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First interest in hand papermaking process: 1986
First piece of handmade paper: 1986
First handmade paper artwork: 1987
Beginning of active practice: 1990
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Years teaching hand papermaking: 20
It all began when a printmaker teacher told me if I was interesting in making paper by hand, and gave me a book "Papel hecho a mano" argentinian author Lopez Anaya. At that time in Argentina, we couldnt get high quality papers from Fabriano, Guarro, Arches! So the story of me learning papermaking was following the most basic instructions of a book... I learn that I was able to do more than a regular sheet form, and I began to find the way of my art expression... and paper was the road to follow. At that time I was working for my thesis " Paper as an Art Expression" 1987 and I was fascinated discovering ways to use this material and incorporating 3d forms with prints on it, large panels made with paper relieves. Three years later I discover Vicky Sigwald and Alejandro Geiler 1991 Vicky Sigwald was the one who did the opening doors to all the people and organizations working on papermaking they where at that time, until that I thought I was the only one doing paper. Later Lawrence Barker and Jules Heller did a workshops in Mendoza, Argentina around 1991-92 I got involve with grants and fellowships to install the first papermill into an University in all Argentina at that time, from 1990 to 1993 . So with the grants we built a 7 kg hollander beater and did research about lasting high quality paper from local plants and rest of harvesting. I got the first prize, Gold Medal in drawing in the 6th Biennial Print&Drawing ExhibitionROC Taipei Taiwan, 1993-94 the drawing was made with a technique that I create with drawing in layers with transparent papers many times and many layers.Title of the work The Trap. Then I got a Fulbright-Laspau fellowship to do an MFA in Arizona State University, and Prof John Risseuw thought me a lot. I do large sheets of paper with incursions spreading the pulp over the mould with a big soup ladle and let it dry. The news is throught the researchs we did and the help of science researchers we arrive to the conclusion that lie and cloro and aluminum damage the molecular chain of the cellulose and the best way to cook fibers are like chinese did 2000 years ago, using ash from wood. I constantly tried to find methods and techniques to do art with this medium, I have many ways to do and many waiting to be discover.
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