During the Pandemic: art is our lifeline
World Within Worlds
Clearly we are living in a time in need of healing. Social, economic, racial and ecological injustices are caught in a web in need of disentangling. We are caught in this web.
Disentangling to find hope, the question mark beneath the web, can we transform ourselves, our culture and society, and heal? Can we be vulnerable enough and strong enough to embark on the delicate work, the transformative repair to make the society more just?
This piece is imbued with metaphors and symbols:
Cocoon – transformation and rebirth from crawling to flying
Wishbone – bones of earthbound creatures used for prayers and magic
Shell beads – human’s ability to alter nature for beauty
Seed pod – seeds of trees/lungs of the planet – breathe deeply
Shell & fishbone – oceans, bodies of water, the water of our bodies
Sewing, thread, fiber – simply begin to repair the world, through connection and compassion, one stitch at a time
Pulp Dreams: Making Paper at Home from Old Print and New Fibers
with Elisa Lanzi and Sheryl Jaffe
This series of five video tutorials will introduce students to intriguing DIY methods for making artistic handmade paper at home. The series focuses on repurposing your old prints and recycling materials – – for tools, for pulp and for paper art.
You will learn how to make essential tools, several techniques for working with pulp, and create papers for works of art. These original papers, made with tree-free fibers and re-purposed prints, can be used for printmaking projects, books, cards and other artistic creations. You will need an open mind, a spirit for experimenting, a blender and a variety of things you probably have around your kitchen and/or garage.
A Resource Handout (PDF) is included containing materials list, suppliers, educational resources, and examples of handmade paper works.
Sheryl exhibited 4 pieces in this very beautiful and timely group show, shown in its entirety here.
her pieces play at 2:21.
Share the light.
paper made from plants
I mostly work with paper that I make from fibers grown locally, corn stalks, lilies, ginko leaves, horsetail, onionskins.
Immersed in the process, the tactile experiences, the weather and light all effect my work.
My current work explores the moment in the movement.
Color, light, fibers, paper, connections: these are all the things that keep us connected.