Carbide and Carbon No. 7 (St. Jane Chicago Hotel): Handmade Pigmented Paper with Pulp Painting (2018), Item no. 214.07

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Handmade

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Materials

abaca fiber, recycled paper, pigment, cotton pulp paint, cotton rag, hemp fiber, kozo

Dimensions

Height: 36 Inches; Width: 24 Inches

This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from abaca, cotton, hemp and kozo. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet.

The artwork depicts the Carbide & Carbon building in Chicago, an example of Art Deco architecture, designed by Burnham Brothers, sons of the famous Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. The building is covered in black granite, dark green and gold terra cotta, with gold leaf accents. The stylized leaves reference “the prehistoric origins of subterranean carbon deposits in the decay of ancient plants.” Some believe the building represents a dark green champagne bottle with a foil top, especially because the gold top is illuminated at night. Originally home to the Union Carbide and Carbon Co., the building is currently home to the St. Jane Chicago Hotel.

Here's the process details: The fiber used in the creation of this sheet is a combination of abaca (the inner bark of a banana plant), cotton rag, hemp and kozo. I cook down the hemp and kozo from the raw plant material. These fibers are beaten and combined to form a pulp, into which I swirl flecks of gold metallic foil. Once the pulp is formed into a sheet, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented various shades, onto the base sheet. After the sheet is pressed and dried, the result is this sheet of unique paper, where the image itself is part of the paper fiber. Even though I use the same stenciled images multiple times, each sheet I create is unique, based on variations of sheet formation and pulp painting. Pulp painting architectural imagery on handmade paper has allowed me to explore the paradox between material and subject matter, described by one curator as “the ethereal nature of the medium married with the hardness of contemporary architecture.”

Although the pigmented fibers used in this sheet are more light-safe and permanent than using dyes, it is best to keep the artwork away from direct sunlight. If you decide to frame this piece, consider floating the sheet on top of the mat, exposing the unique deckle edge. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist.

Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), July 2018.

Size: 36 x 24 inches (approximate); 91.4 x 61 cm.
Package weight = 4 lb.; 1814 g
Ships flat with cardboard (28 x 39 inches) insured for the value of the artwork
This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from abaca, cotton, hemp and kozo. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet.

The artwork depicts the Carbide & Carbon building in Chicago, an example of Art Deco architecture, designed by Burnham Brothers, sons of the famous Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. The building is covered in black granite, dark green and gold terra cotta, with gold leaf accents. The stylized leaves reference “the prehistoric origins of subterranean carbon deposits in the decay of ancient plants.” Some believe the building represents a dark green champagne bottle with a foil top, especially because the gold top is illuminated at night. Originally home to the Union Carbide and Carbon Co., the building is currently home to the St. Jane Chicago Hotel.

Here's the process details: The fiber used in the creation of this sheet is a combination of abaca (the inner bark of a banana plant), cotton rag, hemp and kozo. I cook down the hemp and kozo from the raw plant material. These fibers are beaten and combined to form a pulp, into which I swirl flecks of gold metallic foil. Once the pulp is formed into a sheet, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented various shades, onto the base sheet. After the sheet is pressed and dried, the result is this sheet of unique paper, where the image itself is part of the paper fiber. Even though I use the same stenciled images multiple times, each sheet I create is unique, based on variations of sheet formation and pulp painting. Pulp painting architectural imagery on handmade paper has allowed me to explore the paradox between material and subject matter, described by one curator as “the ethereal nature of the medium married with the hardness of contemporary architecture.”

Although the pigmented fibers used in this sheet are more light-safe and permanent than using dyes, it is best to keep the artwork away from direct sunlight. If you decide to frame this piece, consider floating the sheet on top of the mat, exposing the unique deckle edge. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist.

Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), July 2018.

Size: 36 x 24 inches (approximate); 91.4 x 61 cm.
Package weight = 4 lb.; 1814 g
Ships flat with cardboard (28 x 39 inches) insured for the value of the artwork

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