The Cutting Edge

New work by Joni Smith and Ruth Howes
2 May, 2019
Ruth Howes installation at Houghton Hall, 2019
Ruth Howes installation at Houghton Hall, 2019
Following a first degree in Loughborough (2002-2005) JONI SMITH went on to complete an MA at Norwich University of the Arts (2007) achieving a distinction in Textile Culture. Joni enhances and re-imagines the perceptual mapping out of a landscape on paper, playfully using collage and cutting techniques to create new associations between different map locations. Impeccably handcrafted, Smiths work encompasses drawing, paper cutting, painting installation and sculpture.
 Formosa, Formosa by Joni Smith

RUTH HOWES studied Fine Art, specialising in Sculpture on the respected course at Norwich School of Art graduating with First Class honours in 2000. Her paper cuts are made with an absolute economy of materials and indeed, by an intricate cutting process, even further diminishes the paper she works with; though the results are finely detailed and deftly finished. Enthused by Norfolk’s rich mix of architecture and a further exploration of the floor plans of extraordinary buildings (domestic and international), there is representation and abstraction in this new work of extraordinary ‘power houses’ and their human connections.

Houses of Parliament, Flawed Plan and Houghton Hall Lines of Desire, both by Ruth Howes

About the author

Paul Vater, Director of Contemporary and Country

Paul Vater

Paul conducts studio visits to maintain strong relationships with artists, designers and craftspeople who show their work with us. He manages the main C&C website and has developed the online shop where selected works are presented for sale.


Paul established his design company, Sugarfree, in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for delivering fresh, effective marketing campaigns and brand identities for clients including Save the Children Fund, United Nations Association and UNHCR. Over the years those added to the roster include IPC Magazines, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse, Barbican Centre, Arts Marketing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Paddington Waterside, BBC Worldwide, Commonwealth Foundation, Prestel, City of London Corporation, Baker Street Quarter, Victoria BID and the University of East Anglia.