Gaza the stone paper deer … last seen in the wilds of the botanical gardens, Montreal, QC
These past few months I have had the opportunity to experience the lighthearted genius of Montreal artist Danielle Roy of ROYBOX, the fabrication skills of Michael Curry of Michael Curry Design, world class musicians, dancers, performers and the most extraordinary citizens of Montreal who have participated in workshops to create Terra Karnaval.
In July Terra Karnaval founder Danielle Roy and Benoit Milord contacted me to ask about using the stone paper for a community Art outreach project into several neighborhoods of Montreal.
Danielle Roy, a co founder of Juste pour Rire has created “Les Arts de la rue” for the Just for Laughs festival. Read her biography.
Under her leadership for the past 6 years Terra Karanaval has been growing with support from greats like Guy Laliberte of Cirque de Soleil, fashion Icon Jean Paul Gaultier, Michael Curry to name a few.
Danielle has developed a very magic formula for healing and drawing communities together through the sentiments of connection and possibility, participation and excellence through the actions of art, theater and of course a parade! She attracts excellent talent and support, has a rich imagination and a generous great heart on her side. Benoit Milord was seduced by the energy of the artist and joined the project in May 2012.
The production this past weekend called À l’Orée des bois was held outdoors in the heart of the Montreal Botanical Gardens.Telling the story of mythical forest creatures it was a combination of both a show and a parade with high end performers, several hundred participants (amazing Montrealers -sometimes whole families!- that had volunteered and rehearsed endlessly to be in the show) all linked by dance, song and delightful surprises for all.
Where did the rock paper come in? She wanted to design with the stone paper – costumes, props, moving creatures like a mythical deer ! Danielle asked we meet and talk about the properties the paper and if it would work for her plans. It Did!
She presented her modern art fairy tale À l’Orée des Bois to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) and Space for Life, telling them that costumes and characters would be done from a simple cutting of paper leaves … of the TERRA SKIN PAPER. A great asset to the project being water resistant it was a perfect choice as an all weather eco multimedia paper for an outdoor event.
Danielle has thousands of leaves cut of the rock paper
Leaves became costumes…
Leaves became birds
Gaza the stone paper deer ( a mere 14 feet tall!) helped with every decision.
people found themselves changing…
dress rehearsal begins!
Danielle at the helm!
Stone paper leaves became lotuses that float in the reflecting pond
Gaza sniffs the air and knows adventure is stirring!
to see how this all turns out see Part 2.
- 10,12,14 & 16 pt TerraSkin
- Water resistant
- Tough tear resistant
- Marks well with most mediums
- Wet or dry
- Clean cutting
- No grain or curl
- No paper cuts ... ever