2021/22 Edition of the Paper Fibre Art Biennial

The Association Chaîne de Papier is pleased to announce the upcoming 2021/22 Edition of the Paper Fibre Art Biennial event in the exhibition halls at the NTCRI Campus, in Nantou County, Taiwan. Paper & fibre artists from around the world are invited to propose new works for this exciting biennial project.
The programme includes two exhibitions and kozo workshops.

KOZO CONTEMPORARY PAPER MAKING WORKSHOP

NOVEMBER 2020

The National Taiwan Craft Research Institute are generously supporting the up and coming on line International Kozo Workshop with artist and educator AMY RICHARD.

This workshop is being offered to challenge and inspire students to translate their new skills into creative art works, which will be used to apply for the International Paper Fibre Art Biennial Exhibition Kozo Contemporary. (details below)

Congratulations to the selected artists:

Sandra Pierce (AU)

Heather Matthew (AU)

Kirsti Grotmol (N)

Gundel Hadeler (G)

Carolyn Mazzucca (USA)

Genevieve Lapp (USA)

Jennifer Galvin (USA)

Lin, Ching - Ya (TW)

Lai, Wen - Shu (TW)

Chen, Shih - Mei (TW)

Liao, Hsing – Ling (TW)

Jules Findley (UK)

This online course commences on the 1st November 2020 when Amy Richard will provide an engaging experience that will allow the students to learn the basic information and skills needed to make Japanese-style handmade paper using kozo fibre, also known as paper mulberry; scientific name: Broussonetia papyrifera. Because many of you (in Taiwan and elsewhere) have Paper mulberry trees readily available, we are teaching the entire process of identifying, harvesting and processing the fibre as well as the techniques that transform this beautiful fibre into paper — and finally — into creative artwork.

The processes and techniques Amy Richard will be teaching are heavily influenced by traditional Japanese style papermaking with a few contemporary adaptions.

“I’d like to acknowledge that this workshop may be challenging at times as we all adjust to teaching and learning art practices online that have been traditionally taught in person. I am determined to make this rather complicated process as easy and rewarding as possible, while also hoping we can be patient with ourselves and one another and approach this experience as a unique opportunity for personal and artistic growth.”

Amy Richard

The exhibitions in brief:

Exhibition I – Kozo Contemporary

Theme: Kozo contemporary “Reflecting the soul and the spirit of the maker

Works accepted: works made from handmade paper with kozo as the main medium.

 

Exhibition II - Change

Theme: “Change

Works accepted: works can be made using mixed media techniques. The main material should be natural or recycled fibres. Other natural materials can form part of the work, e.g. wood, clay, metal. Recycled man-made materials or fibres are also accepted.

Exhibition I – Kozo contemporary “Reflecting the soul and the spirit of the maker

By inviting you to work with kozo fibre from the Broussonetia papyrifera tree, we hope to inspire you to enter into a dialogue with ancient traditions, cultures, art and crafts, which will take you from the past to the present day and into the future.

“Papermaking was invented approximately 105 AD by a Chinese official named Cai Lun and introduced to Japan in 610 AD by Doncho, a Buddhist monk from Korea”.

“The Prince Regent Shotoku found Chinese paper too fragile and encouraged the use of kozo (mulberry) and hemp fibers, which were already cultivated for use in textiles. Papermaking techniques spread throughout the country and, under his patronage, the original process slowly evolved into the Nagashizuki method of making paper, using kozo and neri (a viscous formation aid that suspends fibers evenly in water). These skills have been passed down from generation to generation, producing a paper that was not only functional, but reflecting the soul and spirit of the maker.” ‘The close relationships between the papermaker and his paper and then paper to paper user resulted in washi becoming an integral part of Japanese culture. Traditionally, the making of washi was a seasonal process. Most papermakers were farmers who planted kozo and hemp in addition to their regular crops. The best washi was made during the cold winter months. This coincided with the season when the farmers could not work in their fields and the icy water was free of impurities, which if present could discolor the fibers.”

Yuki Katayama

 

Not only in Japan, where kozo fibres are used widely for washi, but also in Korea and China, it was traditional for each prefecture to develop its own style of production by master papermakers. In Korea, traditionally hanji paper is made with kozo for many different uses, including clothing. In China, kozo or mulberry paper is used for numerous different calligraphy papers with many regional variations, which differ according to tradition, as well as the individual master papermaker and the climatic conditions. Other important factors include water quality and atmospheric conditions, which influence plant growth and the unique qualities of the plant and fibre, all of which influence the quality of the paper. A master papermaker is fully aware of the importance of these factors, working as one with nature and with the fibre. By combining traditional papermaking techniques using kozo fibre with modern techniques and by applying their individual creativity, artists embark on a tremendous journey into the past and the future. Each artist leaves their mark, their spirit in each sheet of paper they create.

