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  • Readings State Library Palmer Hall, State Library of Victoria, Swanston street Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 (map)

Readings State Library and Craft present Sai-Wai Foo's A Life Between The Pages.

The windows of Readings bookshop at the State Library of Victoria will plays host to literary themed paper sculptures by Sai-Wai Foo through the month of August. 

Viewers will be transported into the world of well-loved literary classics via small scale sculptures using preloved copies of these manuscripts that have been gleaned from op-shops and flea markets. These tomes have transformed through pleating and manipulation of paper, the addition of the artisanal to create visual representations of these tales. That capture the magic and pleasure of the worlds that can be explored in the pages and the many lives that are lead. 

This series of works explore the parallels between the joys of reading and crafting, solitary pursues that allow the growth of ideas, a meditative quality and an escape from the mundane.

Sai-Wai Foo is a Melbourne based artist who works primarily with paper, her fashion design background influences and informs her practice. Her practice explores the use and repurposing of discarded unwanted items, subverting their original purpose to create a new object; by the touch of the hand-crafted. 

Sai-Wai’s practice seeks to question an item’s use through repurposing and with the addition of the artisanal, to imbue an item with a new value. Querying how things are used and ultimately discarded in our over-curated and insatiable consumer society.