Art (paper art party 2014)



So here’s a little taste of the kind of art and design you could expect to experience at the party. We received around 30 submissions (and are accepting all of them) and will be adding more images and descriptions as we review them.

Rainbow House by Luisa Ayala and Street Haven at the Crossroads Women Emergency Shelter


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Rainbow House is a collaborative art piece made out of 12″ by 12″ modular tiles of corrugated cardboard, coloured paper strips, and hard cardboard from washing machines packaging.

Each tile is created by a woman living at Street Haven Shelter.

The concept of ‘building a house’ was originated during the first session at the shelter, where each women described with words, sketches and images what they would like to represent in one collaborative piece.

A home built with cardboard reveals truth about life experiences, turns barriers of homelessness into opportunities, isolation into collaborative fun, and sadness into creativity.

Analogue Pixels installation by ROLLOUT 

Music: Fato Mori by Lemon Bucket Orkestra (our main show)

Special thanks to Luisa Ayala, Ksenija Spasic, Tijana Spasic, Shaine Yevgen Denysov, White, Bruce Gavin Ward, Yonit Eliaz, and Pedro Lima for helping out with teardown and transportation from Gladstone Hotel to Rotem’s bedroom.

Violin Prototype by Badanna Zack


This is a work in progress. The installation planned for for The Pulp Party will emphasise the individuality of each piece that will eventually comprise the final work. The finished piece will consist of 32 violins and will eventually be displayed in a large format composed of 3 rows of 6 and 3 rows of 7. The rows will be installed alternately. There will be one or two violins at the event.

This collection reflects many of the characteristics found in my past work: the use of repetitive imagery, the use of re-cycled materials such as boxes found in the super market, the monochromatic nature of the materials, and the variety of the surface which differentiates each individual within the group. By integrating all of these characteristics I am able to achieve a work that conforms to the original but is transformed into a work of art by changing the material.

Request For Proposals by Maria Mingallon, Nick Gatchalian, and Andrew Chung – Arup+Diamond Schmitt Architects

Request FoR PRoPosals is a joint Diamond Schmitt Architects and Arup installation design where as designers, architects and engineers, we see the amount of paper used each day in order to enact positive design for our environment. If we are to truly think positively for our environment, we must engage in the idea of sustainability in its most basic form.

Our intention for this installation is to reuse and recycle A1 sheets that are used, printed, and discarded every day towards markups, presentation drawings and submissions, and refold them into an origami-like structure which conveys every design idea in its raw form. In this way, the installation becomes a public display of every attempt to solve problems for the public at large – the strive to improve our environment for everyone.

See the full proposal with more information and images here.

Giant Interactive Comic Book Installation by Tanya Decarie pulpcomicpitch

The basic idea is to have a large comic book with a loose narrative. Each page will be at least half a metre in length and width ideally (wide enough for more people to read or draw on it, and short enough that it can be easily read from where one might be sitting/standing). Certain spaces and speech bubbles will be left blank, and other areas will be left uncoloured. Markers and pens will be provided at the party so that attendees can write, draw, and colour in the blank areas of the comic. I am also considering leaving a blank page for people to write their names, so that we might know how many different people contributed throughout the night.

Origami Barnacles Panels by Lynch and Comisso Architecture and LightPULP Submission LnC14FEB2014_page7_image3PULP Submission LnC14FEB2014_page7_image5

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We would like to create a 5-piece shifting suspension design, made up of panels adorned with origami ‘barnacles’ that will incorporate  texture  to form an abstract pattern that we would accentuate with LED light grazing. The suspension of each panel (approximately 24” x 60” in dimension, at a height of 24” above the ground) in a staggered configuration would allow viewers to wind their way through the piece, experiencing it from various approaches in time and space. Material for the piece would be retrieved from our company’s blue recycling bin, which we would begin to collect upon acceptance into the event.

Paper Poetry by Emerging Writers

For PULP, Emerging Writers would like to have poetry of various writers in the community around the themes of paper, reuse, recycling, and the environment projected on a wall of the venue during the evening. A slideshow will run flipping through the poetry throughout the evening.

Hanging Out by Tim F Birchard3

For this Installation I wish to create something that interacts directly with the visitor as they enter the party. Hanging from within the central stair I propose for a series of floating paper objects. These objects would be strung from a string or rope much like jewels on a necklace and then suspended without being anchored at the bottom. It is my hope that through this lack of anchoring and the light weight of the paper geometries that  these strands will sway and move as visitors move around them. This piece will become a slowly swaying chandelier of shorts that greats you at the door and guides you up into the rest of the party.

