Life-sized fig­ures top of the pops

The Northern Advocate - - Local News - Lindy Laird

The weather didn’t shine ev­ery day for the pop-up out­door air­ings of the Unique Me ex­hi­bi­tion by the artists from The Pa­per­mill.

That meant a cou­ple of in­door show­ings of the ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the artists’ in­di­vid­ual unique­ness.

Top of the pops at the pop-up show at var­i­ous cen­tral Whanga¯rei lo­ca­tions were life-sized, cut-out char­ac­ters ex­plor­ing the pa­per­mak­ers’ own per­son­al­i­ties, as well as fan­tasy char­ac­ters.

They had planned the ex­hi­bi­tion at the be­gin­ning of the year, and more re­cently cut the fig­ures out and dec­o­rated them with their own hand­made pa­per.

Four­teen fig­ures were on dis­play, each one as unique as the hand­made pa­per and the per­son who cre­ated it, Paula Lang from the Blue Goose Pa­per­mill Char­i­ta­ble Trust said.

“It was re­ceived re­ally well, es­pe­cially ear­lier in the week down at the Town Basin where there were a lot of peo­ple out and about,” Lang said.

“Chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar en­joyed it and en­gaged with the artists.”

Vis­i­tors were able to meet the artists, talk about how their works were cre­ated and have their pho­tos taken with their favourite char­ac­ters.

PHOTO / TA­NIA WHYTE

Show­ing how much per­son­al­ity you can put into pa­per peo­ple are paper­maker Steve Bla­grove and art tu­tor Ayla-Jane Ogle.

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