Mandy Coppes-Martin is a visual artist, working primarily with paper and pulp using fibres such as hemp,
sisal, cotton rag and silk.
Matriculating at the Johannesburg Art, Ballet and Drama School, Mandy went on to study Photography at the
Vaal Triangle Technikon and then began a diploma in Fine Art in 1993 at the former
Technikon Witwatersrand (now the University of Johannesburg). She then completed her Masters Degree in Fine Art (cum laude) in 2004. Mandy concentrated on the development of local and invasive plant fibres for the production of specialist papers for her research project. A study visit to Japan provided a framework for an alternative method of making paper using long fibres found in South Africa.
In Holland, Germany and Belgium, Mandy worked with various paper experts in three-dimensional paper-casting techniques and sheet production for the printmaking industry. She has been involved in various outreach and paper making training initiatives in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Germany and Belgium.
In 2012 Mandy became a full time artist producing work in paper and silk. Her works “Trembling Giant” and “Virgin Pulp” were awarded the runner-up prize in the Sasol New Signatures 2012 Art Awards. These 2 works are currently housed in the Sasol collection. Mandy’s first commercial solo exhibition was opened at Lizamore and Associates on the 2nd November 2013. Her new body of work incorporates crocheting with Shifu; paper thread and drawings in raw silk and paper pulp. She has exhibited in numerous group shows in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, as well as in Belgium and the Philippines.
Mandy Coppes–Martin lives in Johannesburg with her husband and 2 daughters and currently works from Nugget Square in Johannesburg, South Africa.