Paper Weaving

This is a process I use to develop a quilted grid texture in my paper works. The paper may be hand-painted or come from a pre-existing source, as is true in this case.

This paper came from a reprinted vintage comic book and has the brilliant color and graphic blacks that characterize such printing.  In an art historical sense, this paper can be seen as a spin on pop art imagery, but does not exult in the subject matter in the same manner.  

Weaving is inherently a merger of things, and this process and material allows that same sort of merger of differing sensibilities, meanings, and qualities.

Join Hands

 

On the right, the three images of this work in progress illustrate more stages in my weaving, cutting, and collage methods. 

At this stage it is unclear what the final object or objects will be.  Materials and images, as well as what is there and what is cut away, will guide the next steps and the implications of the imagery.

During the process, I place the parts against a variety of backdrops to inform how I go forward and generate ideas about display and presentation.

 
cedar log in process four views
cedar log in process four views

log from merged cedar trees
log from merged cedar trees

a start for some books of things we do not know

cedar book of things we do not know
cedar book of things we do not know

edge view - one of a few books that came from from the log pictured previously

cedar log in process four views
cedar log in process four views

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Book of Things We Do Not Know

How books begin from found wood.

book on the saw step 1
book on the saw step 1

Carving pages with a table saw is a long and repetitive process.

book on the saw step 2
book on the saw step 2

A long block of cherry wood is sawed in two pieces to become two books. Next, carving pages on the shorter edges will be completed.

Book on the saw step 4
Book on the saw step 4

Initial planing, carving and sanding will be followed by a coat of shellac to get a feel for the appearance.

book on the saw step 1
book on the saw step 1

Carving pages with a table saw is a long and repetitive process.

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Book of Things We Do Not Know

Cutting a cherry block into

its rough book shape.