October brings Craft Month back to Farnham and sees the town host a celebration of all things craft. To coincide, the Riverside Café Gallery has welcomed papercut artist Klara Smith with her exciting exhibition Shadowmaking, a beautiful collection of paper illustrations which play with light and the shadows created to tell their story. Klara’s exhibition is now on display and has been chosen to showcase one aspect of craft alongside many others at our Festival of Craft at the end of October. We spoke to Klara to find out a bit more about her work.
What are you working on at the moment and where do you find ideas for your work?
After this exhibition I’ll start working on illustrating and designing a poetry book, I’m looking forward to it though it is a bit daunting. And the ideas? Sometimes they just turn up on their own, sometimes they arrive during the designing process, sometimes random associations throw them in my way.
What medium do you use in your practice and why?
I do mostly papercuts but not exclusively. I love printmaking as well as using my tablet. I have loads and loads of different art materials. Some of them still unused . . .
What motivates you to make work, who do you believe has influenced your career and inspired you to start?
I love the zen-like feeling while drawing or designing. I don’t understand the concept of boredom, there’s always an opportunity to create something worthwhile. I must thank my Grandfather, a skilled draftsman himself for the seeds of creativity and desire for knowledge.
If you could name one, what is your favourite piece of work you have created, and why?
I believe that is only to come. I hope!
If you can name one, what is your proudest achievement?
Collaborating with such excellent musicians like David Le Page!
What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
Muji pencil and rubber. Best rubber EVER!
Where is your favourite place to see art?
Where I wouldn’t have expected it.
Shadowmaking runs in the Riverside Café Gallery from 12th October – 7th November 2019 and is accessible during the café’s opening hours.
Why not see Klara’s exhibition during a visit to the Maltings’ annual craft show, Festival of Crafts. Taking place on Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October, the building will host over 80 of the UK’s leading makers with craft to buy, as well as a programme of demonstrations and free participatory activities.
Tickets are £3 on the door, with under 15s free. For further info on Festival of Crafts, other workshops and full exhibitor listings, take a look on the craft site pages here.