March 2024:

Painted paper-maché sculptures by Julia Townsend:

The Nuclear Flower Series: acrylic painted on paper-maché pulp, over wire and styrofoam armature, plaster and cement base

Running Man – paper-maché, paper pulp, over armature, plaster of paris base

Student work – teenagers


Visit to find out more about where the yarn comes from.


The Peanut Factory announces a series of monthly workshops for 2024, beginning with a hands-on papermaking workshop with artist Sarah Ann Austin MFA, founder of the Legacy Prints and Paper Studio:

Sarah Ann Austin is a Raleigh based mixed media artist who makes historical photographic prints onto her hand crafted cotton rag, abaca, and kozo papers. Sarah Ann’s technical and historical knowledge of traditional crafts is used in her everyday practice creating paper, prints, brushes, installations, and art objects that wonderfully capture the depth and many uses of natural resources.

“My work explores the complex relationships between craft culture and fine art through process and conceptual parallels of memory and object recognition. I’m drawn to objects that hold a memory space of my childhood trauma. I see them as objects that can link to a collective past. I reconfigure these objects through historical photographic methods with both contemporary and traditional papermaking techniques. In creating photograms of objects, I am capturing their distinct likeness and reclaiming them into new images that are beautifully and ornamental.”

Born in Flint, Michigan, Sarah Ann Austin received a BFA in Visual Communications and Studio Art from The University of Michigan and a MFA in Studio Art focusing in All forms of Photography, Sculpture, and Papermaking at the University of Alabama. She has taught at universities and community centers since 2012 and has exhibited her Art in various group and solo exhibitions throughout nationally including: the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Flint Institute of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Oklahoma Museum of Modern Art, Gadsden Museum of Art, Bradley University, Un. of Michigan Museum of Art to name a few. Sarah Ann has received grants and fellowships from Ohio Arts council, FotoFocus, Society for Photographic education, AL Arts Council, University of Michigan, University of Alabama, Greater Flints Arts Council, United Arts Council and more. You can learn more about Sarah Ann’s work with non-profits and upcoming classes at the Crafts Center at NC State, Artspace NC, Art-For-All, Baltimore Clayworks, and with Raleigh Arts on her website and Instagram