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2018 was the year I ventured further into personal adornment by launching a series of neck pieces made from joomchi or hand felted paper. Each neck piece is made of paper that has been 'felted' and then treated with konnyaku aka konjak, a plant juice used in Asian papermaking to add strength and some water protection. Then hundreds of circles and attached to a central line made of black elastic. It's a painstaking process with, I think, very nice results. The end results are lightweight and can be doubled up.
Pictured are two versions of the neckpieces hung together.
Read This Necklace Series
In 2018 I began a series of neck pieces called “Read This Necklace”. There are four to date: Font (based on the book “Fine Print on Type”), Blackbird (inspired by Paul McCartney’s song of the same name and using the book by Nicholas Schaffner, no image yet), and The Green Poodles (written and illustrated by Charlotte Baker). Here are pictures of two of the necklaces.
Coming in Portland, OR this summer
Coming to Portland June 30th, my work, "Hatched" in the exhibition "Fifth Annual Living Mark", at Verum Ultimum Gallery.https://www.verumultimumartgallery.com/5th-annual-living-mark
Garden Tour Art Exhibit
Fast ART came to a beautiful old barn off of Bush Point Road on Whidbey in June when the barn hosted and art by 17 artists. It was just one day but a lovely event. I couldn't help but choose my large piece Flower Power for the show.
An Obsession with Pussy Hat Girls and Their Outfits
Late at night when I can't sleep I sometimes draw on my Ipad because I can do it from the couch in the living room where I am hanging out begging my Muse to let me nod off. She's a ruthless taskmaster, however, and sometimes only will allow rest after I've read a little, or drawn a little, or eaten a banana (perhaps sharing a morsel with my good dog MIMI). Last night it was more Pussy Hat girls.ziagipson.com
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