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Pocket Series

Pocket Zoo, the first in this series evolved from Pocket Accordion Variation -Full Sheet from the book The Art of the Fold, Hedi Kyle & Ulla Warchol. A single sheet of paper is folded to create an accordion folder with internal pockets. I needed to find something to put in these pockets and, as a collector I found inspiration around me. My vintage toy zoo with lead animals became my starting point. 

The idea progressed quickly, though to get the construction and narrative to work took considerable time with many prototypes. Concertina books require large widths, unless you are prepared to add joins hence why the size is small, A7 when folded. This has advantages and restrictions, too small and it is hard to cut detail into card. Size also, inspired the title ‘Pocket’, a double entendre. It fits in your pocket, to carry around, to always look at and the construction has pockets where objects or things sit. Pocket Zoo has animals behind railings and a simple narrative of a zoo keeper looking after them. The challenge with new ideas was finding a narrative that justified what or who would sit within or behind a ‘pocket’. Continuing with themes that also have their roots in nostalgia, I chose Pocket Market where a green grocer sells his fruit and vegetables from crates and Pocket Shop where a shop assistant displays her goods that sit in drawers or on the counter.

Each project uses both paper and card from a carefully selected palette of colours from the Colorplan range with Pale Grey and Harvest used in all. 

So what started as a learning exercise evolved into a series of miniature books that each tell a simple story and that bear little resemblance to the original instructions, which I believe is exactly what the authors of The Art of the Fold would encourage.

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Ink, Paper + Print

I am currently exhibiting at the Ink, Paper + Print Fair, Eastbourne, 21st – 22nd September 11am – 5.30pm, alongside 60 + amazing artists. If you are in the area please visit, there are books, prints and crafts, to suit all tastes.

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Print Mechanicals

Proud to be exhibiting alongside these great artists at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall, Rossendale, March 23rd – May 5th.

We’re delighted to announce our next exhibition will open to the public on Saturday 23rd March from 10am.

Print Mechanicals is a group exhibition featuring Andrew and Sara Kulman, Andrzej Klimowski, Chris Shaw, Dan Fern, David R Newton, Mack Manning, Paula Newton and Skye Shadowlight. Works are assembled via print or collage methods, reflecting individual thematic approaches. Narrative is present, sometimes oblique, sometimes direct. 

To be the first to view this collection of unique work from this team of acclaimed aritsts why not join us for a private view on Friday 22nd March from 7pm, were you will have the opportunity to see the work up close and a chance to meet the artists behind the collection. This event is FREE with no booking required. Guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of wine on arrival.

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Spotlight: Sara Kulman

Exhibition EXTENDED until Friday 4th November 2017

Parkside Gallery talks to Sara Kulman about making, materials, working with her husband and her current exhibition.

Artist Sara Kulman makes up one half of the team behind Brummagem: Lost City Found. Her unconventional route to becoming an artist (is there ever a conventional route?) brings a refreshing take on processes and materials.

I caught up with Sara to discuss her exhibition and fascinating approach to making objects.

Chris Ansell:

Your exhibition, Brummagem: Lost City Found, draws on Birmingham and its brutalist architecture. Have you always felt a connection to the city?

Sara Kulman:

I grew up in the suburbs in the 60s and 70s so Birmingham was always an exciting place to visit. I would go to the eye hospital, go shopping in Lewis’s then be driven through the Queensway to visit relatives. I always loved the journey.

When I got home I’d use my brother’s construction toys to recreate and reinvent my own functional but fun buildings and structures, my own city.

Recently, I’ve been discovering more about Birmingham and its architectural history but it will always be my memories and my love of the shapes, colours and textures of the city that inspire me.

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Brummagem: Lost City Found

Brummagem Lost City Found, 2017 a joint exhibition by Andrew Kulman and Sara Kulman offered a personal reflection on the city and its changing landscape over 20 years through a series of prints, paper sculptures, artefacts and photography.

