Paper Artistry

Posted at 2:04 pm on 25th April, 2019

Over the Easter break a group of our year 11 GCSE Design Technology students completed a component of their coursework with professional paper and stitch artist Jennifer Collier, at Unit12 - her Stafford gallery space.

Our students completed a paper garment-making workshop taught by Jennifer within her inspiring, creative environment. They explored a range of Jennifer’s techniques, and applied them to create their own paper garment in the style of her work. They also had the opportunity to talk and collect research material from five other well-known artists who share studio spaces at the gallery. The range of techniques on display included screen printing, line drawing, jewellery design, mixed media textiles and glass fusion.

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Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage recycled materials. Old newspapers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms. Through this marriage of unlikely materials, old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and complex.

Most recently, Jennifer has been collecting rarely used, heritage stitches and discovering how to translate the art of lost stitches onto paper, as these techniques are an important part of our creative heritage and she wants to continue to invest time in them to keep them in the present, offering them onto future generations. Jennifer gives new life to things that would otherwise go unused, unloved or be thrown away.

Jennifer completed a BA (hons) in Textiles (Print, Knit and Weave) in 1999 at Manchester Metropolitan University, is internationally exhibited, and has had her work featured in over 60 magazines and over 15 books to date. Examples of Jennifer’s work:

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Design and Technology teacher Miss Bate commented: ‘Our students gained valuable experience seeing Jennifer’s work up close and personal, rather than just in pictures, including work in progress and previously unseen works. They were able to tap into her and her colleague’s wealth of knowledge, whilst also experimenting with their own designs and creative processes.’

Demi Rostron commented: ‘The gallery environment was fantastic for creative inspiration. Jennifer was very informative and assisted me with expressing myself within my work.’

Holly Roberts said: ‘I was highly influenced and inspired by the gallery environment; being amongst Jennifer’s work perpetuated creativity from within ourselves.’

Unit12 tweeted: ‘Just beautiful garments made in workshops run by Jennifer Collier with students from Flixton Girls School.’

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