Three artists. One Medium. (Paper).

The York Festival is delighted to be presenting an exhibition of three artists working with paper.

Dubbed the “Weaver of Dreams” Tasmanian Leonie Oakes’ art practice is linked by recurring themes and the development of the artists’ book as a wearable object.  Leonie is an award winning artist who uses a variety of techniques, processes and materials that include photography, print, paper, textiles and traditional and innovative bookbinding techniques, to explore her interest in the female body, both in its physical and emotional states.  Her sculptures, wearable art and artist books can be found in private and public collections in the USA, Canada, the UK as well as the State Library of Victoria.  

Booklet Binding & Simple Folded Forms is a one day workshop Leonie will hold Saturday from 10.30am.  Click here for more information.

Join Leonie in the gallery at 152 Avon Terrace on Sunday at 1.30pm for her demonstration on wearable art paper pattern-making.

Based in Broome, Jacky Cheng started working with paper as a child folding joss sticks with Malaysian Chinese grandmother.  While studying architecture, she began using everyday materials such as writing paper, penknife and glue to produce artworks that looked like topographical landscapes.  This exhibition of her high precision, exquisitely detailed art coincides with her inclusion in an exhibition in the Agora Gallery in New York during the same period.

Vignette - Kimberley
Vignette – Kimberley


Sue Codee discovered papercut while in treatment for cancer.  People, family, community and the environment are fundamental to Sue’s intricate and detailed designs which act as family trees that celebrate family in whatever form that may take.  Grounded in the rural environment of Albany, Sue is a highly prolific artist who has been practising for over 25 years.  Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.

Sue Codee
Sue Codee

All images by the artists and may not be reused without permission.

This exhibition will run from the 10th-29th September at 152 Avon Terrace, York.