Full twenty years and more passed
Since I left Brummagem.
But I set out for home at last
To good old Brummagem.
But ev’ry place is altered so
Now there’s hardly a place I know
Which fills my heart with grief and woe
For I can’t find Brummagem…

James Dodds (1781-1837)

The 1960’s landmarks of Birmingham fascinated Andrew Kulman since he arrived at Birmingham City University 20 years ago. Sara Kulman grew up in and around Birmingham and lived through the city’s different phases before leaving in 1982. In 2016 they relocated to the city centre and used this opportunity to interpret what these buildings and structures meant to them, through their chosen specialisms.

Andrew Kulman

Andrew chose the ‘concrete collar’ of Birmingham’s Inner Ring Road, focusing on the gyratory circuses. These sections of a once dominant motorway are representative of Birmingham’s post-war vision to be a city designed for the future.

New prints were created to depict structures and patterns associated with the city. A range of printmaking techniques provided an opportunity to produce work that is both controlled and unpredictable.

Sara Kulman

Paper has been integral to both Sara’s creative and professional life. She is captivated by the manner with which it can be manipulated, cut and folded.These pieces aimed to demonstrate how selected structures and spaces of 20th Century Birmingham can be reimagined using paper construction skills. Taking colour, pattern and texture as inspiration, the final artwork reveals a unique and personal observation of the city.

These pieces aimed to demonstrate how selected structures and spaces of 20th Century Birmingham can be reimagined using paper construction skills. Taking colour, pattern and texture as inspiration, the final artwork reveals a unique and personal observation of the city.

Sara Kulman designed the exhibition layout.

Exhibition Pieces by Sara Kulman

Press Releases and Blogs


DLUXE Magazine

Greater Birmingham Chambers

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Daruma Clip

Decided at long last to use this purchase rather than just admire and keep them in their box.

A dozen of these little clips come stored in a matchbox and are made from recycled card. Display postcards and small images without causing damage.

Made by Pyloneer.

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This project is an extension of a newspaper shoe made for a friend.

Avisit to NY challenged me to find the best paper suppliers. At Kate’s Paperie I chose Lama Li Handmade Jazz Fabric Paper in Granite. This flexible paper, from Nepal, has the appearance of leather on one side, fabric on the other and evokes strong animal qualities. Once home, I rediscovered a sheet of handmade marbled paper brought in IL Papiro Florence, 1985. The design aptly called Peacock (or Bouquet) Pattern has browns that intermingle with olive greens, and brought to mind a peahen. With these papers I set out to create a shoe using colour, texture, layer and pattern that had the grace and beauty of a peacock.

Construction: Upper

The focus is the marbled paper, it’s pattern suggesting contour feathers with fine cuts to emphasise the barbs. Starting with a base made from the Jazz Fabric Paper, layering papers then became integral to the design. By mimicking the layers of feathers on the bird, texture and movement were created.

Construction: Heel

The intention was to create a heel with tail feathers standing proud and upright, but the prototypes were unsatisfactory and I couldn’t afford mistakes. I settled for a flat design with the magnificent peacock tail built up from different papers including a vintage crepe paper in turquoise bought from Hopkinson 21Nottingham, to add vibrancy. The result was a tail that was light and flexible. A tail that moved and floated, creating shadows and highlighting colours and textures as it caught in the breeze.

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Forest Crown

Made from a simple origami technique that is often used to make bracelets. Scaled up it creates a lovely crown.

A variety of vintage Child Education posters from the 1960’s and 70’s were used to construct this crown. These posters have a flexible quality to them making them perfect for this project. I was given a large pile of these, and whilst some of the illustrations are excellent others are not and it is these which I have used. Once folded the illustrations disappear and in their place new designs, made from random selections, appear creating something quite magical.

Medium: Paper.
Dimensions: H: 150mm.

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Christmas Eve

I know Christmas is nearly over but I would like to share these items on display in our house this year.

On the Mantlepiece

A beautiful Christmas Card bought in Bohemia Paper Prague, titled Christmas Eve and designed by master printer Jan Petr Obr. A small wooden sculpture of Petrous, Keeper of the Keys, bought in Berlin 2008 and made in Erzgebirge. A wooden spoon and an original set of keys belonging to the house.