Chrissie Heughan studied Fine Art (Hons) drawing and printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art, 1995. Whilst searching for interesting surfaces to print upon, she experimented with paper pulps and became absorbed with the making of and process of hand cast paper. The process underpinned work for her degree and making of paper for her prints and etchings, using richly dyed paper for a series of dynamic printed hangings.
Life 'after art school' started in 1996, when she was asked to run a series of paper making workshops for The Waverley Care Trust, for those affected by the HIV virus, eventually constructing a gigantic book of paper pieces of memories of the participants.
Chrissie set up her workshop/studio in 1997 at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
Since then Chrissie has run many workshops in papermaking for large variety of community groups, schools, Artlink Central and private tuition. She will give illustrated lectures and demonstrations of papermaking. Chrissie will be running paper making workshops from her studio at the new Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, The Bill Scott Sculpture Centre. This is a purpose built centre, opened officially on June 28, 2012.
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Other professional teaching has been with Edinburgh College of Art, including printmaking, mixed media, drawing and sketchbook work as well as papermaking.
Chrissie is an innovative artist/papermaker and her hand-constructed paper dominates her creative work in two and three-dimensional forms. She uses both Western and Eastern styles of paper formation, combining traditional and contemporary styles and techniques. The paper can be printed upon, folded and stitched, or the paper pulp may be cast into plaster moulds for 3D forms. Her preference is to cast large scale pieces outdoors by hand, enjoying the accidental elements that may arise.
Year Established: 1995
Invited artist, Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy.
Elected Professional Artist, Society of Scottish Artists, 1996.
Development Grant, Scottish Arts Council, 1999, to look at traditional block printing and paper making in India.
In 2001, residency in Mino, Japan along with five other international artists. Spent three months research into and making traditional Japanese papers.
Awards from Japan cultural Affairs.
Residency at the Vermont Studio Centre, Johnston, USA, in 2002 with support from the City of Edinburgh Visual Arts and Crafts Awards.
Professional Development Grant for bronze casting in 2005.
In 2006, exhibited in "Street Museum", International paper artists in Mino, Japan, with help from Scottish Arts Council/Japan.
Selected for 'Survey', contemporary sculpture from Scotland at Royal Scottish Academy in 2007.
Professional development at Royal Academy, Piccadilly, for ceramic shell bronze casting in 2007, with support from the Worshipful Company of Founders.
Professional Development Grant from Scottish Arts Council in 2010 for new works.