patterns of influence
may 20 - july 1, 2021
artist talk to be announced
Rachael Ashe presents a new series of cut paper art, installation and sculpture inspired by a maximalist’s love of surface design. This exhibition of intricate work was created through hands-on cutting and carving of paper, exploring pattern design and the concept of “slow work”. Slow work means creating mindfully and savoring the process while allowing it to take as much time as needed.
The exhibition demonstrates a new direction in Ashe’s paper art, elevating the complexity of her design elements. Inspiration is drawn from everyday life — clothing, interior design, and architecture — which are combined with patterns spontaneously generated during the process of cutting.
Central to the show is a modular installation of thirty-six individual hand-cut pieces created over five years, featuring Japanese and Islamic patterns, arranged as three-dimensional tiles. The exhibition also features limited edition hand-cut screen-prints in collaboration with The Hive Printing.
Rachael Ashe (Vancouver, BC) is a graduate of the Creative Photography program at Humber Collage, and is self-taught in papercraft. She creates hand-cut artwork and installation from paper inspired by visual patterns found in nature, and influenced by textile design and production. She is attracted to techniques that involve repetitive action as a form of meditation and devotional labour. Rachael credits her former position as a photographer at the Textile Museum of Canada, and extensive exposure to handcrafted textiles there, as a major influence on her work with paper to this day. In 2017, she was the CCBC nominee for the Mayor’s Arts Award in the category of Craft and Design. She has exhibited across Canada, the US, and the UK. She has been published in Uppercase Magazine, Design Genius, and Paper Play. Rachael lives and works in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.