From bark cloth, the earliest known use of paper mulberry fibre, to the finest washi and hanji paper, we perpetuate the ancient tradition and add our own character to the paper of the future.

For this event, we welcome all techniques and forms of art provided that kozo is the main medium.

Jan Fairbairn Edwards

Exhibition II - Change

The global environmental situation is more critical than ever for man and nature. Scientists have been talking about the ecological dangers for years. Even children around the world and standing up to express their very real concerns about the future. The situation is urgent. The economic frenzy to produce and consume carries on for the benefit of a few and to the detriment of many. If the race continues to target short-term profits, the social impact, the threat to humanity itself and nature will be catastrophic. Profound and sustainable change requires social transformation. The status quo is untenable. As W. B. Yeats wrote a century ago, “Things fall apart. The centre cannot hold”.

The theme of the last edition of the Biennial Paper Fibre Art was Eco-sublime. With this new edition, we invite you to think about the urgent need for change if we are to avoid or at least mitigate ecological disaster.

Challenging the established order, proposing different ways of looking and being are often important features of artists’ work. Art can and must play a major role, encourage us to open our eyes and change our perception of things. Here, two artists from two continents are mentioned briefly, to provide food for thought. The Ghanaian artist, El Anatsui, works with recycled materials and objects that have passed through other people’s hands. The materials have a history and evoke the importance of connections. At the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, he made a sculpture out of wood called Erosion. The tall imposing sculpture bears inscriptions and symbols from his native Ghana and Nigeria. His decision to chainsaw the work, which left deep cuts, scattered pieces of wood at the base, destroyed the symbols of an ancient language, mirrors the deforestation in Brazil. Thus, he shows the violence of environmental destruction and the erosion of traditional cultures and languages. His monumental “tapestries” are made from bottle tops sown together with copper wire. They evoke the links between Europe, Africa and the United States with commercial trade in alcohol, sugar and slaves. They also represent the walls that are built in order to exclude some people, while they protect others. The tapestries vibrate and shimmer with the colours, diversity and ingeniousness that are specific to Africa. El Anatsui explains that art is a replica of life. As life is not fixed, but changing, he wants his works to be flexible and changing too, to have the capacity to adapt.

The American artist, Chris Jordan, decries mass consumption and the waste that it generates. He photographs waste and makes art works from it, inviting each of us to reflect on our own behaviour. As he shows, we all have a share of responsibility. He is interested in numbers, statistics, which often go beyond our comprehension. For example, the work Whale is composed of images of 50 000 plastic bags, the equivalent number of pieces of plastic floating on every square mile of the world’s oceans. Thus, he transforms data into art, showing how things are linked: the carbon footprint 1 000 miles from where we make our purchases, the social impact 10 000 miles from where we live that was caused by our consumer choices. He photographed young birds that died after ingesting plastic. These images were a precursor to his film Albatross (https://www.albatrossthefilm.com/). The film was screened on World Oceans Day in 2018. It is a hymn to the beauty of this mythical bird. By presenting a man-made tragedy caused by plastic waste, it is also an urgent call for change.

We invite international artists working with paper fibres to create new works of art that challenge the status quo and reflect on the urgent need to act and trigger “change”.

Isis Olivier

Eligible works:

All types and sizes of art work created since 30th December 2019 that address the themes will be considered: installations, hanging work (from wall or ceiling), freestanding sculpture, tableaux, artists books, video and sound installations, as well as performance art. Work presented in a triptych is encouraged. Workshops and conference proposals are also welcome.

 

TIME LINE

Artists’ call – September 2020

Closing date for entries - 30th April 2021

Notification of selected artists – May 2021

Dates for sending work – selected artists will be notified of dates

Exhibition opening – November 2021

Exhibition closing date - 11th April 2022

For more information and application form :

info@biennialartpaperfibre.com


October 6th 2017 - March 9th 2018

Craft Design Hall, National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute

573, Zhongzheng Rd, Caotun Township 54246, Nantou County, Taiwan

Opening Hours : 09:00 - 17:00

(Monday closed, except for National Holidays)

