I came to making washi through my fascination and appreciation of Japanese aesthetics, philosophies of wabi sabi, and yûgen, and my passion for organic materials. Many years spent collecting dye plant materials for loom weaving and basketry easily translated into using some of the same dye plants to add color and texture to handmade paper. The ancient art of papermaking, for me the process of weaving with water, fiber and a screen, has been the creative thread of my artistic process for over two decades.
My personal relationship with the land evokes the depth of my artwork. With locally found wood I build armature and combine kakishibu with washi to create conceptual minimalist sculpture that are ethereal in nature. In addition to the use of painted kakishibu on paper I use encaustic medium to enhance the depth and subtle qualities of paper and mixed media elements. By allowing my work to be my voice I intend to convey my metaphysical and psychological connection with earth’s healing energy.
It is the tension between structure and chaos, discipline and passion and the tranquil beauty found in nature that has captivated my attention and motivates me to further explore the uses of organic materials in my artwork.
The practice of merging art + life and the concept of art as a healing force has brought me closer to embodying a fuller sense of myself as maker. Engaging others in exploring their creative process has been a profound teacher in the sense of how creativity is limitless and unique. By allowing creativity to emerge one can engage in its potency providing a path to healing on a deep psychological level.
I am a nationally and internationally recognized artist who teaches workshops in California and New Mexico. A native of San Francisco, I am a master member of the Baulines Craft Guild and member of WEAD (Women’s Environmental Art Directory). Materials used in my work: Washi, Japanese style handmade paper with kozo and gampi fiber Kakishibu, juice of fermented green persimmons from Kyoto, Japan Encaustic medium, beeswax and damar resin Rattan, flexible round reed Tamarisk, salt cedar Russian Olive wood.