|435 E. Pedregosa
First interest in hand papermaking process: 1982
First piece of handmade paper: 1982
First handmade paper artwork: 1995
Beginning of active practice: 1995
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Years teaching hand papermaking: 5-85
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.