Want to get involved?!

email : papergirlbristol@gmail.com for more information about the submissions address and how you can get involved!!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Interview: Lily Reilly

Hello Papergirlers! We've got a treat for you this Sunday; we've asked our very first participant in Papergirl Bristol 2015 to answer a few questions about her professional practice as an artist. So without further ado, we give you Lily Reilly from Cork, Ireland. Check out her blog here: petaltopetal.blogspot.co.uk

Why do you do what you do?

When I finished school I wasn't sure what I wanted to do so I took a year out- which turned into two years out. I have always been creative but during that time I started drawing and developing my own style in my free time and just loved it. I then met my husband and we both applied to study design together. We both got in and when we graduated he became a graphic designer and I went on to train as a teacher. At this point I was doing my own artwork in my spare time and was getting commissions. Shops were starting to stock my greeting cards and I thought that it was such an interesting area to work in, why not give it a go and see if I can survive! We moved to Berlin for two years and I worked at a fantastic stationery store which just made me realize what area I wanted to work in even more. When we moved back home to Ireland last year I set up a studio in our home and I run my little business from there. I come across different challenges almost every day and it isn't easy- if not working from home and for yourself can be harder sometimes as you have to be very self motivated and push yourself. Some of my friends don't understand why I don't just pick a 9-5 job and leave my work at the door when I get home (I can work until 10pm at night and almost always work 7 days a week so it's not very sociable!) but I don't do this for money, I do this because I love it!  There is something fantastic about working towards my own dream and not somebody else's. I have made much more money working for other people in the past, but at the end of the day happiness and a higher quality of living are more important to me. 


What’s your creative background?

I studied Design Communication and then trained as an Art and Design teacher at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork City. People often see that I studied at the Crawford and start talking to me about illustration courses but in relation to what I do with my own artwork I am self-taught. When it comes to the application part of my designs, photography, branding and those aspects of the business I learnt that when studying design. 

What's been your most influential experience?

Probably going to Rob Ryan's shop 'Ryantown' in Shoreditch and seeing all the wonderful ways that he has applied his designs to different products. The ceramic tile murals of his papercut designs in the shop are amazing! 

What art do you most identify with?

I love detailed work. As my own work is so time consuming I really appreciate the work that is skillfull and detailed and that a lot of effort has gone into. I also love work from the Arts and Craft Movement, and the whole ethos behind it- although it isn't always attainable, I feel that it is right. 

What’s your favourite piece of art?

That's an almost impossible question as I have so many! My husband and I have a lot of art in our home and one of our favourite pieces was a wedding gift from my Mother in Law (who is a traditional artist that trained at the Crawford College). It's an original chalk pastel piece of one of the Skellig Islands off Co. Kerry and it's so photo- realistic. People often think it is a photograph until they get up close and are blown away. 

What kind of research do you do for your work?

I work on every part of the business myself so sometimes I can spend a lot of time researching. I need to find out things like the best companies to order prints and supplies from. Some shops here will only stock work that is printed in Ireland and that can be quite a challenge as quality and cost are both important factors. A lot of people don't realise that each order costs a lot of money and is a big investment so I have to do a lot of planning before I get any new products made. 

What is your dream project?

I have a weakness for stationery so I would love to collaborate with a greeting cards company on a range of notelets or something like that. I would also love to collaborate with a clothing or accessories company. My list of dream projects is endless!

Professionally, what’s your goal?

I would love to collaborate with a company like Wild & Wolf, where the standard of quality is very high and designers can be part of the process. I have licensed my designs to different companies in the past and have been horrified by the experience so I decided to never license again unless it is with a very established company that creates very high quality products. Choosing to be an artist can often mean that you have a lot less money and feel pressured into making money from all the companies that contact you with blanket emails looking to license your designs. However, designers seem to forget that the products that these companies are making are representing them as artists. Why be associated with something poorly executed and low quality when you could have your work printed on beautiful high quality products? I'm not against mass production, collaborations just need to be done the right way and when they are they can really open doors for independent designers. I hope to always stay true to what I believe in as I have seen some brilliant designers really sell out. They end up with a lot of money in the bank but the products that are out there with their name on are misprinted and faulty and I don't think that is a great legacy to leave behind. Everything is online now and in the future, when I am old and can't pick up a pen to draw, my children (and hopefully Grandchildren!) will be able to look back at my life and what I have achieved, how I answered questions in interviews and what I believed in. I hope that they will be proud of me. 


