A renowned papercutting artist is set to give Prohibition cool a new twist – by showing New Yorkers how to make their own miniature pop-up speakeasies.
Boo Paterson – whose publication, Papercut This Book, is set to become a world-wide smash – is encouraging even art novices to take part in her ‘craft & cocktails’ event at the Ace Hotel New York Lobby Bar.
She explains: “I’ve made it so that those who think they have no artistic ability at all can make these cool pop-ups and have great fun doing it.
“Pop-ups like this originate from the European craze for toy theaters in the late 19th centurywhere families would put on their own productions and replicate popular shows of the day in miniature.
“I’ve switched the vibe from Victorian England to 1920s New York and although these creations look very delicate, the speakeasies fold completely flat – because we all know how much space-saving New Yorkers have to do in their apartments!
“Those taking part even get to decorate the artwork so that it has their personal stamp on it. Each one will be a unique tiny work of art.”
The event takes place on Sunday Sept 23, from 4-6pm, and Ace Hotel New York Lobby Bar will be serving delicious cocktails to help everyone get into the 1920s spirit.
Paterson first discovered Manhattan’s speaks when she was a music manager in the city nearly a decade ago.
She says: “I managed jazz musicians and consequently spent a lot of time at gigs in speakeasies. Now I’ve returned to being an visual artist, I wanted to pay homage to my favorite hideouts by making an evocative pop-up that people could have fun creating.”
A former circus ringmaster, Paterson – who has just been shortlisted in the World Illustration Awards for the second time – adds: “My aim is to show that art is a learned skill – anyone can do it and enjoy the feeling of achievement and relaxing benefits from it.”
- Make Your Own Pop-Up Speakeasy – $45 for 2-hour class. Cocktails not included. Ace Hotel New York Lobby Bar, 20 West 29th St, Manhattan. See boopaterson.com to book.