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The visual appeal of handmade paper is captivating. I strive for creating art where the texture of the paper allows your eyes to feel the surface of a work. I use paper as a ceramicist would use clay. From beaten prepared cotton fiber pulp, I handcast or “spray” (through the use of a pulp sprayer) flat and sculptural works. These two processes give me an opportunity for a wide range of artwork from handcast sheets on a very large scale (4′ x 5′) to 3-dimensional pieces such as paper bowls or freestanding tall sculptures. When I create my works, I add a pigment to the pulp which makes for lush, rich colorful pieces. Materials such as leaves, sticks, spices, rope, glitter, threads, crystals, … just about anything that translates into texture can end up in my pieces. Additionally, I really love combining my prints with the unique qualities of paper to create textural collages.
The images I use originate from books, magazines, TV, video, objects themselves, and ideas that I’ve drawn on paper. I make transparencies of these images which are then used when exposing photosensitive emulsion on screens. These screens in turn are used during the printing process. The majority of my works are done in this fashion, and have been printed on paper but, I also print on fabric and roofing felt enabling my art to be hung outside.
When printing an edition, a work is conceptually “engineered” before printing, and printing is usually done in the traditional way through registration. Other works are “process” created. That is, as I print, I select screens I had for one or more different editions and use them without regard to registration. This creates a one-of-a-kind screen print; a “screened monoprint”. Another type of work I create is the “recycled” print. The fragments or pieces of several prints when collaged together produce a separate, unique print unto itself. All three types of prints are usually done concurrently while the screens are loaded with ink. In the end, the evolution of the prints can be just as fascinating as the product.
These small “Beings” are made of stone, scarabs, feathers, leather, gemstones, metallic threads and fibers. Each one is different and have their own personality. The stones come from all over the United States; from the Great Lakes reagion to the lava beds of the Southwest Painted Desert. Special symbols are drawn on the back of the stones. They measure from 3″ – 5″ long and 3/4″ – 1.25″ wide. Some are “shamans” others are angels. There are even some goddesses and wise women. Each one is distinct so will be slightly different than the picture shown below.
One-of-a-Kind Art Jewelry … Necklaces, earrings, and pins. Necklaces and earrings are created using sterling or fine silver with gemstones, glass beads and fibers. The Pins are crafted in two ways either as a fiber arts pin or crafted from recycled found objects. The Fiber Pins are made from fabric with metallic and silk fibers as well as glass beads, buttons, charms and feathers. The found object Pins are just simply a treat to examine and own!
Wire Wrapped Utensils
It’s just nice to have beautiful art around the your home and even more fun when they are functional. I have crafted serving pieces to use by taking stainless steel utensils and adorning them with luscious gemstones. I have an individual pie server or a fork and spoon set. Thses make wonderful gifts for a house warming or a nice hostess gifts for the holidays… you don’t have to know “sizes” to give these gifts!