Fresh Cuttings – Bhavna Mehta
August 5 - August 9| $800
Dates: August 5-9, 2019
Class limit: 6
Tuition: $750 members / $800 non-members
Lab fee: $75
In order to reserve your space in the class, we require a $300 deposit.
The flatness of paper will serve as an inviting platform for transformation. This workshop will consist of two main activities – making paper and cutting paper. Students will use simple papercutting techniques to create a fan accordion book in a collaborative environment. Paying attention to color, shape, pattern and texture, students will focus on the process of taking an idea and visually translating it. We will develop a narrative sculpture in the form of a book. Making paper in the beginning of the class will yield handmade paper to make sculptural work by cutting and folding that paper. Experience with paper cutting is helpful, but not required.
Bhavna Mehta works with paper – cutting and embroidering it to tell stories that combine figurative imagery with botanical motifs, text and shadows. Using paper as skin and thread to connect and mend, using cutting and sewing to talk about exposing and hiding, she makes work about relating and remembering.
Mehta has exhibited widely in San Diego and Southern California. She is the recipient of the Artists Activating Communities grant from the California Arts Council (2017) and the Creative Catalyst grant from The San Diego Foundation (2015). She has won multiple awards in juried shows and she was one of the San Diego Art Prize emerging artist winners. She collaborates with artists making public art, using paper as a design medium. Mehta teaches paper cutting and sculpture as UCSD Extension, Penland School of Craft, San Diego Book Arts, and in varied avenues around San Diego County.