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First interest in hand papermaking process: 2008
First piece of handmade paper: 2010
First handmade paper artwork: 2011
Beginning of active practice: 2012
Years teaching hand papermaking: null
Collaboration at its best, is selflessness put in action. Printmakers commonly don’t get to their own work because they become entrenched in the work of the artist with whom they are working. Printmakers assist the artist with all facets that are included in producing a work: preparation of materials, pigments, acid baths, metal plates, wood, studio configuration, task assignments, and a myriad of other elements as needed. Collaboration with fellow artists while using printmaking works because a common language is shared and the participants are on common ground and share an end goal. When engaging groups of non-artists from a cross-section of backgrounds in an effort to create a common discourse – some printmaking techniques lack simplicity and where it has simplicity it lacks an extended period of time to produce. The element of time is vital to participatory art as groups come together in a social activity; time is an essential ingredient that can be effectively used to add symbolic meaning to the narrative. Hand papermaking from rag based materials provides the perfect instrument to bring social groups together in a participatory endeavor that can form a narrative that the community itself creates. Using material with personal meaning (uniforms, jeans, shirts, clothes) and adding the element of time in order to allow the participants to bond, share meaning, and form relationships, with built in delays that allow for reflection and introspection – the hand papermaking process allows for participants to be embedded in the world and at the same time distinctly removed from it . It is the distinct steps that papermaking uses that allows for verbal exchanges regarding experiences between participants while cutting the materials, or reflection about their experiences and deepening understanding of the other during sheet formation, but what really matters are the ideas, experiences, and possibilities that result from these interactions.