A weekend’s paper dream: I had a great afternoon in art gallery ‘Presentatiestudio van Bureau Jacobine van Beurden‘ in The Hague. Paper artist Loes Schepens exhibits fragile works of art made from handmade paper in her exposition ‘Raakvlak – werken van papier Loes Schepens’. Years of working with paper, taking classes all over the world, experimenting with paper resulted in beautiful work. Loes combines handmade paper with yarns, she dyes paper pulp in indigo, and experiments with a lot of different fibers. Asparagus are her favorite fibers, but I spotted a piece of paper with with delicate elderflowers which I also loved a lot.
Listening to Loes’s stories and knowledge about paper is very inspiring. She knows about special ritual bamboo papers and gold leaf in Birma, about making paper in Korea, about the Japanese way of making paper, about dye colours from Peru. You can see and feel all this experience, vibrance and wanderlust in her paper objects. I like the way Loes is experimenting. The knots are a perfect example of her tests. Loes folded the paper pulp when it was still a bit wet. For her first attempt she used paper pulp made of cotton fibres, the new series of knots have been made of flax fibers.
During her lecture Loes showed a wide range of materials, fibers, books she designed, papers she found on the streets in Kyoto and delicate Japanese papers. One of the most stunning things was a wasp nest. It looked soft and felted and Loes told us that it is paper. Wasps eat fibers and produce paper to make their nests with. I didn’t know that 🙂