Staacks: Patterns in Nature – Laura Weston and Pam Pauling
Exhibition runs from Monday 2 November – Saturday 28 November 2015
Open Evening – Wednesday 4 November from 19.30 – 21.30 – all welcome!
Patterns in Nature – Laura Weston and Pam Pauling
Laura Weston is a designer of limited edition prints and applied art inspired by local nature, form and pattern. She creates block, intaglio, relief and hybrid prints working from home and at print workshops including Bluecoat Print Studio.
Laura studied fine art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic between1984 and 1987 & embarked on a career as an Animator and Lecturer.
She continues to lecture at the faculty of Art and Creative Technologies at Staffordshire University. In 2009 she resumed drawing and painting and now exhibits her prints and artworks in galleries throughout the UK.
In August 2015 her first illustrated picture book “The Butterfly Garden” was published by Big Picture Press. Signed Copies of the book will be available during “Patterns in Nature” at Staacks Gallery West Kirby.
Pam creates colourful pieces of work using an eclectic mix of materials including fabrics, vintage maps, postcards and other recycled items that people may ordinarily throw away. Whether she is creating a piece of artwork or recycled brooch, every little scrap or corner of postage stamp, fabric, ribbon or paper is kept for a project, nothing is wasted.
Once selected, each piece is carefully and painstakingly positioned to create intricate and delicate artworks. Pam’s work is characterised by small bursts of bright colours, clean lines and crisp neutral backgrounds. My love of repetition, order and symmetry is highlighted in her signature Travelling Butterfly pieces where every butterfly and piece of raw silk is hand cut.
These pieces, which at first glance, appear to the viewer as one single piece per butterfly, are actually made up of hundreds of different postage stamps.
In this latest exhibition: Patterns In Nature, Pam explores the use of handmade textured papers embedded with leaves and petals and experiments with East African wax fabrics, the patterns of which are reminiscent of the striking colours found on tropical butterflies.