Hello – I’m Ros Freeborn and I’m a collage artist with a passion for all things to do with paper. I tear up paper to make my art and can be found ankle deep in fragments of paper in my studio having torn up tissue paper, magazine pages, wallpaper, wrapping paper packing… anything which catches my eye and has a pattern, colour or texture which suits the piece I’m working on.
I take commissions to make portraits in my unusual style (you can see some here www.paperface.co.uk) and, apart from creating a portrait which is good likeness, I can surround the subject with their ‘favourite things’, in paper. I create a portrait of a life in addition to the person.
I recently set up Papershades (www.papershades.co.uk) a new online shop to sell a range of very unusual paper lampshades based on my artwork. The venture launched in January 2017 with six designs based on floral paper collages which will brighten up a room whether the lights are on or off. I also run Papershades workshops to demonstrate how the technique works and everyone who takes part goes home with a stunning and totally unique lampshade.
I also love visiting galleries and gazing at art – old and new, finding fellow artists to talk to (especially ones who love working with paper), paper manufacturers, paper crafters, publications and investigating any intriguing use of paper. So, come with me on my paper odyssey tearing around town to find fragments of fun and interest and piecing it all together on my Paper Places blog.