Sunday, January 18, 2015

Paper Dolls: An Exhibition by Katy DeMent and Guest Artist Sylvia Kay

Paper Dolls: Handmade Paper Clothing & Unique Silver Jewelry
Katy DeMent & Guest Artist Sylvia Kay

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 14, 5-8 pm till 2/28 by appointment 

Decatur, GA – Sycamore Place Gallery is proud to present “Paper Dolls: Handmade paper clothing & unique silver jewelry” featuring the work of paper maker Katy DeMent. 

Katy DeMent is a fiber artist based with a focus on handmade papers for over 30 years. She grew up in North Carolina under a sewing machine, surrounded by quilting great grandmothers, gardening great aunts, and mom. When mom went back to work she lost her personal seamstress.
That is when she began altering her family’s vintage clothes, raiding closets for vintage materials. Influenced by her longtime relationship with fabrics and fibers, stitchery, is always cropping up as decorative and functional element in this body of work.  Over the years DeMent's handmade paper artworks have shifted from images of un-wearable handmade paper,  clotheslines and vintage clothing cast in to papers-  to wearable paper fantasies and curious little paper covered  articulated  sculptures all of which will be on display for both, amusement and purchase.

Also an active teaching artist, DeMent has presented residencies through Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, ArtsPath, Gateway to the Arts, Young Audiences of New York, and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. Her work is found in galleries and museums worldwide and has been featured on HGTV’s “Crafters Coast to Coast”.

Special guest and jewelry maker Sylvia Kay will have her jewelry work on display and for sale during the opening reception. 

Sylvia Kay’s approach to jewelry making is based on simplicity and beauty. She creates wearable organic silver jewelry. She uses contemporary and minimalist aesthetics to create wearable art that is a strong statement with both, everyday wardrobe as well as on special occasions. She finds her inspiration in the organic flow and in the purity of nature. Her work is hand fabricated using sterling and fine silver, semi-precious gemstones, copper, brass and other materials. Creating every piece from sheet and wire, she uses traditional silversmithing techniques to form each piece, enjoying the challenge of hand fabrication of unique pieces. 

The Artist’s Reception on February 14th will be complemented with a “make your own darn valentine” station (because who loves and knows you better?) and an array of chocolate delights.

The exhibit will be supported with two age-appropriate workshops at Sycamore Place Gallery:

3 Day Paper Dolls Camp, Feb, 17-19, 2015
Students age 5-15 will work with papermaking artist Katy DeMent to create life-size articulated ephemeral puppets and handmade paper collage. Student works may be influenced by sculptor Marisol* as well as DeMent’s handmade paper works that will be on display concurrently. 

Times: February 17, 18 & 19, 9 am -12 pm
Cost: All three days or any 2 days $75. One single fun day $45 per child (Add extended lunch at Felini’s, $15.00 per family) 

More Upcoming Classes with Katy DeMent

Phipps Conservatory, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Papermaking from Plants | Katy DeMent
Tuesday, May 12, 19, 26 | 7 – 9 p.m. (Register by ?)
$60 members | $90 nonmembers | Material fee: $30
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Students in this three-week course will learn about both traditional and modern papermaking techniques, color, texture, surface design and composition as they create their own recycled paper out of plant fibers, such as Japanese knotweed, that they will collect themselves. Participants will also explore the process of producing pulp from both dry and green fibers; learn how to use pressed and dried leaves and flowers as embellishments; discover how to make seeded papers; and experiment with various methods like dyeing, printing and pulp painting using fiber reactive dyes and natural pigments to enhance surface designs. Dry sheets will be hand-bound into sample/recipe books.

Papermaking: Handmade Paper Collage Fan | Katy DeMent
Saturday May 16 | 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
$30 members | $50 nonmembers Material fee: $5 
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Participants in this class will hand-craft pieces of paper using cotton, banana and other plants collected at Phipps and then illustrate them with pressed and dried flowers, ferns and fibers to create “wet on wet” collages inspired by botanicals.

Crafts and Drafts: "V" is for Valentine with Katy Dement
Date: 2/6/2015From: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Use your own handmade paper as you create "wet on wet" collages. These can include memories from home, vintage ephemera, sparkle, and love! These creations make great Valentine''s Day gifts or cards.

Tuition for this workshop is $35 and that includes materials and two complimentary beverages!
Cancellations & Refunds:
Workshop cancellations are decided three business days before the start date. If workshop must be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class fee will be refunded by check, to your credit card or SCC account for future workshops.

Refund Policy: Student refund requests must be made at least three business days before a class begins. There will be a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given without three business days notice. Processing of refunds takes approximately three weeks.

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