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  • Glasgow


  • Arts and crafts
  • Education


  • Amateur
  • Educational


  • Annand, Louise


  • 1980s

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Reference number: 10226

Date: 1983

Director: filmed by Louise Annand

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 14.37 mins

Description: The artist Edith Simon in conversation and at work creating intricate 'scalpel paintings' from paper. The work featured in this film is 'The Descent', the sitter is Andrea Targett-Adams.

Scalpel paintings are also know as Paper-cut Bas Relief.

Papers held at National Library of Scotland Archive and Manuscripts Division Acc.13772. See also https://manuscripts.nls.uk/repositories/2/resources/19649

Article in 'Discover' magazine by curator Sally Harrower. Issue 35, Summer 2017 and also at http://www.edith-simon.com/files/National-Library-of-Scotland-article.pdf

http://www.edith-simon.com [last accessed 09/07/2020]

Credits: Scottish Educational Media Association, Glasgow Group
demonstration Edith Simon & commentary

camera Louise Annand, Richard Walker
sound David Millar
Scottish Educational Media Association, Glasgow Group

Shotlist: title and credits close up shots of artist Edith Simon creating a sculptural design of a woman descending a staircase in a stately home, using the medium of multiple layers of coloured card, cut out similar to stencil making, to make the design ecs (14.37)

[The work featured in this film is 'The Descent', the sitter is Andrea Targett-Adams]