Ore Dock No. 1 (Marquette, Michigan): Handmade Pigmented Paper with Pulp Painting (2020), Item no. 328.01

Ore Dock No. 1 (Marquette, Michigan): Handmade Pigmented Paper with Pulp Painting (2020), Item no. 328.01

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  • Handmade
  • Materials: kozo, hasta, linen, cotton, pigment, flax pulp paint, recycled paper, metallic foil

  • Height: 36 inches
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Depth: 0 inches

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

This artwork is based on a photo of an abandoned ore dock in Marquette, Michigan. Ore docks were used by the steel industry to transport ore from the mines to the ships. They were imposing structures. This particular dock was 1200 feet long and 75 feet high. Four railroad tracks ran along the top and it held 60,000 tons of iron ore. The lonely structure surrounded by water has a spiritual quality, especially with the light appearing at the end of the long tunnel. Capturing such a strong architectural image within the delicate fibers of handmade paper creates a paradox often found in my work. The softness of paper, its imprecise delineations and blurred lines, contrast with the severity of the concrete and steel structures I seek to represent, creating a dreamlike quality. People comment that these pieces evoke memories, reminding us that our built environments become integral to our personal histories.

Here's the process details: The fiber used in the creation of this sheet is a combination of kozo and hasta (which I cook down from the raw plant material) combined with cotton and linen (from recycled fabric). Bits of recycled paper and metallic foil are added to the pulp to create texture and interest. 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 flax 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.

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. One suggested framing option is to mount the piece on top of a solid wood frame (see images 4-5 of the piece mounted on a solid cherry wood frame; other options are available). The sheet is safely attached to the board using magnets. These handmade sheets hold up well in this type of display. These frames are custom made by my father, Len Widmer. They come with six magnets ready for the piece to be attached. The frame comes wired for hanging. Please send me a message for more information if you are interested in one of these.

If you decide to traditionally frame this piece behind glass, 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), May 2020.
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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Bradley Wadle Mar 30, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Everything shipped promptly. It's a beautiful painting. We just got it framed -- we floated it above the mat so that the rough edges of the handmade paper can be seen. It looks great, and we highly recommend that strategy to anyone else who wants to frame one of these pieces.

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