This past August, I completed a week-long Artist in Residence program with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation where I hiked, drew, identified plant species, and made handmade paper on site from responsibly collected materials.
For the month of August, I was invited to install a site-specific papermaking installation at Sprout Gallery. Sprout is a cool co-working space, located in Rising Sun Mills in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Matter of Tides is an immersive art installation of handmade paper, inspired by shoreline detritus and plant ecologies of the Narragansett Bay.
Recently, I finished a public art project that involved nearly 200 Rhode Island seniors and CareLink staff members in the creation of handmade paper books.
The Mind’s Eye: Natural Places in Paper was created in honor of CareLink’s 20th Anniversary. Inspired by natural places, this project used paper pulp made from local plants to create circular book pages—25 books that are 20 pages long. Residents and staff were asked to think of outdoor places they have been, and something they enjoyed about their natural place, and create ‘paper pulp paintings’ and writings in response. Their memory was as simple as the ocean water surface, trees in full bloom, or the perfect blue sky.
This past June, you would have found me teaching papermaking at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, which is a fantastic organization in the Washington D.C. area. For 3-days, a full class learned how to making pulptypes and cast collagraphs with pulp.
It’s a wonderful thing to come upon a new papermaking technique in your studio, and then have the opportunity to share it with other artists.
This summer and last summer, I’ve taught ‘Pulptypes: Hybrid Papermaking and Printmaking’ at Women’s Studio Workshop, located in New York’s Hudson Valley region. Their Summer Art Institute program invites instructors to teach week-long intensives in their beautiful paper and print studios.
Finally, I’m sharing these photos! This past spring and fall, I had the pleasure of teaching a few papermaking workshops at Snow Farm Craft Program, at their beautiful New England campus located in Williamsburg, Massachusetts (I highly recommend taking a workshop there, if you can!).
This past fall, I was happy to work with my friend and artist Megan Singleton on a hand papermaking exhibition, which included two new collaborative works. Ebb and Flow was on display at the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association in Springfield, IL from September to October 2016.
In or around the Providence, Rhode Island this January? I’m happy to announce an installation of new papermaking artwork at the Paperworks downtown storefront.
On view are 6 handmade paper works. Each has a portion of previously made works (ranging from cast pulp prints, silkscreen prints, seaweed books, river mud books) embedded in transparent abaca fiber.
More interesting, in this alternative space, it was exciting to view these as 2-sided works. Depending on the lighting and time of day, these paper pieces transform dramatically. I’m still planning on stopping by a few more times to see how they change!