Busy making frames for two of my Cornish handmade paper reconstructions that have been accepted into the next show at the Foundry Art Centre, "Paper Work: In, On and Of Paper V" in St. Charles, MO. Decided to change the style of frame I usually make for my drawings and paintings to show less wood on the face which visually now feels lighter. The two pieces that will be in the show are hanging over my left shoulder on this pix from my July 24, 2010 post.
At the time of the Main Street Art Gallery Show, I had decided to hang each piece without a frame, but the change in humidity continually caused the paper to move, curl, relax, then move again. The constant shifting made me a bit anxious and very unsatisfied with the overall presentation. Thus, I mounted each piece to foamcore with tabs of kozo mulberry paper. But that alone still did not satisfy my desire to put a box, or line, or frame around this body of work. When the framing is complete, I'll post a few more photos. The show at the Foundry opens March 11and runs through April 30, 2011 with the artists' opening from 6-8pm on March 11.
After remodeling the kitchen last summer; sorting, purging, packing, and painting the entire kitchen and 2nd floor; reorganizing two attic storage spaces; installing 2 skylights on the second floor; refinishing the stairs; setting up a guest bedroom; and reorganizing the contents of three studios into one ... the new dry studio is FINALLY a reality.
And what a difference it makes working in a dry, warm environment in the winter. And what a winter we have had here in Edwardsville!! I am beginning to think we have returned to living in Upstate New York again. The wet papermaking studio is still in the basement and will be remodeled and reorganized when (or if) the snowy weather ever breaks. At least the first and second floors are now bright and welcoming.
Kitchen Remodel 2010
With almost everything in the studio in place, the Cornwall "Tin Mines and China Clay" series of handmade paper constructions continues. The only good thing about a frozen world outside the studio window, is that the garden does not yet beckon me to come out and play. The same can not be said for my little dog, Dommino.
Having been an illustrator, art educator, and an avid gardener for many years, I have always been drawn to aerial views of land, maps, rivers, soil, and organic systems. Experimenting with handmade plant fiber paper is a culmination of that attraction to texture and natural materials. By combining my papers with ephemera collected along the way, my work layers history, meaning, and place into objects that are no longer lost or mis-placed, but reconstructed and transformed.