“A weed is simply a plant whose virtues has not been discovered” Ralph Waldo Emerson In anticipation of the exhibit, Micrographia, at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, in Fall 2016 at I had the pleasure of paging through two copies of Theatrum Botanicum, one at UNC’s Wilson Library Rare Books Room and the second … More Micrographia Exhibit at Univ. of Iowa
In Fall of 2015, I was invited by the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa to create a book art related work based on an early Scientific book that would be chosen for me. To research this project, I had the pleasure of paging through two copies of Theatrum Botanicum, one at UNC’s … More Researching “Theatrum Botanicum” for the exhibit “Micrographia”
In the spring of 2012, I made a very particular type of abaca paper for the artist, Susan Harbage-Page. She asked me to make sheets of translucent abaca that she could bring with her to Italy to make drawings on. We discussed the idea of perfection vs. imperfection in sheets of paper. In my … More Artist collaboration with Susan Harbage-Page
I created an edition of 150 handmade paperworks as part of the Hand Papermaking portfolio “Handmade Paper: Fiber Exposed” which will be published in 2012. The project began as a very worn linen bedsheet, which was turned into pulp. I wanted the finished sheet to have the look and feel of old linen, so I … More “Linens” edition for the HP portfolio
I was lucky to work on a fine press edition book project in the winter of 2010-11 called “Southern Fictions” a book of poems by Kathryn Stripling Byer, published by Jacar Press in an edition of 100 chapbooks. I collaborated with Dave Wofford (of Horse and Buggy Press) to produce the cover paper. He designed, … More “Southern Fictions”
Green flax and cotton paper, colored with mixtures of turquoise and yellow-green pigments, coated with walnut dye and gelatin sizing. Some sheets are crumpled for more irregular patterning. and below….small sheets of translucent, overbeaten abaca with imbedded spring plants, like daffodils and buds. Some are pale green or yellow. Approximately 8 1/2 x 11″.
A Chronicle of Green Paper, Part One First step, coated flax paper with bright green pigment! Let the papers dry outside. These are handmade from a mixture of flax and cotton fiber (4:1) and spur-dried, which leaves them with a nice toothy surface. After they are fully dry, i either leave them flat (relatively) … More