PAPER: Journey through a new medium

This is the 3rd joint event for Caroline Lumb & Hillary Taylor, who began their paper project in the Autumn of 2013 and have been independently and collectively researching paper - from its first appearance to the materials we see today.

Paper is both the theme and title for this collection that ranges from framed and unframed 2-D mixed media panels to individual 3-D fabrications.

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Caroline Lumb
Hillary Taylor
Caroline Lumb
Hillary Taylor
Caroline Lumb
Hillary Taylor



Their research has taken them on a wide-ranging journey through London and local exhibitions, history and technique research, the Parkes Collection (antique Japanese papers) to an exploration of Hertfordshire paper mills and their importance in establishing paper in the UK.  Despite widely different backgrounds, common threads make for a good working relationship between the two as they experimented with techniques, materials and outcomes.  

The way paper has transformed the world as well as extreme contrasts between utility yet invisibility, permanence and transience, have all informed new bodies of exhibition materials. Physical yet emotional importance in the paper, its forms, usage or the message it conveys have been pivotal in their work.  Paper appears throughout the exhibition, whether it is embedded in oil- or acrylic-painted panels, crafted into re-worked books, extracted from newspapers to form woven panels or image backgrounds, or perhaps just used as a creative building block in its own right.

Caroline Lumb often works with hand dyed-papers and textiles, additionally melding them with oil paintings. In addition, for this exhibition she has been using a range of papers, including reclaimed books and paper ephemera.  “Paper has taken me on a fabulous journey from its very first appearance, through becoming an essential building block of our world, to the almost throw-away item we take for granted today. It is at the heart of our world, at so many levels.  I have so enjoyed developing this topic, and in particular creating the re-worked books and delicate hangings that visitors will see at Trestle.”

Language, alongside Japanese papers and art forms were the starting point for Hillary Taylor’s Paper journey.  “I became very involved in exploring the emotions and transient effects of paper, whether it’s the physical object, the way it is used, language or the meaning that people attach to a memory.  But it became so complex that I decided to focus in particular on weaving, newsprint and calligraphy. Things that are often made to be thrown away and forgotten became my tapestry materials.“