Monday, August 10, 2020

My New Home

The is first sculpture I made after moving into my new home in Foxboro. Branches were collected, cleaned, and fasten with cotton string. The paper is handmade from milkweed fibers. It is currently hung in my living room.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Turning my sugettas into a "pour mold"

I converted my sugettas onto a "pour mold" by clipping the frames together. In this case, with corn husks fibers, it worked really well since I don't have enough fibers to fill an entire vat. This method also gives me greater control over sheet formation.

Once the frames are clipped together, I dip the mold into the vat and allow it to float. Pulp is added and evenly spread out with my fingers. Once I am happy with the sheet, I lift the mold out, drain, and transfer the sheet to the couching station.

If you don't have enough fibers to fill a vat, give this method a try. Happy papermaking!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Cooking corn husk fibers

Finally, after moving, I have some time to cook a batch of corn husk to make paper in the morning. These were frozen in the summer.

Monday, December 11, 2017


Happiness, 2017

This sculpture is made from milkweed fibers, yellow dogwood (from my brother-in-law's garden), and a branch I found in my garden.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Harvesting milkweeds

Harvested some milkweeds on the way back from the mailbox yesterday evening. Off to collect some more for paper making!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Papermaking with Plants at Langstaff S.S.

As part of my Artist In Education 2015-2016 program with the Ontario Arts Council, students made paper from plants to use in their lanterns. Students made paper from milkweeds, cedar, and daffodil fibers.

Student stripping cedar fiber for papermaking

Papermaking station set-up

Sheet forming

Milkweed paper is brushed on to a flat surface to dry

Daffodil paper