The 46 artists selected for the Biennial 2017/18 in the NTCRI, Taiwan

ALEXANDER - USA

ÅSBERG - SWEDEN

BABCOCK - USA

BEURRET - SWITZERLAND

BRENDGENS - GERMANY

BORNEMISZA - HUNGARY

CHEN SHU-YEN - TAIWAN

CHEN YING-TING - TAIWAN

COLAUTTI IVANOVA - FRANCE

DAMGAARD - NORWAY

FLOREZ - AUSTRALIA

GRIFFITH - UK

GROTMOL - NORWAY

HÄDELER - GERMANY

HAREMSKA - NORWAY

HOPPENBERG - GERMANY

HSIN JUNG-HSIEH - TAIWAN

JAKUBCZYK - IRELAND

JIUN NO - GERMANY

KANG - USA

KANG YA-CHU - TAIWAN

LOBLEY - UK

LU CHIA-PING - TAIWAN

 

 

LU SHU-CHIUNG - TAIWAN

MADSEN PERNOT - FRANCE

MATTHEWS - AUSTRALIA

MAZZUCCA - USA

Mc GOWEN - IRELAND

MEIER - SWITZERLAND

MYDLAK - POLAND

NELSON - IRELAND

OLIVIER - FRANCE

PARK - USA

PEPELNAK - SLOVENIA

PILOU GLINZ - SWITZERLAND

ROZENBLAT - FRANCE

SCHRAMM - AUSTRIA

STAHL - GERMANY

SZRAM - UK

THOMAS - HOLLAND

TOMCHUK - USA

TURLEY - IRELAND

WAKISAKA - JAPAN

WENG Li-WA - TAIWAN

WU WEI-WEN - TAIWAN

YANG WEI–LIN - TAIWAN

 

 

PAT ALEXANDER

 

INVITED ARTISTS

 

HEATHER MATTHEW

 

 

 

ASHLEY GRIFFITH

THE JURY

 

PROFESSOR Dr THERESE HOFMANN - UNIVERSITY OF BRASILIA, BRAZIL

JAN FAIRBAIRN-EDWARDS BA PGC - Presidente Association CHAÎNE DE PAPIER, FRANCE

 

For the NTCRI, TAIWAN

HUANG, SHU-CHEN - Associate researcher at the NTCRI

WU, PEI-SHAN - Assistant professor Department of Fashion Imaging, MingDao University

With thanks for the support of the NTCRI, Paperweight and IAPMA

Biennial 2017

The Association Chaîne de Papier is pleased to have been invited to present the 2017/18 Edition of the Paper Fibre Art Biennial event in the large CRAFT DESIGN HALLS of the NTCRI Campus Nantou County  Taiwan.

Paper & Fibre artists from around the world are invited to propose new works for this exciting Landmark Biennial Project. An environmentally friendly eco sustainable event using natural or recycled materials.

The first exhibition: natural handmade paper or recycled paper;

 The second natural fibre or manmade recycled fibre;

 

 

 

THEME - ECO SUBLIME

 

“At the Copenhagen Summit 2009 it was expressed that the

cultural sector will most effectively lead change in humanity’s

behaviour to a more sustainable future through changes in

production and consumption, as catalysts for introducing new

ideas and concepts for a sustainable future.”

As fibre and paper artists, we have the opportunity to connect intimately with the universe each time we choose fibres or plants to communicate our ideas. We are in the unique position among artists to convey, to educate, and to communicate important issues of today and to propose possible solutions, regarding the threat to our planet our eco systems and our own existence. This threat produced by our modern way of living, a threat that it is almost, but not too late to reverse, yet positive change is still possible.

 

APPEL À PROJET POUR LES ARTISTES TRAVAILLANT AVEC LE PAPIER & LES FIBRES

L’Association Chaîne de Papier a le plaisir d’annoncer l’Edition 2017/18 de la Biennale Art Fibre Papier. Le NTCRI (Institut national de la recherche et le développement de l’artisanat de Taiwan) accueillera l’événement dans ses CRAFT DESIGN HALLS, vastes locaux au Campus Nantou County, Taiwan.

 

Les artistes travaillant avec le papier et les fibres du monde entier sont invités à proposer des oeuvres nouvelles pour cette biennale, événement écologique phare dédié aux matériaux naturels ou recyclés. L’exposition est composée de trois volets :

- le premier volet présente des oeuvres fabriquées à partir de papier artisanal ou de papier recyclé

- le deuxième volet présente des oeuvres fabriquées à partir de fibres naturelles ou de fibres artificielles recyclées

 

 

THÈME - ÉCO SUBLIME

"Lors du Sommet de Copenhague en 2009, il a été mis en avant qu’en tant que catalyseur d’innovations, d’idées et de concepts nouveaux pour un avenir durable, le secteur de la culture sera à même d’induire un changement efficace au niveau du comportement de l’humanité vers un avenir plus durable, grâce aux changements de production et de consommation."

