Fremantle: Recycling newspapers turned into art

Josh Flintoff (Karrinyup) with his and Courtney’s artwork (right). Courtney Smith was absent. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Josh Flintoff (Karrinyup) with his and Courtney’s artwork (right). Courtney Smith was absent. Photo: Martin Kennealey

IT’S not just artwork for Josh Flintoff and Courtney Smith who are opening their exhibition Purposeful PaperArt Exhibition on Saturday July 21 at Bitches Brew Artspace in Fremantle.

The two artists living with autism use newspapers to create their work.

Josh said he and Courtney are both really good at recycling.

“ I want to be sure the paper art is colourful,” he said.

“It doesn’t take too long to make.”

The Karrinyup resident said he likes all types of paper art.

“I feel happy because the exhibition is something I did,” he said.

“I do my best, I hope people will feel impressed.”

Josh’s mum, Deb Flintoff, said both her and Courtney’s mother Del both enjoy the entire process seeing the artwork being created.

“It has made such a positive difference to Josh and Courtney’s lives, doing what they enjoy,” she said.

“To Del and I seeing the focus and pride on Josh and Courtney’s faces when they are engaged in their paper art makes the whole process worthwhile.

“The general feedback has been overwhelmingly warm and positive so we can only assume the artwork makes people feel happy.”

THE ESSENTIALS:

WHAT: Purposeful PaperArt Exhibition

WHEN: Saturday July 21 to Saturday July 28

WHERE: Bitches Brew Artspace in Fremantle