Following a first degree in Loughborough (2002-2005) JONI SMITH went on to complete an MA at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) in 2007, achieving a distinction in Textile Culture. Joni enhances and re-imagines the perceptual mapping out of a landscape on paper, playfully using collage and cutting techniques to create new associations between different map locations. Impeccably handcrafted, Smiths work encompasses drawing, paper cutting, painting installation and sculpture.
How Joni creates her pieces:
RUTH HOWES studied at NUA graduating with First Class honours in 2000. In between she has painted and illustrated, but the rather addictive nature of paper cutting has taken over more recently. This work has initiated a wide range of commissioned work from window design to large scale pictorial 'life maps' and alphabetised series of her paper cut work. We are showcasing Ruth's paper cuts are made with an absolute economy of materials and indeed, by an intricate cutting process, even further diminishes the paper she works with; though the results are finely detailed and deftly finished.