basket sculpture #1

My time at WSW was incredibly productive and restorative. The community of artists, instructors, staff and interns were all insightful and warm. Amazing things go on at WSW! I was honored to have Kirstin Demer, a handpapermaker and bookbinder, as my instructor. I learned how to make paper from abaca, flax and thai kozo. Exploring different techniques of working with paper pulp to create and manipulate form was a completely new addition to my skill set.  Using basket reed to construct the form/armature, I wove a sort of basket or what could possibly be a lampshade. I dipped it a couple times into the flax pulp which when dry, builds up a sort of skin-like web between the reed and open spaces also adding to the strength of the form. I then pulled sheets of paper and covered various sections. Light passing through this piece produces wonderful patterns. This is a pic of the first one I made in the preliminary stage.

basket skeleton made of reed dipped in flax pulp, approx 16"x16"x12"

Published by jaz graf

artist and curator

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