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Leicestershire Artist, Joy Norman, is set for take-off at East Midlands Airport for the second time this summer. Joy has been chosen to display another collection of her work, at the airport’s DepARTures art gallery after being previously selected to display her ‘Sea Dreams’ exhibition from June to August this year. This new collection will be on show for three months from 5th September 2013.

The judging panel were unanimous in their selection of Joy’s ‘Creature Feature’ collection – a group of handmade paper works inspired by butterflies, dragonflies and fantastic mythical creatures. DepARTures is an exciting scheme offering local artists the opportunity to showcase their work to the 4.3 million passengers who travel through East Midlands Airport each year. This scheme has already proved to be a great success with a wide variety of different artists displaying their talent in various mediums. Says Joy, ‘I’m absolutely thrilled – it’s a fabulous opportunity for me to show my work in such an amazing space. When I deliver the collection I have to take my passport – and my work is going to be scanned by the x-ray machines!’

As a Mixed Media artist, Joy has been producing framed work, wall hangings, and sculptural shapes for 25 years, from her attic studio in Blaby. Using self-recycled paper pulp, Joy creates beautiful, textured paper works with techniques such as inlay, impression-making and free-motion embroidery. In many of her works, she incorporates fragments of vintage lace, organic items and found objects, using them to build up the artwork in relief. ‘Fossils and sea life have always fascinated me; I love creating fish and other-worldly fantasy creatures life with scales, spines and trailing tendrils’, said Joy. ‘I choose names for my works that have a meaning individual to each of them; names such as ‘Nerice’, which is a variant of ‘Nerine’, from the Greek, meaning ‘from the sea’.

She’s currently working on more inspiration for her ‘Paper Dreams’ exhibition – her biggest solo show yet, at Snibston Discovery Museum, Coalville, from 14th September 2013 to 26th October 2013.

‘Nerice’, handmade paper work by Joy Norman.

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