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First interest in hand papermaking process: 0
First piece of handmade paper: 2010
First handmade paper artwork: 2010
Beginning of active practice: 2010
Years teaching hand papermaking: 2011-2013
Apart from a few short (one or two day) workshops I have taught myself from books, blogs, youtube, DVDs, talking to people. My work increasingly centres around highly coloured high shrinkage pulp made from raw retted and scutched flax fibre or linen noil, processed with a 'Critter'. I cast volumes over inflated objects or solid forms which I then extract by deflating or cutting. I trained as a sculptor working in metal for many years. Because I have been making paper objects for only three years I am really only beginning to find a voice in the medium. I work in rural scotland and as there are only a few papermakers here (and none live close to me) I am pretty much on my own. I do not see this particularly asa problem, but is would be nice to have someone to help me solve technical problems now and again, especially with the Hollander beater. I attended the FDH Conference in Cleveland which reassured my about my general level of competence with some techniques and allowed me to meet many of the authors of the books I've read! Increasingly I scour the internet for work which interests and encourages me, but a recent exhibition of the work of Jacki Parry (based in Glasgow) has really inspired me.