En tant qu’artistes travaillant avec du papier et des fibres, nous avons l’occasion de nous connecter intimement avec l’univers à chaque choix de fibres ou de plantes afin de prolonger nos idées. Parmi les artistes, notre place est unique pour transmettre, enseigner et communiquer autour des enjeux liés à l’environnement. Notre rôle est de proposer des solutions éventuelles pour réduire les menaces sur notre planète, nos écosystèmes, voire notre existence. Les dégâts semblent irréversibles, mais une évolution positive reste possible.

 

The Biennial in Taipei

THE CURRENT EVENT IN THE BIENNIAL TOUR

January 9th – March 20th 2016

generously hosted by

 

THE MUSEUM OF WORLD RELIGIONS

TAIPEI

TAIWAN

WITH INVITED ARTIST ELISABETH BEURRET –

“ARBRE d’ EMONDE – LE BROU”

And additional work by Elisabeth Gerony

“ FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR”

Jan Fairbairn-Edwards will also be exhibiting

“FAMILY GEOLOGY”

 

THANKS TO A COLLABORATION BETWEEN -

Association Chaîne de Papier

Chiaping Lu (Taiwan)

MWR.

Buddhist gong ceremony

at the opening of the exhibition.

Welcome from the venerable nun

from the Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society

Presentation of "Le Box" collection

to the director of the Museum of World Religions

 

Chiaping Lu,

curator of the exhibition in Taipei.

UPDATE

The next event of the touring Biennial 2015

12th - 27th September 2015

in the village of Lasalle, 30460 Gard, France

 

La filature du pont de fer

Galerie le petit temple

La médiathèque

UPDATE

ANNOUNCING the final day’s events of the

Biennale Internationale des Arts des Fibres et du Papier

HAND PAPERMAKING EVENT – Saturday 30th May 2015

10.00am – 1.00pm

Experiments with KOZO Fibres

with Japanese Washi artist & paper maker

ELAINE COOPER

 

2.00pm – 5.00pm

HAND PAPERMAKING FORUM

with guest artist papermakers

SUSAN CUTTS, PETER FORD and ELAINE COOPER

For more information click here

 

BIENNIAL 2015 at the New Brewery Arts Centre,

Cirencester, UK

 

The opening of the exhibition on March 28th

BIENNIAL 2015

 

New Brewery Arts Centre,

Brewery Court, Cirencester, GL7 1JH, UK.
newbreweryarts.org.uk
28th March - 30th May 2015

Pop-up Gallery
28th March - 11th April 2015

 

September 2015 -  Filature, Petit Temple & Médiathèque, Lasalle, Gard, France

October 2015 – March 2016 -  Taiwan

April – May 2016 -  Villa Dutoit, Geneva, Switzerland

We shall also be printing the  

Biennial 2015 WATER – FIBRE - PAPER  Catalogue

with a page for each artist participant.

For sale for an  “avant tirage” price of 10€  plus postage.

From the 28th March the price will be £15 sterling

Please email  -  chainedepapier@wanadoo.fr  -  to reserve your copies.

Reserved copies can be collected from one of the exhibition venues or sent by post.

October Biennial Update

 UPDATE BIENNIAL 2015

ARTISTS SELECTED FOR THE 2015 Edition BIENNIAL :

EXHIBITION “WATER - FIBRE – PAPER” –  METAMORPHOSE

 

Artist Invited POLLOK Charmian

AKKER

ART & NATURE

AUGUSTINUS

ANDERS

BEAUDUN

BEHAR

BERNARD

BORNEMISZA

COLAUTTI-IVANOVA

DARDEL

GERONY

GINSBERG

HÄDELER

HARPER

INGRAM ALLEN

JIUN NO

JOHANNESSON

JOURDAN

KANG

KIRIMURA

KORECK

LEHMANN- SCHULTZ

LOOMIS

LU

MARTIN

MEIER

MILLON

NASH

NICOT

OLIVIER

PARSONS

PELINDE RIAN

ROZENBLAT

STUDER

THOMAS

TODOROVA

TOMCHUK

VILSBØLL

WATERHOUSE

EXHIBITION LIVRE D'ARTISTE & PAPIER (non themed)

ART & NATURE

AUGUSTINUS

BAAKE

BELTRAMI

BRINGER

COX

DARDEL

DUTKA

GLINZ

GROTMOL

GUSTAFSSON

GUTTERIDGE

HOFMANN

JOURDAN

KASHI

KIRIMURA

LEE

MEIER

PASCOE

PAUCHET

RAMOS

SUESS

SWEENEY

TAMMI

TSCHACHER

WILCKE

WOSIKA

ZINSSER

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