The rooftop of Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) Centre in Kuala Lumpur, will soon show off paper art in a plethora of colours – 50 shades, to be exact… but vibrant, not grey.
Commemorating the launch of Colorplan in Malaysia, this event co-curated by paper merchant RJ Paper and Design Union, brings together local artists, designers and creative icons in featuring installations and environmental art pieces, including wall art and windmills in all colours of the rainbows.
“When RJ Paper approached us with the opportunity to launch this paper range in Malaysia, we set out to create something that could inspire not only the creative industry but also the general public. We knew this was an incredible opportunity to show off the diverse colours of Colorplan paper and how it could be used beyond printing,” says Cliff Leong, The Alphabet Press co-founder.
Design Union was co-founded by Leong, Zeejay Wong and Fidella Ch’ng of The Alphabet Press, and risograph printing studio A Good Reason, founded by Chai Suek Mei and Driv Loo.
Colorplan, an iconic range of premium uncoated coloured paper and boards first introduced in 1972 in Britain, was inspired by the explosion of colour in popular culture.
“It was a pioneering paper range which had a scope and scale that was, up till then, simply unheard of with 50 vibrant colours, 25 embossings and eight weights. In the hands of creative designers and forward-thinking printers, Colorplan changed the landscape of printed communications,” he adds.
All artwork featured in this show are created using Colorplan paper, with a thinking-out-of-the-box approach to creation and pushing the limits of paper use. The local designers and artists involved are: Evermore Flower, a paper installation design studio founded by Wai Yan and Mandy specialising in handcrafted paper flowers; paper artist Ceres Lan who creates carved paper sculptures; brocolage artist Leo So aka Leoreason who calls himself a janitorial graphic designer; Bo&Friends’s Kamwei Fong who brings his whimsical goldfish character, Bo, to life in various forms; and fictionists Joanne Chew and Inez Tan who specialise in multi-disciplinary platforms involving the “birth of an idea”.
“In keeping with the ‘Celebrate Diversity’ theme for the Colorplan launch, our design ideas revolved around colours, diversity and movement,” explains Chai.
“Therefore, each installation is a conversation between design and craft that showcases the variety of colours and weights of Colorplan.”
Visitors can create your very own Colorplan card or check out paper marbling art by Hooey (@wearehooey) at this event. There will also be a Paper Flower Workshop by Evermore Flower on April 2 which covers the fundamentals of making a paper rose using free-hand folding, cutting and shaping techniques.
The Colorplan Malaysia launch will be held at PAM Centre in Bangsar on April 1 and 2. Open: 11am to 6pm. Facebook: Design Union.