Look out for more interviews with our artists in the future. If you feel like you really want to be interviewed, or want to send your work to be included in the project then please get in touch: papergirlbristol@gmail.com

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hey everyone! Long time no speak we know- sorry about that! We're back this month with a few new bits and pieces to get your creative juices flowing again. We're teaming up with Papergirl Calgary to swap artwork from Bristol with Canada for another Open Call for art! So if you missed the last deadline you've got another chance to submit it this time round, or if you want more of your stuff to get out there to the people across the pond then get submitting! This is open to absolutely everyone as always, so please spread the word around :)


Here's the new poster (created by Mark W Smith) and don't forget we're having a Drink & Draw at Roll for the Soul on the 17th! See you there :)

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

2 weeks to go!

Heyhey! We can't believe the time is almost here to draw a close to the first stage of this years Papergirl Bristol! Today mark's two weeks until April 1st- the end of our first open call. It's been such a blast so far and we've talked to so many lovely people through the project, thank you to everyone who has supported us so far :)

So, we're now thinking about another stage to our submission process which will be a collaboration with Papergirl Calgary. Basically anything that we have submitted after our submission deadline of April 1st will be sent all the way over to lovely Canada to be exhibited and distributed there! You could potentially be an international artist, quite a boost for anyone's CV we would say. Look out for more information about the next deadline and our new poster for it in the near future!

To kick things off we're hosting another Drink and Draw on April 17th to get the ball rolling and to chat more about the next stage with anyone who's curious. The event is open to anyone, so if you've already submitted and want to put a name to a face please come along and say hi! And like before, please spread the word about as we can't invite people that we're not friends with on Facebook because of their new restrictive rules *sad face* here's the link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1596360203944682/

Go forth good people!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Drink and Draw

Hullo there bloggers!

We're just dropping you a quick scribble to let you know we're organising a drink and draw get together on March 8th! To get an idea of numbers please go to the facebook page or let us know you're coming by dropping us a line at papergirlbristol@gmail.com! We're still unsure about the location so if you have any suggestions for a meet up space with room for drawing please do get in touch. 

Here it is:

Share it about!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Getting social

Hey guys, we're getting more savvy with our social media lately and have got ourselves an instagram!
Just incase you weren't already aware we also have a Facebook page and a Twitter- click the links, go check 'em out and be friends with us :)
There's word on the street that we have our first submission floating around the royal mail service as we type! Can't wait!

Want a copy of the poster to print out and spread about? Give us a shout at papergirlbristol@gmail.com

Monday, 5 January 2015

Hullo!

Hi there, it's Sophie here from the shiny new Papergirl team! I thought I'd just give you guys a quick post on what me and James are about and share the new poster with you!
I'm a photographer from the South coast of England who loves cats. I also dabble in craft and textiles when the mood takes me and occasionally I hold workshops in what I do. I've wanted to be a part of Papergirl since 2010, but living in a smaller community meant that it wasn't received in the way I'd hoped.
James loves drawing and being generally creative. He's come to Bristol from the South too, not too far away from me and we met through one of my workshops in Lomography at the Try This... festival in Dorchester. Last year he helped Try This... by getting more involved in the organising of the event, and we're still both in touch with the team there.

SO, on to the exciting bit! Here's the new poster; look out for it around Bristol soon and get in touch if you want to submit- papergirlbristol@gmail.com

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year, New Team!!!

So, it's about time that I write some news on here regarding the new Papergirl Bristol Team!  I am super happy to be able to announce that Papergirl Bristol will continue in my absence!  So, let's keep it short and simple...this is my last post and with it I say goodbye from me and a hello to them!  With a fresh start for the beginning of a new year I really look forward to all the new Papergirl Bristol happenings!!

lots of lOVe.
your ex-Papergirl, Jess
 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Looking for someone to take over!

Hey Bristol!

