Friday, August 30, 2013

Bits and pieces.

Part two of A Mended History in Six Parts is done.  Hopefully number three will be finished tomorrow.

I made a special trip to CIA to document the piece that's in the faculty show, but the lighting seems to be a bit of a soup-sandwich, so those shots may have to wait until the show comes down.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


A busy week so far...and to think, it's only Wednesday.  I've finished with the last of the Ogura pieces (unless there is suddenly a demand for more...).

And this morning I  completed the first part of A Mended History in Six Parts.  All you get for now are details.  Just deal with it.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pace yourself

 Above, a super detail of lace Joomchi.  Below, the coarse fibers of the Ogura break away during the Joomchi process, and leave a texture much like a hog's hide.

I also worked on some botanical inclusions yesterday.  Unlike the standard method of adding inclusions to the pulp, these are trapped between the fused layers, creating small pockets that start to open up from the agitation.  I didn't get too aggressive with these, as I want them to serve as a baseline for other investigations.

Above, Rose of Sharon petals.  Below, Nasturtium petals.

Overall, I made five (1 large, 4 small) pieces of Joomchi yesterday.  Which explains why I suffered from shoulder and neck pain all night.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

As promised...

The Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art has graciously contracted me to do a lecture on Joomchi (Korean paper craft).  It will take place Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 7PM in CMA's Recital Hall. It will be free to TAA members & full-time students (bring your ID, kids!), or $5 at the door for non-members.

This will be followed by a Joomchi workshop on June 28th & 29th, 2014 from 10AM-4PM.  Visit the TAA website for reservation info.  And you're hearing it here first...I will be capping the class at 20 students.  So reserve your space now.

In other news...Michelle assisted in hanging my work for the Annual Faculty Exhibition at CIA.  I had intended to shoot the work today, but the lights aren't positioned I'll just wait until after it opens...which happens to be next Thursday (August 29th), with the reception from 6-8PM.  Gund Building, Reinberger Gallery.  11141 East Boulevard, if you're really not from around here.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What's with all the paper?

Here are some macro shots of the new joomchi pieces.  I found that a layer of Ogura Lace paper speeds the agitation process.  Also, the coarseness of the fibers in the Ogura provide a resist for the Unryu (or Hanji as the case may be) to shrink against, creating more texture than usual.

Same piece held against the window.

So easy, even a four-year-old can do it...

Seeing as I've been lazy about getting this blog going (since the demise of iWeb...thanks again, Apple) you may not know what the deal is with the paper-based work.  I'll be giving a lecture and two day workshop on Joomchi at the Cleveland Museum of Art next summer. More on that next time.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I almost forgot about this thing.

Time to genuinely get this thing up and running.  Dedicated weekly posts beginning this weekend.  I promise this time.