Tuesday, March 23, 2010

make believe!

"in search of make believe" is a triptych dedicated to a companion of many years ago, a doll that is still very present in the little girl's memories, dreams, attempts of planning a grown-up future and all sorts of make believe games...
The little girl that played with this doll is now a grown up woman; she has lived in several places around the world with this doll always in close proximity! The doll has witnessed magical times and some of the dreams becoming reality; meanwhile time for make believe games has become less and less necessary...
So here is this tribute to a special friend; the hinged panels open and close, reminiscent of the rituals of putting out the toys to play and back to their place for a rest or a good night's sleep!

The three panels are hinged together with a hidden coptic stitch.
Monoprints done especially for this project are mounted on tubular segments.
Rives BFK, archive pigmented print on xuan, linen waxed cord, PVA adhesive
Patience and love for the craft in putting it together!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

in the wings...

Here is a preview of one of my latest "book" structures; the wavy shape is achieved by joining segments/cut-outs from cylindrical cardboard boxes and stitching them together.
Every two segments are  joint by a hidden stitch, and the pairs are joint by a simple modified coptic stitch. The wavy pages present the "story" of this young lady in wait for her "future" to begin. I see her as if she is waiting patiently in the wings of a theatre stage, to be called for her life's role. The photograph is a portrait of a distant aunt, taken indeed in a turning point of her life just before getting married. I did the  photo montage in photoshop, and then printed it on a handmade japanese fine paper, using an Epson printer with archival pigmented inks. The colored rhythmic patterns completing the "collage" are monotypes printed with rubber based inks on an etching press. The photograph has been incorporated on the monoprints by the chine-collé method, at the time they were pulled.

Title: "in the wings"
each panel: 12 x 21 cm, 12 x 55 cm when extended. 
Materials: Rives BFK heavyweight, Japanese fine art paper, wheat starch glue, waxed linen cord, VanSon rubber based inks. 

Thursday, March 4, 2010


The tradition of paper decorating is very old and pretty much developed by all cultures as soon as they started using paper. Depending on the weight and texture of paper at hand and the dyes and tools used, a great variety of approaches were developed in the quest of changing the appearance of a blank surface. The common element of course is the interest we all share in trying to alter a blank surface, to somehow leave our mark; through this effort our different traditions, symbols and meanings are expressed,  finding a place to be displayed by permeating the surface and binding with the fibers of the paper.
Orizomegami is the Japanese art of decorating papers by a method of folding and dipping them into pools of natural dyes. By a variety of intricate folds, patterns reminiscent of stained windows are formed and depending on the number and placement of the folds more complex patterns appear.
For the orizomegami examples pictured here, I used very fine hand made chinese paper dipped in sumi ink (diluted to various degrees, thus giving several shades of color) and chinese mineral watercolors. After the papers dry and pressed flat the folds' creases remain visible - one of the characteristics of orizomegami. It is a rather simple method and my papers shown here -being result of a beginner's attempt- showcase just that.  With practice and skill  though, tremendously sophisticated patterns can be created and that raises this craft into a true art form.
I am planning to attempt a tutorial on this, so check back soon and let me know if you are interested.


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