This break turned into a 2 year silence.  The main event is that I have moved to another city in a different country.  So, if there is anyone left in Bristol that would like to take over the Papergirl Bristol movement, then please get in touch.  There is no pay.  What is needed is your time and love.  And you must be able to uphold the Papergirl legacy of being a non-commercial, non-profit organisation.  Seriously, it was such a fun project to run and it is pretty rewarding after all the hard work.  

Job Description:
Advertise the Open Call.  Collect the submissions, which is my favourite part of the process, it feels like Christmas every time a new parcel arrives.  Set a submission deadline.  Find a venue for the exhibition.  Make flyers.  Have the opening night!  Take the exhibition down.  Roll up artworks.  Fasten with our explanation "banner".  Get out on the streets!  Cycle and hand out!  And most importantly is  H A V E  F U N !!!
Warning:  You will be spending some of your own money to fund this project.  And quite a bit of your time, but your reward is definitely worth it.

It feels great to be part of a worldwide movement like this and also feels great to run something that works!  So yeah, if anyone is interested then get in touch for some tips and tricks.  And if anyone does take over, just remember to uphold the legacy.  Don't exploit the Papergirl name.  Get in touch through the papergirl e-mail address: papergirlbristol@gmail.com  If you get in touch in any other way I can't promise I'll see it.

Hope all is well in all of your worlds.
..lOvE..
Papergirl Bristol

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Taking a break.

Hey...we haven't been in touch.  Just wanted to let everyone know we are hibernating, and taking a small break from all the Papergirl excitement of the summer.

Hope everyone is having a warm and cosy winter.
lots of lOVe.
Papergirl Brisol

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Yesterday was the perfect sunny day for the first half hand-out! Going for the final delivery in a couple of days!! Happy faces and smiles, as well as puzzled gazes and rejections were encountered! Oh the joy of gifting people! Stay tuned for more...

Friday, 7 September 2012

Bristol Distribution.

Hi all!

We are looking for some more people to help us out with the Papergirl Bristol distribution.  It would be great if you are free.  Just turn up with you bicycles and bags or baskets for carrying the rolls.

We are meeting at 1pm at the top of Gloucester Road at the Royal Oak pub.

Let us know if you are coming, by emailing papergirlbristol@gmail.com
BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
The more the merrier!
lOVe.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Papergirl Worldwide

Check out this new website for Papergirl Worldwide to make it easier to find Papergirl Projects all over the world.  THERE ARE 46 PAPERGIRL PROJECTS ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!  That is soooo exciting!


loooooove.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Delivery peeps.

This is a call out for anyone in Bristol interested in helping us distribute all of this artwork.  Please email papergirlbristol@gmail.com if interested.  Soopertydooperty, thank yous!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Exhibition.

So, the exhibition was a success!  Thank you to everyone that came to have a look and enjoyed it!  So very happy about that!  Whilst we were cleaning the Looking Glass we found this pretty little piece all tucked away in a corner, and were wondering who left it there?  We love it!


If it belongs to you, get in touch!
And here are some photos from the exhibition!







lOVe.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Set Up.

AFTER A HARD DAY OF WORK...THE SPACE IS SET UP AND READY FOR YOUR EYES TO FEAST ON BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK...!!! StArTiNg ToMoRrOw the 19th of June @ The Looking Glass opening from 11am till 6pm. And don't forget to come to our little gathering on Friday the 22nd from 6pm!


  Come and hang out with us!!
lots of lOVe.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Snippets.

Jessica Dolby


 Orla Foster and Peter Martin


 Dadalia


Luke Tonks


Mario Lautier Vella


Ken Cotter


Ken Cotter


 Object


 Beccy McCray


Anthony Tremblay


Alex Hackett



OH gosh, we are so EXCITED about the exhibition.  There's loads more beautiful work that we haven't taken photos of yet...!!!

Artists.

Hey!!!!
Here is a list of all the artists that have submitted to our Open Call.  All work will be exhibited!  Anyone that still wants to submit, please do SOON as the exhibition is in only 3 weeks time!  If you're interested in submitting some of YOUR work, please email papergirlbristol@gmail.com for the postal address...
Happy Sunday!



