Although I’ve been making paper for almost 20 years, I think I will always be amazed
at the number of plants that make beautiful paper. My favorite fibers are flax, abaca, and kozo
but my interest has expanded to include native grasses. My studio is located in the Texas
hill country and with more than 500 species of grass in Texas, the learning and discovery process
has become as rewarding as the papermaking.
I enjoy using my handmade paper in a variety of ways but mostly in woven
tapestries, lamps, and small books. Using rich bold color and repeating patterns,
I use my paper as a backdrop and weave it with paste-paper and other fine papers.
Layering color and texture, each tapestry is spontaneous and unplanned with movement and
rhythm all its own. My woven lamps tend to be more organic. I like using the fiber's
natural color allowing it to compliment a wooden lamp structure. Using a low wattage bulb,
my lamps provide a source of gentle light filtering through layers of handmade paper.
I like to think of my books as artistic compilations. They are filled with pockets and spaces for
pictures and notes. I don’t consider myself a book artist in the Kieth Smith sense but I
love assembling my handmade paper in a way that can it can be both functional and
viewed as a piece of art; one that will ultimately become a collaboration with the new owner.