Jill Littlewood

Address435 E. Pedregosa
CitySanta Barbara
State/ProvinceCA
Postal Code93103
CountryUSA
Phone Number805-898-9260
E-mail Addressjill@littlewoodstudios.com
Websitewww.littlewoodstudios.com

First interest in hand papermaking process: 1982

First piece of handmade paper: 1982

First handmade paper artwork: 1995

Beginning of active practice: 1995

Jill's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses handmade paper for book arts
  2. Artist who uses papermaking for three-dimensional work
  3. Artist who uses papermaking for two-dimensional work
  4. Educator who teaches hand papermaking (any facet)
  5. Other : I use handmade paper for large installations and stage sets for performance art.

Jill's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. An individual

Influences on Jill's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Primary
  1. Other print materials (magazines, newsletters, catalogs)
  2. Other : Watching how people interacted with my work.
Modest
  1. An individual

Publications initially important to Jill:

Publications eventually important to Jill:

  1. Hand Papermaking Magazine : null

Countries where Jill's studied:

  1. England : IAPMA conference
    1. other : workshop, demo, visit to mills and artists
  2. Canada : IAPMA conference
    1. other : workshop, demo, visit to mills and artists
  3. Korea : IAPMA conference
    1. other : workshop, demo, visit to mills and artists
  4. null : null

Raw materials used by Jill in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. abaca - purchased fiber
Used Sometimes

Chemicals used by Jill for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Tools and methods used by Jill for beating in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. Hollander beater
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Style of sheet forming used by Jill in Hand Papermaking:

Used Rarely

Years teaching hand papermaking: 5-85

Teaching formats used by Jill:

Used Sometimes
  1. classes
  2. workshops
  3. other : collaborations with other artists working in other media: this is how I mostly teach these days
Used Rarely

Jill's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. a little

Narrative:

To create handmade paper for stage sets and installations I have been pouring high shrinkage abaca onto my driveway and deck. I get strong sheets 12' - 15' this way. I use skeletons of animals and a plastic human skeleton to form shapes for these installations. I sometimes use video projection onto my sets, and the paper becomes interactive with dancers and performers. I work with an artist's collaborative called Fishbon here in Santa Barbara. I also work with Butoh dancers and movement therapists in the Bay Area. My work goes to festivals like Burning Man, Luciidty, Lightning in a Bottle, and Bamboo DNA. http://vimeo.com/11220052 This vimeo is about a collaborative performance called "Twisted Village" that used high skrinkage abaca for costumes and props: from minute 9:58 to 20:15. My discussion about how this came about is from :51 to 9:47 This vimeo, "A Chance to Wonder," shows my three paper installations with projection at a rehersal for dancers. This was for Santa Barbara's "A Dance and Physical Theater Festival" at Fishbon's collaborative art space http://vimeo.com/32799122 I am active with book artists in California and, through the Friends of Dard Hunter, all over the US. Through IAPMA I keep in touch with artists all over the world.

Questions:

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