The month of February is all about paper. This Friday the exhibit Pulp opens at LibertyTown Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The show features a range of paper works by artists from around the globe. Imagine paper books, sculptures, prints, and clothing... My book What Lies Beyond was selected and I am excited to be part of this far-reaching exhibit.
Meanwhile I am taking a paper making class this month, at the University of Virginia paper studio. We meet every Sunday afternoon to learn how to make paper from natural fibers and textile rags. The class is organized by the Virginia Arts of the Book Center, and the teachers and classmates are all practicing artist in a variety of fields, enriching the experience with their knowledge and enthusiasm.
My paper making journey began last summer, when I took a workshop with Velma Bolyard and Aimee Lee at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland (more about that here). Some of the flax papers I made in that class were used for What Lies Beyond. I love this process and the beauty of the resulting handmade papers. Next I need to figure out how to practically incorporate paper making into my own art practice.
Amendment 2/9/2015: I learned that What Lies Beyond won third place among the works included in Pulp. I am thrilled. I did not attend the opening, but plan to see the exhibit this week and I will post images asap.