Last week I went to a lecture by Nancy Jacobi of The Japanese Paper Place. She is so passionate about Japanese paper. She is fascinating. What is it about people that are passionate? They make whatever they are talking about so interesting. Japanese paper can look so delicate but it is amazingly strong. Nancy showed a piece that was crumpled and then stitched. You can imagine my excitement! I couldn't wait to crumple the sample that was given to me. The more I scrunched the more cloth like the paper felt. The top picture shows three sheets of the washi paper I purchased. The bottom picture is the piece that I crumpled and scrunched.
As a self-taught artist, I have developed a practice of experimenting with my own ideas, which seem boundless. Curiosity and research continually drive me daily. For over 20 years I have taken an explorative approach towards art making. My optimistic approach to life is represented in my art as I find beauty in even the most difficult circumstances. This beautiful, imperfect life I live is meant to be shared through my creativity, resourcefulness and curiosity. I hope to influence my audience with joy.