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Sat Jul 26 2014

TV star 'Artist in Residence'

Categories: School News

Upper Two girls had a thoroughly exciting and very ‘girly’ day with their visiting ‘Artist in Residence’, Phiona Richards – who describes herself as a paper artist and book sculptor.

Phiona Richards creates interactive book sculptures and intriguing jewellery using traditional needlework techniques.

"Having been brought up with a ‘make do and mend’ mentality I tend to collect and gather materials including books near the end of their existence and regenerate them into pleasing tactile structures using a variety of needlework techniques. Although they appear to be fragile and delicate they are quite robust and interaction becomes a therapeutic experience on many sensory levels."

Phiona was recently seen in ‘Kirstie's Handmade Britain’ on Channel Four teaching Kirstie to make a paper rose ring.

The U2 girls spent the morning learning several different paper techniques including making paper rosettes, paper roses and paper ‘Suffolk Puffs’. In the afternoon they chose their favourite technique with the additions of ribbons, feathers, buttons and ‘gems’ to create a fascinator and a matching brooch.