Kaper is the business name of Kate Kelly, a paper artist and print maker based in Manchester, England.
Kate's love of print making began on her foundation course when she was 18. It was the first time she had ever used a printing press and she found it such a joy to build on drawings with textures and patterns. After her degree in Design: Crafts, she began designing paper sculptures, incorporating screen printing techniques. She's been making animals ever since.
Every part of the process is done by hand and it is a lengthy process from sketch to sculpture.
Kate begins with doodles in her sketch book, before working out a template for a three dimensional design. This is her favourite part: working out the maths, armed with sellotape and a protractor. Once happy with the shape, she prints the template onto 300 gsm recycled watercolour paper. She then uses a blank silk screen to draw individual patterns and textures onto the paper. This process ensures each sculpture is unique. Once dry, the prints are cut out by hand and glued together. Once built, the sculpture may require extra embellishments, such as feathery hair dos or steel wire feet. They are then varnished with a UV protective lacquer and finished with diamante eyeballs.
Kate's favourite part of the process is designing, so new fellas are constantly being added to the menagerie. She has been in business for 12 years and participates in exhibitions and shows across the country. She also has an open studio in Manchester, which you are very welcome to visit when you’re in town.