“Paper pulp art I find fascinating and love its unique techniques. I first discovered this medium when studying visual arts in the late 1990s, during which I was actively seeking a nontoxic sustainable way to develop my arts practice. After some exploration I was drawn to paper pulp. One of my challenges over the years was to create enough quality pulp.
My revelation came when I acquired a Hollander beater, greatly enabling increased production of the material and further discovering some of the most effective techniques to suit it. As the name would suggest this tool was developed by the Dutch (several centuries ago) from which paper pulp could be made from cellulose containing plant fibres. My process involves creating thin layers of pulp from plant-based fabrics, which I build up and push around while wet to create the finished work. Colour comes from the original colour of the fabric. Once dry some are given painted highlights.
In 2013 I established Deckle Studio to make artwork, individually handmade paper products and some papermaking materials which are seen in Adelaide in various outlets and markets. Soon I hope to provide papermaking workshops through another venture: MAKE PAPER@decklestudio.”
Saturday 29 April 2 pm - 4 pm