Collective Exhibition at Lllantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran, Wales
From 12th November 2022 to 21st January 2023
I’ll be part of the collective exhibition at @llantarnam_grange in Cwmbran. My latest artworks, a large paper-cut piece and an installation piece of paper and natural materials. (Details will be posted later) I am very thankful to the Llantarnam Grange team for having included me and let me do an experimental work.
My two artworks will be displayed along with the other artists, who have been practising Japanese aesthetics and craftsmanship in their art.
This time, I created a large paper-cutting piece and an experimental installation piece which links to the paper cut piece. The materials are all natural, sustainable and biodegradable, no plastic or metal. Paper I used for paper-cut collage is Japanese washi paper (background) and British paper (black). I used various types of Japanese washi paper and vines and branches mainly form my garden and beech woods.
Criw Celf Programme organised by Llantarnam Grange in Cwmbran (April 2022)
I have done many art & craft workshops, but It was the ever first time to me to run a workshop, in which I introduced my art practice, paper-cut art.
The workshops of this project offer young people who are enthusiastic about art.
At first, I had feared letting people using sharp cutting knives until I was asked to do workshops as part of Criw Celf Programme at Llantarnam Grange.
However, I didn’t have to worry about it at all. They were all not only enthusiastic but also sensible.
Here is the summary of the workshops.
There were two different types of workshops, responsive to the pupils age groups (primary: Year 5&6, secondary: Year 7-9).
The theme for both groups was ‘Wildlife Surrounding Us & Paper Art’, which is my theme for my artwork. I wanted them to connect to the nature, which we could easily find everywhere around us.
I brought books and posters for reference as well as real wild plants from my garden. I wanted the pupils to see directly and touch the real plants. I prepared natural materials (no plastic), such as pruned hazel branches from my garden.
The primary groups (Yr5&6): 3D Paper Sculpture
were given an opportunity to use various kind of paper, from recycled paper to fine Japanese washi paper, thick & thin, rough & smooth, and in various colours. Also, I showed various techniques of using paper such as cutting (of course), ripping, twisting etc. They created a 3D sculpture by using paper and natural materials.
The secondary groups: Papercutting
have tried cutting paper with a cutting knife. To finish, each papercut piece was put in a mountboard frame.
All pupils were so enthusiastic and creative. They researched on wild plants and animals and interpreted their inspiration into wonderful unique artwork. (See the pictures of some of them)
Two hours for each session flew by very fast. They concentrated on creating their own artwork, even didn’t need any break, which surprised me.
I had fantastic two weekends with fantastic talented young people. In the end I would like to thank Louise, the senior education officer, and Beckie, education assistant of Llantarnam Grange. They supported and encouraged me from the beginning to the end. I cannot thank them enough. Also, I would like to thank Bob Gelsthorpe, who suggested me for Crif Celf Programme at Llantarnam Grange!
The second Ichi Artisan Winter Market will be held on Saturday 17th November 2018, which I have been organised with my talented artist friend, Yuki. It will be a more exciting craft fair with more excellent artisan craft makers and artists. Besides, we have contacted Pontcanna Market , near by our venue, St. Catherine’s Church Hall, and they and we have been supporting each other. Please come along to visit us as well as Pontcanna Market on the day.
I’ve been busy with preparing for the forthcoming Christmas fairs. I will update other fairs coming up.
Ichi Artisan Market was founded to become one of the best places to introduce the work of local artists and craft makers in Wales. After the very successful debut last year, we will hold our second winter market with more stalls and more varieties!
Ichi Artisan Winter Market 2018
Saturday 17th November 2018
10:30am – 4:30pm
St. Catherine’s Church Hall,
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I will take part in the forthcoming ‘Penarth Open Studio Trail’ on Saturday 23rd June 2018, between 10am and 4pm at Ffoto Gallery (Turner House Gallery) in Penarth (See the map below to find the venue).
Local artists and craft makers in Penarth will have open studios between 22nd and 24th June. Please be aware that it will NOT be in my studio as my house is not close enough to the town centre. Therefore, I was given a very kind opportunity to do in a hall at Turner House in the town centre together with other artists, who are also unable to invite audiences to their studios.
I will have a stall to display my work and demonstrate how I create my papercut work. I never have done demonstration outside my studio before. It might be quite interesting!
Turner House Gallery: Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DH
‘Nature’s Precious Project: A Story of the Green Kingdom’ has finished with a great success today after 4 weeks.
A huge thank you everyone! During the exhibition for 4 weeks, a lot of people came to visit.
I’d like to send a special thank you to my great artist friend, Junko, who suggested the idea of this exhibition and helped me physically and mentally from the beginning to the end. I’d also like to express my gratitude to Mrs&Mr Sudou of Pain Au Sourire and all members of staff!
Junko organised a collage workshop, themed the nature by using small items from Wales to make lovely collage frames. I joined the workshop with other participants, which was a great fun.
Solo Exhibition in May 1st-26th 2018, Tokyo: ‘Nature’s Precious Project’
My solo exhibition will be held in Shibuya, Tokyo, from 1st until 26th May 2018. The exhibition title is ‘Nature’s Precious Project’. Screen prints, laser-cut as well as original paper-cut artwork will be shown.
Nature’s Precious Project: Mari Wirth Solo Exhibition
from 1st to 26th May 2018 (8am-8pm, between Tuesday-Saturday)
at Pain au Sourire Gallery Space (Ground Floor, New-Aoyama Building, 1-4-6 Shibuya, Sibuya-Ku, Tokyo, #150-0002)