Dianne L. Reeves

Address1103 S. 3rd Street
CityAustin
State/ProvinceTexas
Postal Code78704-2301
CountryUSA
Phone Number512/447-2565
E-mail Addressdlr4art@basicisp.net
Websitenull

First interest in hand papermaking process: 1982

First piece of handmade paper: 1982

First handmade paper artwork: 1984

Beginning of active practice: 1982

Dianne L.'s Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses papermaking for three-dimensional work

Dianne L.'s Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Classroom instruction

Influences on Dianne L.'s Work in Hand Papermaking:

Minor

Publications initially important to Dianne L.:

  1. Japanese Papermaking : Timothy Barrett
  2. Papermaking : Dard Hunter
  3. Plant Fibers for Papermaking : Lillian A. Bell
  4. Handmade Paper: A Practical Guide to Oriental and Western Techniques : Sheril Cunning
  5. Washi : Sukey Hughes

Publications eventually important to Dianne L.:

  1. Plant Fibers for Papermaking : Lillian A. Bell
  2. Handmade Paper: A Practical Guide to Oriental and Western Techniques : Sheril Cunning

Countries where Dianne L.'s studied:

  1. Denmark : John Roome, et al., of South Africa
    1. hands-on workshop
  2. Italy : IAPMA
    1. demonstration
    2. visit to mill or artist studio
  3. Australia : Katherine Nix
    1. hands-on workshop
    2. demonstration
    3. visit to mill or artist studio
  4. Switzerland : IAPMA
    1. hands-on workshop
    2. demonstration
    3. visit to mill or artist studio

Raw materials used by Dianne L. in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. abaca - purchased fiber
  2. other fiber : Texas kozo (mulberry); lemongrass; ginger; ashe juniper; yucca

Chemicals used by Dianne L. for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Rarely

Tools and methods used by Dianne L. for beating in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
  1. Hollander beater
  2. blender
Used Rarely

Style of sheet forming used by Dianne L. in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. Asian style (dipping with formation aid)
  2. other : western style (dipping "with" formation aid)

Years teaching hand papermaking: 1983, 1984, 1985

Teaching formats used by Dianne L.:

Used Routinely

Dianne L.'s Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. no comment

Narrative:

I use a vacuum press (Hilger model); McPherson beater (Yarnell); drying racks (regular); dry papers on ultra felts; use both western and oriental sheet formations depending on fiber and artwork involved; use boards for drying after applying methylcellulose solution. My initial influences were the classroom (instructor Yvonne Roper Parker studied and learned papermaking under Laurence Barker in Barcelona, Spain), and while still a student, getting to see the "New American Paperworks" exhibition which came to Houston and having some of the artists in the show talk about their work, Then Chuck Hilger coming to our papermaking class, talked about his artwork and demonstrated his vacuum press concept. That began my fascination with 3-D paper artwork. After graduating from art school (in 1983) I attended many, many, many workshops and several PBI sessions country-wide learning addition techniques from the experts (Karen Stahlecker, Lee Scott McDonald, Timothy Barrett, Amanda Degener, Steve Miller, Tim Moore, Don Farnsworth, Dorothy Field, Helmut Becker, Marilyn Wold, etc.). Found joining the two paper groups (FDH and IAPMA) as well as reading Hand Papermaking, and attending the FDH/IAPMA conferences, to be incredible sources of information back in the 80s when there was less papermaking information available. Received an NEA grant in 1986 (in artist's books) which allowed me to refine the fibers that are included in my limited edition book, "From Fiber to Paper" which was published in 1991 (W. Thomas Taylor, printer/Book Lab, binders).

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