Sunday, March 28, 2010

Collages for June show

I've been working quite a bit on some pieces for an upcoming show in June. Here are some pieces in progress. What I'm working on is handmade paper sheets of various fibers collaged with bits of nature and some other found objects. I'm trying to capture some of the beauty I see in the woods of Southeastern Ohio in the late autumn and winter. To many the woods are barren and grey. But if you look a bit closer, you can see a beautiful tapestry - and the promise of new things to come.
The top picture and middle picture are just placements of the collage. I have yet to sew them on to the handmade paper. The backing paper of the top piece is made from recycled linen pants and banana peels. The middle backing paper is made from cattail reeds. (compliments of my friend Rita)