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North East artist wins big US hotel contract

  • Date: 30 September 2011
  • Area: North
Artist standing next her origami sculptures

Artist Yvette Hawkins. Credit: Colin Davison

North East based contemporary artist, Yvette Hawkins, has won a significant contract to supply a hotel in the USA with almost 3,000 pieces of her work.

Yvette studied Fine Art at Newcastle University, graduating in 2007. Since then, Yvette has been developing and exhibiting her exceptional version of origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Using unwanted books, mostly supplied by local charity shops, she has made a name for herself by creating unusual sculptures which have incorporated anything from one to a thousand books.

Yvette was selected as the Supported Artist by Globe Gallery, a Newcastle based Arts Council regularly funded organisation in 2010. It was during this time that an Interior Design company approached her from California, who had seen her artwork on etsy.com, an international online marketplace for designers and artists. They asked her if she was interested in sending a proposal for them to consider in conjunction with two or three others from California based contemporary artists.

This successful and lucrative contract has allowed Yvette to give temporary employment to four other graduate students who assisted her in the creation of her art, and empowered and assured by her success, she has now left her job for life as a full time artist.

The complete consignment of almost 3000 individual pieces has now arrived in California to be individually framed and displayed in each of the hotel's 983 rooms. Yvette is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see her art vying for attention amongst the roulette and poker tables of Atlantic City.

For further information go to Yvette's website and Globe Gallery