Made by Brisbane artist Ros Mathers who has spent decades perfecting the ancient art of Paper Toling, shown to exquisite perfection in her pieces. Ros does only single unique originals, so each piece is a one off – the framing is created by a professional picture framer, who discusses in depth the options available to compliment the paper tote, creating an appreciative surround complimenting the art piece. Considering each piece can take up to 50 hours to create the finished work of the Paper Tote, the frame plays an interregal part of the finished piece.
Paper tole was very popular back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The art of paper tole seems to be fading away as time goes by. Paper Tole is the art of constructing a 3-dimensional image from a 2-dimensional print. There has been much speculation of the origins of the craft of Paper Tole, or 3-D Decoupage, as we know it today. Three dimensional paper tole is an interesting and exciting art and craft of depth and contour and perception. Five or six copies (and in some cases many more depending on the complexity) of the same print are used.
The art form has its origins in ancient Japanese paper creations and oriental lacquer work, Indeed oriental lacquer work formed the basis of the development of the 17th Century art form decoupage. The craftspeople of the day embedded designs into furniture by applying successive coats of lacquer, sometimes using 15 or 20 coats. Of more recent times the craft has been significantly refined to a wonderful level of artistry using advanced shaping and sculpturing methods. The craft as we know it today really developed in the 1930’s in the heartland of USA. During the hardships that was imposed on people during the Depression era, crafters had to be most innovative and make use of resources that were at hand.