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Drawing with Scissors

an exhibition of collage & paintings
Jacqui Mair
Private View Thursday 25th October 6-8.30pm
Exhibition 26th October to 24th November 2018

Collage Workshops at Jack House Gallery
Saturday 10th November 10-5pm
Sunday 18th November 10-5pm

 It was Henri Matisse who first described the art of collage as 'drawing with scissors' when he adopted the technique in his old age. The basic pleasure of chopping and snipping and gluing and the ability to move shapes and overlay textures and colours, 'cutting directly into colour, abolishing the conflicts – between colour and line, emotion and execution,'reinvigorated the art of his later years and sparked a new and bold creativity which was breath taking to his great contemporary Picasso. Jacqui Mair loves the freeing nature of collage and the pleasure of juxtaposing shapes to build compositions, 'I have been collaging for most of my life; I trained as a printmaker and found that the process of layering is very similar to collage. I think my major love is paper and I am at my happiest with a very sharp pair of scissors and a glue pot, cutting and pasting and drawing with scissors.'

There will be 2 workshops to be led by Jacqui during the course of her show. Click here for more information and to book a place contact Rebecca at or by phone 07503152848.

See below how the workshops went.

JACQUI MAIR’S ‘CUT & PASTE WORKSHOPS’ - Jacqui Mair held two full practical workshops at the gallery during her exhibition when she taught participants printmaking techniques using jelly plates to create the textures and patterns that would form the materials for the collage artworks they would go on to produce. Along with Jacqui’s many boxes of tricks which included batches of old letters, photographs, maps and cuttings participants were encouraged to bring along personal ‘bits & pieces’ to use during the workshops. An incredibly talented and experienced teacher Jacqui coaxed and nurtured some really extraordinary individual work from 2 groups of mixed ability participants and everyone fired up with what they had made during an intense day and what they would go on to make.

Some of the work made by the particpants at Jacqui Mair’s cut and paste workshops.

Some of the work made by the particpants at Jacqui Mair’s cut and paste workshops.