This residency was the initial step towards making rockfall sculptures on a monumental scale. At the Awagami Paper Factory’s Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper I experimented with papermaking to accomplish three objectives: First, I worked to create paper specifically engineered to allow me to increase the scale of the paper forms. Second, I experimented to create unique stone-like surface textures only possible through the papermaking process. Third, I aimed to learn the particulars of the Japanese handmade papermaking processes with the goal of teaching a papermaking class in the printmaking area of the University of Kansas Visual Art Department.
To the left are photos of the area around the town of Yamakawa and the Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper and Museum the Awagami Paper Factory. From the top left and continuing clockwise:
1. The Yoshinogawa River, Yamakawa, Tokushima, Japan
2. The Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper and Museum
3 & 4 The working areas of inside the Hall