A Butterfly, a Fan, an Egg & a Bottle...

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© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #55,  10" x 10", $100

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #55, 10″ x 10″, $100

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I’m participating in something called a “Folded Form Exchange” at the College Book Art Association’s meeting in January. The instructions I received were to submit an edition of thirty-three small, folded forms that will be housed in a 6″ x 9″ x 5″ paper box. In exchange, I will receive a collection of thirty forms from fellow contributors. Exciting! I’m sorry that I don’t have an image of what I created (yet), but it is a butterfly book. Above you see the remnants of the books, which I wove together (although I don’t think you can really call this weaving). The paper is elephant hide from Talas, and the marbled paper is one of Steve Pittelkow’s (doesn’t it look like he made it to match those papers? It was a happy accident, I swear).
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #56,  11" x 8", $100

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #56, 11″ x 8″, $100

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These paper strips are a marbled paper by Tom Leech, and I wove them with strips of a batiked paper that I made in a class with Patty Grass at the Newport Paper Arts Festival back in the 90’s. The technique was so much fun: we used a white kozo paper, parafin wax, and traditional tjanting tools to apply lines of wax which resisted the Rit dye that we brushed onto the paper over the wax. We repeated these two steps several times to create layers of color, and when the paper was dry, we ironed it between sheets of newsprint to remove excess wax.
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #57,  10" x 8", $100

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #57, 10″ x 8″, $100

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This is another van dyke print that I made on handmade abaca in a workshop I co-taught with Alyssa Salomon at Penland. It was such fun to combine images in the photographic process! The background didn’t print very well (there were some trees) but I think the weaving (featuring Graphic Product Corp/Black Ink’s Melook paper, which is 100% kozo with embedded strings, brings it to life.
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #58,  10" x 8", $100

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #58, 10″ x 8″, $100

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Do you remember the other bottle image that I created (paper weaving #38)? This project is so much fun because I can use the waste from one weaving for another! This weaving features three papers: a NYC subway map, a marbled abaca paper and a light blue abaca (the strips are leftovers from the colophon for my artists’ book, Handle With Care).

1 comment to A Butterfly, a Fan, an Egg & a Bottle…

  • Mary C Leto

    Just cant beleive you’ve made so many beautiful pieces …your commitment to the project is amazing. I love everyone but when seen as a whole series again amazing. I was tempted to try some of these weavings with my grandchildren – at their suggestion we used a paper grocery bag and wove in supermarket vegtable ads so the bag looked full of produce… it was wonderful. The children were surprised at their work..and I was glad to keep them occupied. -and the possibilites ! Thanks Helen for all you share. It is very much appreciated. Mary

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