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Susan Kristoferson specializes in surface design processes on paper such as itajime (Japanese fold, clamp, and dye) and hand painted paste papers, She lives and works in Turner Valley, Alberta, in Canada, on hilltop with a view of the foothills and Rockies along with her husband and a small farm of chickens and sheep. Kristoferson is inspired by the long-distance view from her home and studio where she creates unique landscape “paintings” and abstract images using the papers she has made, painted, dyed, and collected during the past 40+ years.
We talk about the papers Kristoferson uses, her techniques, and the way she uses them to create collaged landscapes.
Kristoferson also specializes in itajame, a Japanese dying technique.
She uses every bit of her decorative sheets. Here she is making paper beads.
Susan Kristoferson’s recommendations:
- Karen McCarthy is an artist in the Boston area, who is creates inventive decorative papers and artwork.
- Lauren Polarro is an artist in Maine who makes paper jewelry and collages.
- A Year in Painting, by Matthew Langley
- Chromatopia, An Illustrated History of Colour by David Coles
- Sumi art paper by Yasutomo & Company for paper dyeing
- Paper for dyeing from Washi Arts
- Mohawk superfine text weight paper for paste papers
Visit Susan Kristoferson’s website to learn more about her work.
Music featuring excerpts of Makin’ Paper folk song by Peter Thomas. Listen to the full song and find out about other paper and book arts folk songs.
Gary A. Hanson did the sound editing for this episode. He practices and refines his skills in audio production while making his own podcast I’ll Have a Beer and Talk, a show about tech news, culture, weird animal stories and of course, beer. Gary is also the Deckle in Pulp & Deckle, a Portland-based community hand papermaking studio.