I have a passion for paper. Maybe more like an obsession really. I love how paper feels, it's colors, its textures, how it can be simultaneously coaxed into smooth , dreamy surfaces and sharp, jagged reliefs. I love that paper is reusable, sustainable, and easily made by hand. My passion for paper is what drew me to traditional fine art collage.
I have a passion, too, for natural fibers. Bark from trees, coconut, jute, cork, leaves, wool, you get the idea. It is amazing to me what types of fibers occur in nature and can be used immediately with little or no processing. But I also have a passion for repurposing. There's something about giving second life to otherwise useless little bits that makes me feel like I'm "doing my part" to be a producer, not a consumer. I enjoy using unexpected, second -chance materials in my collages like yarn from old saris; handmade paper made from phone books, egg cartons and homework; and tissue gift wrap. If i'm able to finish off the piece with a vintage frame found at a thrift store, well, that's just a bonus.
I have a secret - most of my work is sealed so it can be ever-so-gently touched, creating what i call a visually tactile experience." Your eye thinks the texture is one way, but your hand will tell you another. Often paper and fibers will take on a new texture or color during the adhesion phase. Once the artwork is sealed and begins curing, it can change color and texture once again. It's always a bit of a surprise how things turn out.