  • Kappelmurrindependant
 
  • Ella Cross

  • Anna-Amalia Albang

  • Anthony Tremblay




    If you have sent us your work, but your name is not on the list then please let us know!  Also...if your name IS on the list, but we don't have your blog or website address let us know also!!

    Love. Love. Loooooooooove. 

Friday, 11 May 2012

Post Office

Hello!

Just a quick reminder to make sure that you pay correct postage on your artworks as we've just been notified by our friendly local Post Office that some works have been returned due to underpaid postage (and before anyone asks, they couldn't tell us the names of the senders for privacy reasons).

Please please make sure you check the postage amount and the address or we may not receive your work and that would make us sad...

love love love.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

WHA GWAN girls and boys.

We still very much are here.  It is a quiet time right now.  As we are waiting to exhibit.  If anyone still would like to submit any artwork to us, please email papergirlbristol@gmail.com.  We would love it if you did.  Oh yes.  That would be great.  Sooooooooooooo...yeah...!!!!  We want YOUR works!

xxx

Friday, 6 April 2012

It's official!

WOOOOOO!  We have a venue and date set.  So write it in your diaries guys! 

 The exhibition will be held at The Looking Glass Arts Space, 39 the High Street, BS1 2AW.  From the 20th till the 25th of June!!!!!!!!

Soooooooo, as we still have time till the exhibition people are still able to submit until the beginning of July.  Just drop us an email if yous want the postal address!

lOVe.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Hey everyone!

Just a little update on how everything stands for now.  As you all know, the original deadline passed yesterday.  However...as our exhibition will take place in June, we are extending the deadline until the 1st of May for anyone who hasn't had time to prepare for the last deadline.  Soooooo, get your friends involved and let people know about us.  We have already received lots and lots of work, just in this past week we received 10 art parcels!  And so many wonderful pieces of work!


LOVE.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Quick Reminder.

Quick reminder guys.  You've got 16 days left of March to get your work sent to us that will be our next exhibition.  Deadline is 1st of April.  Anyone that still wants to get involved...send us an email for the postal address.
It's a great opportunity for artists and non-artists to get creative!

love love love

Post for us!

Here are a couple of examples of work that has been sent in to us recently.  There are plenty more, just haven't had time to photograph all of them yet!  Let's all get inspired!


Vicki Johnson



 Sonelle Goddard


Glenda Rolston


More photos from other artists work to come soon.  Look out!!
lots of lOVe.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Bristol Radical Zine Fest.


Heading down to the Zine Fest at the Kebele in Easton today!  ( 14 Robertson Road)  From noon till 6 pm.  Day filled with zines, workshops, tea and vegan cakes!  COME ALONG, IT'LL BE FUN!


Friday, 10 February 2012

EXCITES!

Herrowwwww!

Just a thank you to the flurry of interest from all you creative souls.  Grateful thanks to ArtsAdmin for featuring us on their news feed.  We are really looking forward to receiving all your submissions!

LURVE.
From.
Us.

Friday, 21 October 2011

OPEN CALL

We want YOU to send YOUR work to US!!!!  It will be all be exhibited in early 2012.  But in order to have an exhibition, we need artwork to hang up, and then hand out!  Email papergirlbristol@gmail.com for the address details.  And then start sending.  
Love love love to you all.
xx

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Guardian.


The art of cycling on film.  An article about bikes and art.  Talking about the longstanding fascination between humans and cycling.
"No other icon in sport or transport has retained such constant or potent significance. The car, once all open road and opportunity, now evokes the dystopia of Jeremy Clarkson and carmageddon . The train has surrendered its Brief Encounter romance to the absurdity of leaves on the line, and the misery of the sweaty commute."
"Speaking to Cyclescreen, writer Rob Penn pointed out that the introduction of the safety bicycle in the 1880s was a revolution not just in transport but society, bringing health, freedom and opportunity to millions. 125 years on, as cycling for work, leisure and health increases, the revolution continues."


We were mentioned as well!!  Phoawwrrrr!  "the bike as catalyst of urban creativity is celebrated in the Papergirl project of Berlin , Manchester and Bristol"

 xxx