be opened by Joanne Laws, critical writer and editor on Friday 12 April at 18:00 and continues until Sunday 9 June 2019. Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 17:00 and Sunday 12:00 – 17:00.
I am grateful for the opportunity to spend a week in Cill Rialaig, the artist retreat in Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, to make new work for an upcoming exhibition.
I am looking forward to talking about my work which is currently on show at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny this Thursday 18 October at 18.30
Free Late Date Event: Meet The Makers
Join artist and designer Paul Bokslag with fellow exhibitor Marius Watz for our late date evening this Thursday. Paul will discuss his inspiration and processes involved in creating his Revolve paper installation. Marius will discuss his site-specific wall drawings and how he uses visual abstraction through generative software. This event is part of our .OBJ exhibition education and outreach programme at the National Design and Craft Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Nora O’Murchu.
In March I received an email from Edo Smitshuijzen who proposed to include some of my typefaces in his publication on Mashrabiya Fonts. I was delighted to receive a copy of the beautifully produced book in the post today, generously highlighting eight of my fonts and even 3D vase renderings of a papercut.
Mashrabiyas are an iconic element of Arabic architecture. Providing shade, air circulation and privacy, all at the same time. This book showcases a number of font designs that can be used to produce Mashrabiya screens, including some possible applications. It aims to fill in a peculiar gap and thus enrich the Arabic visual culture with this new category of fonts.
The 216-page full colour paperback can be ordered through Khatt Books, publishers on design and visual culture of the Middle East and North Africa.
A big thank you to Anne from Butterslip on the corner of Rose Inn Street and Kieran Street, for asking me to show some of my paperuts in her shop during Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018.