String Phone Canopy by SuperFictionSuperFiction - Pulp Proposal 2014_page1_image2

Our project aims to create a social medium between the quiet balcony area and the bustling dance floor. With the intention of mediating the gap between the two contrasting spaces, our installation encourages interaction amongst the party- goers, whether it be with friends or strangers. The project proposes a reinterpretation of the nostalgic childhood paper cup telephone. We imagine a suspended canopy hovering above the dance floor comprised of paper cup modules. This scheme would undulate in response to manipulation from people on the balcony level, who are also able to project their voice into the canopy through a series of low-fi paper cup telephone systems.

ILLUMINOUS by Evan Brock & Mona Daiilluminous

Illuminous will create an intimate space for conversations, exploration and interactions at the PULP Paper Party.

Illuminous takes small pieces of paper and interlocks them to create large and woven screens. The screens will be brightly lit by video projections (see precedents below) that will be mapped to mask the installationʼs true geometry and create illusions of transformation.

As people pass between the screens, they will become part of the play of light and shadows on both the back wall of the great hall and of the Illuminous itself. They will also be able to watch the party from behind the weave of the installation.

See the full proposal with more information and images here.

Cardboard Stools by Scott Kobewka and Sheraz KahnCardboard Stools

We will create temporary street furniture from discarded cardboard boxes. Our design is focused on simplicity and durability. Cardboard boxes will be rolled into large cylinders and tied together with twine to create a bundle of cardboard cylinders that form table and stool set that is easily replicated and
100% recyclable. The design itself is intended to be something that anyone can make if they have seen the furniture before. This idea stems from our observation that benches and tables are often hard to come by in places where people might need them, however the furniture could would last longer as temporary, indoor seating. Our design gives disused material a second life and fills a need for more accessible street furniture.

Cardboard Seats by Ryan Kearsley



The base of this stool is upcycled honeycombed cardboard (from a local warehouse), and the top surface is a series of paper pulp blocks (upcycled newspapers+flour+water+sugar+heat) cut to size and arranged in a tight herringbone pattern. The long strand paper pulp (as pictured) is from a paper shredder, although it could also be done with traditional blended paper pulp for a more refined texture.

Chandelier Sisters by Kurt Kralerimage

The intent was to create a chandelier that met a specific set of criteria including the ability to be transportable, cast light both up and downward, facilitate movement, and be comprised of reclaimed materials.

The idea of using an umbrella as the main structure for the chandelier was instantly appealing as it was collapsable, lightweight, and could be easily transported to the venue. To form the dynamic component of the chandelier as well as the dispersal of light, many long strips of newspaper will be hung from the inverted umbrella. All newspaper used will be salvaged from recycle bins, offices, and coffee shops at the end of the day when they would normally be discarded.

Tubular Conduit by Elizabeth Gosse


This interactive art piece will be constructed from cardboard and cardboard tubes collected from the home. The tubes will be different sizes and lengths. They will be stringed together to create a form. Inside each tube will be a piece of a paper or two with messages. These messages may be secrets, wishes, dreams, sketched, or inspiring quotes from people. At the party, people can take a message, keep it, put it back, write a message and put it in one of the tubes. This piece is about discovery. The art piece will be the channel in which people at the party can interact, inspire, and be creative. Scrap pieces of paper will be available in different sizes. The paper will have been used on one side already, thus we will be reusing it before recycling it.

See blog post by Elizabeth

Two installations by Iva Jericevicpulpartparty_paper tree

This installation uses shredded paper documents from the street and a large branch that fell from the ice storm. The branch will be delicately wrapped in shredded paper pieces with bits of text from the documents. The concept is contrasting the horror of falling trees during the storm and the common process of cutting trees down and making them into paper documents which end up on the street.

Da Booth by Ksenija SpasicDa Booth Sketch

A three-panel photo booth, which allows the subject to be photographed against a variety of backdrops wearing or holding a variety of props. She can take a picture of herself or someone else can take a picture of her. He can sit or stand on a sturdy cardboard tube stool. Once he’s done, he can leave his prop(s) in/on the nearby box/wall of props.

By putting on a beak or a top hat with spires, the visitor is merely disguised, but his shadow, having integrated the prop into itself, is transformed. This new shadow is evidence of the subject’s transformation. He can choose to include it in the photograph or not.

Paper Muse by Olga Kouptchinskiformed2

This installation uses matte medium and paper to capture the shape made by a plastic sheet. Blocky furniture creates volume and the drapery effect creates a cloth-like appearance.

Cave by Casey Watson, Stephanie Payne, David Fradkin, and David AbrahamCave_Front Cave_Maqette1

Cave (working title) is an interactive space that invites the viewer inside to experience the juxtaposition of raw wood palates with organic paper sculpture. Lights will activate the space and defuse within the paper. We wanted construct our structure in the Main Room of The Great Hall.

A Giant Kiwi and a Chance to Create Balance Without Symmetry by Carlos Roche

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The plan is to have people design in one 3d plain the folded out version of the 3 cube sculpture, then prove that all flaps and sides meet by building it. A Maquette kiwi, and 3box cube will be there. As well as a two foot massive KIWI.

