a folk artist and papermaker living in Knoxville, TN
November 2020 Show and Opening
Paper in 3-Dimensions
My show at the Emporium Center in Knoxville, TN has opened and will be up for the month of November 2020. The show is in a glass display case near the front of the emporium. These pieces will be listed on http://www.knoxalliance.store for sale or you can contact me directly. Thanks for looking. This show also has a pinup if the first postcards received for my mail in contest, postcardsarepaper.art. I am administering this show on behalf of IAPMA and the deadline for submissions is 12/31/2020. See the website for details and photos of the cards received.
Concept for November exhibit
To many artists, paper is considered as a flat surface waiting to receive an image, line, or thought. It is used as a backdrop. However, paper can also be an artistic medium in its own right and can be used to produce sculptural and three dimensional shapes.
Paper is generally defined as derived from plant based cellulose fiber, processed into a pulp with large amounts of water to separate the individual fibers, and then entwine during the forming and drying processes. Proper preparation of the pulp will also promote chemically bonding between like fibers, further strengthening the resulting paper.
The wet pulp and can be formed over a screen as sheets, cast, stretched over forms, molded with stencils, or built into 3 dimensional shapes when wet or after drying. In addition, non-paper objects can be embedded into the paper as it is formed.
Different papers are quite varied; some papers are strong or weak, some are soft or hard, absorbent or non-absorbent, some have good wet strength for handling, some are difficult to form into fine features, and some have high or low shrinkage as they dry. All these characteristic affect the outcome of any paper forming technique.
The paper in this exhibit represents many of the techniques for forming three dimensional paper objects, including pouring, casting, stenciling, wet forming, dry forming, and embedding objects. I have adapted these for my studio and have tried various types of paper pulp with them. And in the process, I have discovered what helps me produce my artistic vision.
My introduction to paper making came from my work as an automotive engineer, which included a cellulosic biofuel project with a commercial paper mill. I found that I was actually more interested in the paper than the biofuel. This led me to purchase papermaking books, to take papermaking classes, to visit other paper mills, and to visit paper artists. I find that papermaking combines art, materials, chemistry, and equipment in a way that fits my interests and background. About 2 years ago, I embarked on setting up a complete papermaking studio and was able to build all the necessary equipment.
My focus for this show is three dimensional paper. In the near future, I am shifting to the production of larger sheet paper, up to about 2 x 4 feet. I am also working in collaboration with other artists and working to further develop my own artistic style. I consider myself fortunate to have the freedom for this exploration.