|Address||2683 Wellesley Rd.|
First interest in hand papermaking process: 1992
First piece of handmade paper: 1992
First handmade paper artwork: 1993
Beginning of active practice: 1994
Years teaching hand papermaking: occasionally from 1996-present
My interest in fibers is more driven by the dynamics of life processes (stuff that grows, stuff that is shaped and re-formed by context and circumstance...etc.) than in the quality of the final paper. The one specialized tool that I sometimes use is a small hand-crocheted mold that I made using coated jewelers wire. I have collaborated with a honey bee researcher in establishing a colony in a paper balloon for a summer and I have made box frames for paper and fabric that could be placed in a traditional colony stack, working 'collaboratively' with the bees. I am now working with vermiculture and food in the context of celebratory gatherings around a meal. Old linen tablecloths are making their way into paper that will never be as fine, strong and durable as 16th century paper made with similar material, but it will do just fine as table runners for a spring wedding.