Notan – Free Form Design
November 5, Sunday, 1-4pm
Instructor: Annie Reiser
The Japanese use the term Notan to describe a key element of design, which is the interplay between light and dark shapes. In Western terms, we talk about positive and negative space. Traditional Notan consists only of stark black and white shapes cut from paper, but local artist Annie Reiser uses colored and unique papers as well. Some of her designs remind us of Henri Matisse, who called his paper cut outs “drawing with scissors”. The value of Notan in design is that it teaches one to see darks and lights. Plus, it yields delightfully serendipitous results. To learn the Notan approach, you’ll first re-create Annie’s sample piece, which has a botanical theme, as a practice exercise. After that, you’ll draw your own designs, cut them out from unique papers supplied by Two Hands Paperie, then paste the cut outs down to create a piece ready for framing. Simple!
- Favorite pair of scissors suitable for fine cutting
- Glue stick
- Optional: a design you’d like to try as a Notan
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