My work can be seen as a memory or an emotion. I frequently use handmade paper that I make my self, a process that has to form and develop. I also work with re-used paper such as the tatters of a book, which relates directly to the content of the artwork.

Paper making is labour-intensive, even more so if you make it from durable materials such as cotton and flax. Paper has its limitations and also its own language. You cannot make any shape you wish but you can try manipulating it until you discover new techniques which get you what you are looking for.
The challenge lies in the making of your own paper, so that you can explore the boundaries of the material.

The really attractive aspect of paper is that it is fragile, vulnerable and translucent, it has its unique physicality.
For me paper has an association with both the evanescence and the finite.
I try to catch its vulnerability in form, with pulp: conceptualising, binding, folding, sewing. It evolves from the ephemeral to the timeless.

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