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.
Phrag is everywhere. And that’s not exactly a good thing. Common reed (Phragmites Australis) is an invasive plant commonly found near waterways and especially near construction sites, ditched marshes, roadside ditches, and other disturbed sites. With such a plentiful fiber used in other areas of the world for papermaking with loaded environmental significance, I decided to process a handful of these monstrous plants into pulp and paper. Keep scrolling for directions on how I turned something unwanted into paper.
This past weekend, I was happy to teach the very first Papermaking class at the AS220 Print Shop, here in Providence, Rhode Island. The printshop folk were kind enough to let us invade the silkscreen area with vats of pulp, moulds & deckles, and some serious hand papermaking action.The class was sold-out, and enthusiastic students had a great day learning how to make paper by hand and create fantastic pulp paintings.
As freshly wet, handmade paper sheet dry, they have a life of their own. Helen Hiebert is an artist who creates small-scale sculptural work using the natural characteristics of drying paper. Take 10 minutes to witness the amazing process that happens as paper reacts to embedded objects and other restraints.