Scrap City: The Paper Rope Edition by Niki Mulder02_Mulder_Niki_Paper Rope 04_Mulder_Niki_Paper Rope

The paper rope stems from Scrap City, a box of scrap paper. This box is filled with bits of paper from friends, receipts, wall paper from homes the artist has lived in, old posters, party invitations, etc. Scrap city evolved out of anti-consumer ideologies, a transient lifestyle, and became a way to keep friends, and memorabilia portable. Scrap city is a metaphorical community.

Paper Pulp Lights and Masks by Jessica Rowlandpulp lamp s mask2 s

In keeping with the idea of PULP, I am going to use shredded paper that’s been left out for recycling, soak it in water, and blend it up, forming this “pulp” over plaster molds to make lights-wall sconces primarily-but also some other lit forms and vessels, as well as possibly, some masks.

Trees from paper by Alisdair MacRae

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Creating tree-shaped objects from paper, trees would be made from paper, rather than paper from trees. Preferably, use old phone books and waste matt board from picture framing shops.

The two projects include a decorative element made from the phone books, which could be extended into the space accordion style and hung as needed. The second project would be wearable, made from the matt board, featuring a similar iconic tree shape.

Papercraft Workstation by Kenway Yu


“Time to play!  Come and put crayon and scissor to paper at the Papercraft Workstation.  Make some art or just have fun.  Hats, jewelry, toys, you name it!  Talented volunteers will be glad to help you out.”

3 Installations by Susan Hume Smith

Speak and Be Heard

Speak and Be Heard – Who commands communication in our world? Through language and art people strive to have a voice.  The newspaper that is used to construct this piece reminds us that all forms of communication are not equal. How will voices continue to assert themselves in the future?

In this piece, the artist’s mouth and hands strain to send a message into the ear of another partial face that is also cupped by a hand in an effort to listen. The sound waveforms strung between the two heads depict the words “speak and be heard”.

Paper Tornado


Paper Tornado – A tornado is a shredder that rises from the earth and eventually returns to it. Tornadoes shred the lives of people and their possessions as they tear apart everything in their path. They not only pick up our garbage, but also create garbage as they travel, laying lives to waste.

This tornado uses garbage in the form of long narrow strips of paper that have been run through a shredding machine. The strips of paper have a feeling of chaos and restlessness that assume an order in the distinct form of the tornado.  Pieces of trash that are interspersed throughout the funnel show the indiscriminate nature of the storm. The turbulence within the tornado mirrors the political and social upheavals that invoke art and protest.

Trashy Flower

“Trashy Flower” (Lilium Recyclius) – In this piece, yellow lilies blossom from a pile of recyclable waste.  The lily symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings.  A closed bud, a partially opened flower and a flower in full bloom illustrate its life cycle.  The yellow lily in particular represents gaiety and playfulness as seems fitting for a party!

Like this lily, born from waste, garbage has the potential to be reused and assume a new life.  Beauty can arise from trash.

Three collage and book art pieces by HyDeeEverything is possible whenS

Everything Is Possible When…

Paper’s destiny is – at best – to be recycled. Similarly, knowledge and beliefs need to be recycled and transformed. A discarded book from 1964 was rescued on July 7, 2013 at the intersection of Bloor and Dufferin st. and has since spelled out the need to question some of our conceptions of love and relationships. Is the myth of the charming prince serving Us or is it serving Them? This book invites us to explore the place of media and popular culture in shaping our conception of romantic relationships.

The book will be displayed open above the fireplace in the discussion room. Given the complexity of the collage, viewers won’t be allowed to touch the piece.

Tale of the Cast IronS

Tale of the Cast Iron

If the objects we discard could speak, they would tell us there is no such thing as waste in nature. Elements transform infinitely in the cycle of life and don’t change value in the fluctuations of nature’s stock exchange. A cast iron typewriter was discarded on October 14, 2009 near a bus stop of Ossington st. and has since embarked in an attempt to regain human attention through its message, spelling out Antoine Lavoisier’s law of chemistry – nothing gets lost, nothing gets created, everything transforms.

The typewriter will be displayed in the discussion room resting on a table and leaning near a wall (see picture). The 75in collage roll will extend out of the typewriter, waving along the table and up on the wall. The waves will be supported by a cardboard structure beneath it, made of reclaimed tissue rolls. The structure will be taped to the wall with carpenter’s tape.

Something Essential Can Take Root 

A discarded book was rescued on July 7, 2013 at the intersection of Bloor and Dufferin st. and has since been reborn in an attempt to recycle our conception of health. It touches on the theme of instant gratification, its impact on the body and the mind. It contrasts our view of bodily health with a more holistic approach, including the health of our environment and sustenance of the land.

The book will be displayed open above the fireplace in the discussion room. Viewers will be invited to flip through the pages.

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