Questions with Creatives: Mutsuko Bonnardeaux
Paper Maker & Collage Artist
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Mutsuko Bonnardeaux (b.Tokyo, Japan) I am a paper maker and collage artist. My most recent creative endeavours include; exhibiting work at WA Museum Boola Bardip as part of their History Collection and obtaining a private studio space here at Goolugatup Heathcote.
How did you get into what you do?
I lived up North for 10 years in Kununurra; a town in far northern Western Australia located at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley. The experience of living in Kununurra as a foreigner encouraged me to honour my Japanese heritage and culture through art making. I began this process by learning basic paper making techniques from a local teacher and then went on to learn traditional Japanese paper making from professionals in Japan. During this time I entered my work into two art prizes in Kununurra and Broome and to my amazement I won both of them! This encouraged me to further develop and refine my art form of working with Japanese paper making methods and collage to produce unique artworks with a Western painting perspective. I also incorporate commercially made 100% acid free paper for body, building etc.
What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?
It's not easy to stay motivated all the time, but I am always able to find inspiration from nature, observing people and buildings/architecture, visiting exhibitions, talking to other artists and reading books and art magazines.
What are your words of wisdom for someone starting out in your field?
Be curious, observe your surroundings, and think of different ways to express your observations and feelings into your art form.