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 🙂
Meg Hitchcock is a Brooklyn based artist who makes thoughtful artworks full of details. She deconstructs sacred texts by cutting it’s individual letters and reassamble them to form a passage from another holy book. She says that by bringing together the sacret writing of diverse religions, she undermines their authority and speak to the common thread that weaves through all scripture.
That idea is so wonderful! Hopefully more and more people will embrace this insight, so the world will be a more peaceful place!
Not only the ideas of Meg Hitchcock impresses me, but also the look of her artworks is amazing. I like the rythme, symmetrie and subtlety. The words meander in beautiful forms, forming new sentenses. Creating these works of art must be so labor intensive and mediative in one time. Meg Hitchock’s work and ideas inspire me in all aspects. Someone to keep an eye on!
Interested? You can find more images of Meg Hitchcock at my Pinterest Board – Paper Art.
… sometimes you see things that just make you speechless … the paper art of Maude White is such a thing; white, delicate and fairylike.
Maude started cutting paper as a way to communicate to the observer what her words could not do effectively. She feels that if she peels the paper back, the outer superficial layer of our vision reveals the secret space beneath. The negative space tells it own story.
What appeals me most in Maude’s story is her great respect for paper. She sees the paper as something strong, reliable and constant. Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries. By respecting and honoring paper Maude feels like she is communicating some of the pleasure it brings her.
In an interview with Ted Baker Maude says that the longest she ever worked on a piece was a month – but not full time -. Working is a kind of a meditative exercise, so she don’t exactly knows how long she works on each piece. Each fine line and swirl has been meticulously sliced out with a sharp knife and a steady hand.
She is inspired by illustrators such as Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham and Gustave Dore, illustrators from the end of the 19th century.
You can buy Maude’s art at Etsy.
‘I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world.’
With this quote Rogan Brown even inspires me more. Paper art is something I love! You can create such beauty with simple plain white paper. Who needs gold and silver and other expensive and rare commodities. Of course paper also has a footprint. A lot of trees and chemicals are necessary to create our simple plain white paper. So think before you use it and recycle!
creates interesting beautiful kind of micro organisms and plant life with cut out paper. Topographical charts – such as the Norwegian fjords – are also a big inspiration. The immense complexity and intricacy of natural forms is what fascinates Brown most. He sees the ‘story of the understanding of the subject and the making of the artwork’ as a prominent part of the artwork in total.
… wow … Swedish bookbinder gives old books a beautiful second life!
Cecilia Levy, graphic designer, bookbinder and paper artist makes makes stunning objects of second hand books. Instead of creating books she tears books apart and cuts the pages into small pieces. Those pieces are reassembled in new dreamy delicate objects, such as teacups, bowls, eggs or boots. Some of these products are off-white, others show text, or text details … just take a look …