December 23, 2018
Happy Holidays Everyone!
I have long been fascinated with the multitude of ways that one sheet of paper can be transformed. Here’s a tree I’ve been engineering over the past couple of weeks. It is made from one sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ French Paper. When I interviewed Hedi Kyle & Ulla Warchol on Paper Talk, they told me about this company that still manufactures paper right here in the US. I bought their Sample Pack Multi-Pack, which contained 337 sheets of 8-1/2″ x 11 papers in a variety of colors and textures. It was totally worth the $30!
In the Studio
I am nearing completion of my next artist’s book, Prism. It’s been fun doing research about color and light (not to mention making over 600 sheets of handmade paper. Okay. Not so fun). Did you know that Isaac Newton discovered the color spectrum by watching light filter through a prism? And he came up with seven colors in the rainbow because he thought they related to the octave in music. I’ve created a few more colors in between the seven hues, for a total of 24. This image shows Newton’s color wheel (disassembled) in my quest for the perfect cover for my book. Stay tuned!
Frozen ink! An appropo story for winter… Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art, A selection of paintings, poetry and calligraphy spans a millennium of tradition and creativity in East Asian art, is currently on view at the Portland Art Museum in Portland. What caught my eye was this calligraphic painting made with frozen ink! This actually spells a Japanese word… can you read it? If not, the translation is at the link.