The City of Rockingham, in partnership with publisher Twelfth Planet Press, is pleased to announce the first in a series of 4 paper art workshops throughout February and March 2013. Workshop, exhibition, and booking details are below:

It’s a publisher’s worst nightmare.

Award-winning Western Australian publisher, Twelfth Planet Press, was deeply disappointed when 300 copies of their latest release, the Kaaron Warren collection Through Splintered Walls came back with a significant printing error: the top line missing from every one of the book’s 185 pages!

With the book now re-printed, publisher and author were left with a faulty print run of beautiful, unreadable books. Instead of pulping them, Twelfth Planet Press approached the City of Rockingham with the idea of partnering with artists to create something meaningful, engaging, and thought-provoking.

Rather than pulping them, we want to turn these books into art.

The City of Rockingham is pleased to present a series of paper art workshops with accomplished artists Tusif Ahmad, Pam Langdon, Minaxi May, and Julie Hein, culminating in an exhibition of ‘recycled book’ art throughout the month of May 2013.

As well as learning a new suite of art-making skills, attendees at each workshop will receive copies of Through Splintered Walls, and will be encouraged to utilise the skills and techniques they learn to turn the books into artworks, which will be displayed at the Through Splintered Walls community art exhibition, to be held throughout May 2013.

The first of these workshops, ‘Paper Cutting with Tusif Ahmad’ is now open for registrations. See an example of Tusif’s work below.


Saturday 2 February 2013


Gary Holland Community Centre, cnr Kent Street & Flinders Lane

Cost: Free

Tusif Ahmad has been practicing pen and ink art work since childhood. As a teenager he was sketching and drawing; He was mainly interested in landscapes. He wanted to be an artist, and was drawn to creating scenery with pen and ink. He started producing paper-cutting pieces since migrating to Australia, and now produces delicate pieces of stunning beauty.

Tusif cuts positive and negative forces of life and love stories. He takes a piece of paper, visualizes a story, and removes those parts of the paper that are not part of that story. Love, peace, happiness and equality are the main messages throughout Tusif’s artwork.

In this workshop, Tusif will introduce participants to the skills, tools, and applications of paper cutting. Each participant will also receive copies of Through Splintered Walls to enable them to begin work on their artworks for the combined community exhibition in May.

To register, contact Lee Battersby, Coordinator Cultural Development & the Arts, on or 9528 0386. Due to materials, places are limited.