Paper 'Art of Thrones'

Paper 'Art of Thrones'

The Sunday Paper #106, May 8, 2016
Paper of the Week: Handmade Japanese-Style Paper with Stenciled Pulp

© Susan Mackin Dolan 2016, from the Designer Corn series, kozo with iris paper base, pigmented gampi stencilling

© Susan Mackin Dolan 2016, from the Designer Corn series, kozo with iris paper base, pigmented gampi stenciling


Artist Susan Mackin Dolan makes stenciled papers with adapted eastern papermaking techniques. In these works she combines Japanese fibers (kozo and gampi) with plant fibers from her own garden (iris) – look at the lovely feathered deckled edges. All of the black areas you see here are pigmented paper pulp that she creates as shaped sheets using stencils and laminates onto lighter-colored base sheets. Finally, she adds woodblock printing to complete the pieces.
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In the Studio:

I’m working on a new column for a craft magazine (more when the issue is published) and have been practicing my accordion folds and pleating. I love working with stained Tyvek!

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  • I’m in Seattle this week for the opening of the Just One Look Exhibition at the University of Washington, an exhibit of 32 new artists’ books on display in Special Collections in Allen Library through July 29, 2016. Each book in the exhibit was inspired by a text proposed, for the most part, by faculty from the UW Humanities departments including, Classics, English, Asian Languages, Germanics, Art History, Jewish Studies and Philosophy.  Oral stories from the Salish, Muslim and Latino cultures are also included. I’ll have photos soon!
  • San Diego Peeps: I’ll be in your neck of the woods November 5/6.
  • I’ve added another episode to the podcast series featuring Tatiana Ginsberg. That’s two in a row – you’ll have to wait a few weeks for the next episode, but in the meantime you can subscribe to the series called Paper Talk on iTunes.

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Congratulations to Jocelyn Chateauvert, paper artist extraordinaire, for winning the 2016 People’s Choice Award at Artfields 2016 in Lake City, SC. Her piece Invasive Species was created with some 1,200 sheets of handmade abaca in varying shades of translucency for approximately 300 morning glories. These ranged in size from 1 1/2” – nearly 6’ in diameter and invaded the Jones-Carter Gallery from walls to rafters covering about 55’ in length.
Jocelyn Chateauvert, "Paper in Bloom", Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa January 2014 through March 2014.
I will never tire of images like this of paper drying on moulds out in the sun. Nepalese factories producing handmade paper are making a comeback after being forced to remain out of the picture for more than a decade due to high production costs, shortage of raw materials, lack of manpower and the Maoist insurgency.
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In his ongoing series of 3D origami animal sculptures, Vietnamese artist Hoang Tien Quyet loves to use a special technique where he wets paper to create curves instead of the usual crisp, folded lines.
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This is a lovely video by Jackson Whelan about the evolution of papermaker and artist, Deborah Sharpe-Lunstead’s  paintings that lie within the sheets of paper themselves. View more of her work here.

Did you see the Game of Thrones intro that was created with 7,600 paper cutouts? It is actually a clever ad for Moleskine.
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1 Comment

  1. Jocelyn Chateauvert’s ascending paper, People’s Choice Award is gorgeous. The space she holds for the paper in the room is so light like a breeze I saw in the subway once when the train was coming in that blew tissues and pieces of plastic bags up into a lovely form!

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