The Paper Trail – a celebration of all things paper – will be held in Byron Bay from May 25 – 27.
Produced by Paper Runway, the stylish Byron Shire-based magazine loved by paper afi cionados and the designconscious from Australia to London and New York, The Paper Trail will open with a paper-centric exhibition at Art Park at the Byron A&I Estate on Friday May 25.
Coinciding with the magazine’s first birthday, The Paper Trail will continue all weekend with paper workshops for all ages with leading artists and paper product designers including Kim Amos, Anne Leon, Craig Rochfort and Kate Ford. Workshops will include paper making, creating paper zines, book binding, the art of paper cutting.
The exhibition will, of course, be paper-centric and all artists will contribute a portion of their sales to NAPCAN, which works to eliminate child abuse.
Paper Runway and The Paper Trail are the inspirations of editor Nikki Buckland, a design-loving Brunswick Heads local, and editor and graphic designer Maree Oaten, who grew up in the area and has recently returned to Australia after six years in London.
Nikki and Maree are at the forefront of a world-wide passion for all things paper and the renaissance of ancient paper crafts adapted for the modern world. It’s a passion they want to share with others in their much loved northern rivers region. “The possibilities with paper are limited only by our imaginations. Through the creation of Paper Runway magazine, we’ve discovered a whole world of exhilarating paper art and exquisite paper products. With so much of our lives nominated by digital and electronic media, there is a real craving out there for the beauty, simplicity and versatility of paper. We are bringing that beauty to Byron Bay, with some of really exceptional artists sharing their works, knowledge and skills,” Nikki says.
Paper Runway, launched by Nikki and Maree last year, has been an instant success here and overseas. It’s eclectic mix of the latest paper products, party inspirations, inspiring images, tips for the aff ordable, stylish, practical and pretty and features about the hottest paper sculptors, artists, illustrators and creators currently working in the field, has quickly captured an international audience with the fi rst four exquisite
hand-stitched print issues selling out.
“It’s gratifying to know that we can produce something here in Byron Shire that stacks up against the best in the world. We’ve had amazing feedback with readers keen to learn as much as they can about the world of paper. The Paper Trail here in Byron is just the first of many Paper Runway-inspired events that we are planning here and internationally,” Maree said.
For further information visit; Paper Runway: www.paperrunway.com