Paper Sculpturing
White Clouds Photo by Maya Grkow
Paper Manipulation
Paper Yarns Photo by Fay Russell
Paper yarns weaved
Paper yarns weaving Photo by Elham Royaee
Past Event

All About Paper

Presented by Fay Russell


Sat 20 May 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Free, no booking required


227-229 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC, Australia


Seating available Wheelchair accessible

All About Paper is a Senses and Sensors Workshop held at MicroLab that celebrates paper toile. Paper toile involves the transformation and manipulation of paper. Traditionally, toile is made of calico fabric; in this workshop, participants will recycle and upcycle any leftover papers. The workshop has three different stations: paper sculpturing, making paper yarns, and weaving without a loom. Rotate among the stations to make your own creations.



Fay Russell

Fay is an artist and fashion designer who is passionate about playfully experimenting in art and fashion. She is inspired by a huge variety of things (such as nature, learning, music, craft and movement) and works across disciplines (including painting, sculpture, history, architecture, engineering, science and technology). Fay believes collaboration and having fun is key to sustainability. She utilises upcycling, recycling, and regeneration of materials and loves manipulating materials (especially biomaterials) into dynamic new forms. This leads to vibrant and quirky designs. ​

Maya Grkow

Maya is an emerging New Zealand and Australian artist who studied Sculpture at RMIT University. Maya is a multi-media artist, but prominently works in installation, sculpture and drawing. She is deeply engaged within the natural environment which is heavily influenced from her homeland New Zealand. Her practice explores the psyche, body, experiences and the natural world with an emphasis on the use of recycled materials.

Maya’s work has been exhibited at Deakin University as part of a group exhibition in 2017, won the Studio Art subject award in 2018 from Highvale Secondary College.  Recently she has also exhibited in a number of group shows, been apart of RMIT Sculpture Club Executive Committee, won the BDS sculpture award at the 2021 RMIT Grad Show for her work ‘Metamorphosis’, had her work exhibited at Melbourne Fashion Week and First Site Gallery in 2022 and is part of the RMIT Culture residency program for 2023.

Elham Royaee

Elly is a Textile Artist and Designer who approaches her work in an inspirational and collaborative nature. She explores the themes of self-love, acceptance, and encouraging women to express and share their inner beauty with the world. While Elly’s specialty is surface pattern design, her ever-evolving designs incorporate three-dimensional embellishments that are nature-inspired, and often utilise surprising materials. She is currently exploring new developments in science and material innovation and is passionate about exploring the opportunities presented for textile designers.

Elly recognises the huge importance of textile and fashion designs – they are ever present and have the power to affect your mood and outlook. She strives to inspire a life lived in peace and with respect to the environment. Elle exhibited ‘The Mirror’ at the recent Paypal MFF (2023).

John Hyunh

John Hyunh is an artist and shoe designer, currently working as a sneaker technician at Sneaker Laundry where he restores shoes.

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