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Archival Inkjet Print on Handmade Paper
8 x 10 in
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I have always had a fascination with paper. My grandfather was a lumberjack and my hometown's economy was completely dependant on two paper mills. As a child I hated that little town. It wasn't until much later I appreciated my upbringing for its simplicity. It gave me a love of nature that has fueled my artwork ever since.
My personal work is my attempt to reconcile that passion for nature with my other passion: fashion. These two ideas seem at odds but both have a level of craftsmanship and detail that isn't found elsewhere. It's all about the process.
I start with a piece of handmade paper. Each piece is unique and will handle ink differently. Keeping that in mind, I choose an image that will compliment the paper. My goal is to have both paper and image become one single piece of art. Neither could exist without the other. I use the natural texture of the paper to distort the image and then add brush strokes, ink splatters, cup stains, ect. to further merge paper and image.