Gayle Fitzpatrick's Profile
I’ve been creating art since I was a child. I began making paper while living in Maine in 1980. I wanted specific papers for my etchings. Soon after, I went to study papermaking in Japan. Nearly thirty years later, papermaking continues to excite me. I'm a member of the Maine Team.
I import tree bark from Japan or Thailand for kozo paper pulp.I use cut iris leaves from my brother’s garden, forage milkweed, corn silk, and flax. In addition, I purchase processed pulps from around the world to use in my paper.
Each sheet is made by hand, that is, dipping a mold and deckle, or su-geta, into a vat of pulp, lifting the mold out and pressing and drying the sheet of paper. My colored papers are made from pulp that has been dyed with color fast cold-water dyes.
The sound of dripping water, the sight of the pulp forming a liquid sheet of color and texture over the mold, and the feeling of the sun’s warmth…
- Born on October 10
- Joined February 14, 2008