Handmade papers, handspun wool, book and papers made from my pants.
spun and woven paper textile
Shifu is the Japanese art of spinning and weaving handmade paper into cloth. Shifu is made with at least one spun paper woven element, warp or weft. The other element might be silk, cotton, or another fiber. Shifu is surprisingly light in weight, yet warm to the touch, and originally provided rural Japanese people with an alternative and inexpensive, warm cloth. My very idiosyncratic take on shifu is what I call North Country Shifu. I spin paper, often without moisture or pre-spinning, which yields a rough and slubby yarn. When woven these threads make a distinctive and beautiful surface, which I use for book pages or covers.
A Sampling of My Artists' Books
This book has two signatures of Arches text wove pages that were contact/pressure printed. The pages have fold-outs and graphite drawings. The cover is botanical pressure printed cotton and lokta shifu lined with printed flax case paper, with silk organdy endsheets, and an ostrich egg shell button on spine of the stationers binding. This book is part of my Hortus Siccus project, and is in the collection of Baylor University Library.
A Year of Wooden Books
12 coptic bound wooden board (poplar) books with pages of contact printed Arches text wove, also a part of the Hortus Siccus project.