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.
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.