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You have to have fun. Making paper dolls is part ofmy efforts to reprise an installation I started a few years back. The installation is composed of strings of paper dolls coated with encaustic medium. The work is a commentary on the fact that some of us lucky ones learned things from our mothers...things like making paper dolls and now it's more common to learn these kinds of things on YouTube.


Increasingly, I'm not interested in making art that isn't somehow connected to the issues I care about. Much of my work swirls around what we are losing...environmentally, culturally, artistically...not that we aren't gaining new memes and recirculating ideas that gain new traction with each passing day. But like many others, I feel the losses keenly. I'll miss the clear vista from my house when it fills up with other people coming to live in this beautiful place. I'll miss my mother who set me up with scissors and paper at a young age and launched my life with heb blessings of energy and love and passion for making things. I miss the animals I haven't met but  I know are put down because their owners have forsaken them and because they are not lucky enough to be adopted into a first world home.  You could call me an optimist with a big sigh...struggling to get up and find meaning every day and yet so grateful. I used to have a card on my office bulletin board that said, " Happiness is a form of gratitude". I'm trying to live this, some days more fruitfully than others.


 I am deeply indebted to Jiyoung Chung and to Aimee Lee, exemplar Korean artists living and working in the United States. Through your teaching and friendship, you've given me joomchi and so much more. I took a short class with Jiyoung one February when she was visiting Whidbey Island and later the same year had a class at the book arts festival in Pacific Grove, OR with Aimee.

Later, I studied more extensively with Jiyoung during a class at the Pacific NW Arts School on Whidbey Island. I've stayed in touch with both of these remarkable, accomplished women and wish them continued success with the teaching, writing, and exhibition programs. I recommend them both to anyone, wanting to explore the wonderful world of handmade Korean paper.

How To Hang

I'm a big fan of small powerful magnets. That's how I hang most of my  paper pieces. The artwork comes with very small powerful magnets. All you have to do is put some kind of magnetic screw/tack or other metal device in the wall, and put the artwork against it. Then the magnet on top.

Since the felted paper pieces are light weight you can usually safely hang these with only one or two magnets.

I provide magnets and wall bracket with purchase.

Of course, these pieces look beautiful under frames but that's up to you ;-).


Care and Feeding of Artwork

Most of the paper felted pieces I have created are designed to hang unframed. First, the framing is expensive and second, it obscures the pleasures of the surface texture. In any case, these can get dusty,
What to do?
Take out that feather duster and gently dust. Of, if you prefer, put the foot of a nylon stocking over the end of a vacuum cleaner and gently vacuum. The dust will accumulate on end of the vacuum.
You can certainly touch these pieces...the texture is part of the charm, but be thoughtful...the more you manipulate a felted paper artwork the softer the material becomes and it may lose it's cast.
Questions? Just ask.

The pictured object is called " Castaway". It's 18" v x 12" v made of a variety of paper with a base of mulberry.
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