New exhibition celebrates fashionable papercutting

Artist Rosie Scott-Massie outside Masham Gallery. (S)
Artist Rosie Scott-Massie outside Masham Gallery. (S)

A very ordinary material is being used to create an extraordinary event this spring, as Masham Gallery opens its Paperworks exhibition.

Paperworks, which opens later this month, explores the work of eight artists from around the country who use paper as the main material in their work.

“Papercutting has existed for hundreds of years, but very recently has become incredibly popular and fashionable,” exhibition curator and artist Rosie Scott-Massie, originally from Masham, told the Gazette. “You will find papercut designs on mugs, clothes and cards thanks to amazing designers like Rob Ryan, but type ‘paper art’ into the internet and you will see the just how much you can do with the material.”

In addition to Rosie, other artists contributing to Paperworks include Kate Slater, an illustrator whose designs can be found on the covers of many children’s books, and Helen Musselwhite, whose work has been used in international advertising campaigns for Audi and Nokia.

l Paperworks runs from May 18 until June 28. Visit www.mashamgallery.com