Photo: Jane Ponsford in Esher, South East

Jane Ponsford

Artist, Maker, Gallery educator

I am an artist and papermaker based in the South East. I use repetitive processes to construct sculptural forms made up of hundreds of near identical fragments to make bookworks, sculpture and installations. 

I am very interested in materiality and process, enjoying the effects of change and error. A starting point for much of my work is drawing, marking lines and accumulations within specific spaces. Though some of my practice might seem to be an autonomous activity, in fact interaction and collaboration underlie much of it. The objects that I make or the photographs that document temporary and ephemeral work result from an interaction with people and places. I view collaboration to include the give and take required when working not just with individuals and groups but also with particular settings and landscapes.

Although in the past I have used a variety of materials, recently I have mainly concentrated on working with handmade paper, which I make myself. I enjoy using this material because it brings together surface and form. It is evocative, reminiscent of documentation and archives. Staining and tearing easily, it can be seen as the receptive surface for forensic investigation or a blank form to catch light or shadow.

My current preoccupation is with materiality and process in response to place. While craft processes are integral to the development of my work and inform the final outcome, the starting point of the work is often based on collections of dust and materials connected with specific locations.

Key words to describe my approach: Respond, trace, collect, accumulate, mark

I very much enjoy working with people and deliver workshops in a variety of settings from schools and galleries to museums and out in the landscape.

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Location Esher, South East
Activities Residencies, Workshops, Participatory projects, Private commissions, Curating, Gallery education
Artforms / type of project Book Works, Drawing, Environment, Installation, Sculpture
Tags Papermaker, Paper, Landscape

News & Events

  • Creative Papermaking with Colour and Thread: Short Course at West Dean

    15/02/2015 – 19/02/2015
    West Dean, Sussex PO18 0QZ

    Explore the creative possibilities of paper making using cotton and linen pulps. in this enjoyable and hands-on papermaking course we will make beautiful artworks inspired by textiles.

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  • SIT Select Showcase: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 October 10.30 am ā€“ 4.00 pm

    I will be running a Papermaking Workshop as part of an exciting new event organised by Stroud International Textiles at Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square GL50 1QA. More info soon...

  • Paper and Thread: Exhibition of Tutor's work

    09/01/2015 – 28/03/2015
    West Dean, Sussex PO18 0QZ

    The work that I am showing is from a group of studio experiments developing forms reminiscent of the material origins of the paper, the fragments, threads and structure of the original cloth.

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  • Selected at Newark Park

    Iā€™m one of a number of artists and makers invited to show work in an exhibition curated by Lizzi Walton of Stroud International Textiles. 23 April - 8 June 2014

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