During my four week residency I made sixty 30 x 48 inch sheets of unique paper, divided into four general colors, brown, grey, orange and blue. I experimented with kozo and sulphite fibers, the layering of mulptiple thin layers of paper in a single sheet, a variety of ways to create textures, and a range of dyes. The result is paper that is thick and rigid enough to support its own weight with a surface that suggests the surface of stone.
The next step is to screenprint the linear images of the 26 stones seen in the previous rockfall sculptures, hand-cut each stone, and assemble a large-scale installation. The work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the The Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper and Museum in the summer of 2012.
The photos on the left feature me at certain stages of making unique paper sheets. From the top left and continuing clockwise:
1. Pouring pulp into the mold.
2. Applying dye to the blue base sheet.
3. Using a spray of water to create texture on a thin sheet of kozo.
4. Couching the thin sheet of kozo on the blue base sheet