Besides painting, I have a lot of other interests in fine arts, including printmaking. Within printmaking is the practice of papermaking. I have been making paper for a few years now and I love it so much. It’s super methodical and process driven, but once you get into it, you don’t want to stop.
With my latest project, I wanted to use watermarks to create letters that reflected vulnerable phrases that are difficult for some people to say to others. So instead of saying it out loud, these letters could say it for them (with also giving them a little room underneath to write anything else they might want). The paper itself is super transparent and almost has the texture of tissue paper to further reflect the delicacy and vulnerability of these phrases.
I made the paper by hand by beating Abaca fiber for 8.5 hours, forming the sheets in my watermarks, pressing them, drying them, and then cutting each sheet down to about 4.5” x 6.5”. The envelopes I also made by hand with cotton fiber then folded them according to this easy Origami Square Envelope tutorial.