King of All Birds No. 33 – Eurasian Wren -- pulp painting on handmade paper (2019), Item No. 283.33

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Item details

Handmade

Materials

handmade paper, cotton pulp paint, pigment, kozo fiber

Dimensions

Height: 9 Inches; Width: 12 Inches

This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from 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 fiber used for my base sheet is kozo (inner bark of mulberry), which I cook down from raw plant material and hand beat with a wooden paddle. The image itself is "painted" using pigmented cotton. The sheet is formed in the Eastern papermaking method using a flexible screen over a bamboo mat, called a sugeta. Immediately after sheet formation, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my 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.

King of All Birds is part of a series of pulp-painted birds, which began with the creation of several bird paintings for an Audubon art show. The Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a Celtic symbol of the past year, celebrated on December 26, St. Stephen's Day. The title of this artwork comes from the folksong:

The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
St. Stephen's Day was caught in the furze,
Although he was little his honour is great,
Jump up me lads and give him a treat.

Although the pigmented color in this artwork is 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), August 2019.

Artwork Size: 9 x 12 inches (approximate); 23 x 30.5 cm.
Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)
This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from 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 fiber used for my base sheet is kozo (inner bark of mulberry), which I cook down from raw plant material and hand beat with a wooden paddle. The image itself is "painted" using pigmented cotton. The sheet is formed in the Eastern papermaking method using a flexible screen over a bamboo mat, called a sugeta. Immediately after sheet formation, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my 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.

King of All Birds is part of a series of pulp-painted birds, which began with the creation of several bird paintings for an Audubon art show. The Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a Celtic symbol of the past year, celebrated on December 26, St. Stephen's Day. The title of this artwork comes from the folksong:

The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
St. Stephen's Day was caught in the furze,
Although he was little his honour is great,
Jump up me lads and give him a treat.

Although the pigmented color in this artwork is 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), August 2019.

Artwork Size: 9 x 12 inches (approximate); 23 x 30.5 cm.
Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)

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