San Anselmo, CA
A graduate of Brooklyn’s prestigious Pratt Institute, Andrea Tucker-Hody was already an accomplished printmaker when she enrolled in her first papermaking workshop nearly twenty years ago. Papermaking has since become a major component of her life. She also studied at San Francisco’s Experimental Institute of Papermaking and Oakland’s College of Arts and Crafts, and apprenticed at a mill in Echizen Valley, Japan. Her work was profoundly altered when she began combining traditional Japanese papermaking with elements of printmaking. Andrea describes her (Washi) handmade paper assemblages as “papestries.” Layered and textured, they are hand dyed fiber poured and laminated onto flexible screens, often including Byzantine coin transfers and architectural elements that are hand-drawn and gold-leafed. Her work with its Asian and Euro-Western influences are decidedly Pacific Rim.
As a mixed-media fiber artist I am attracted to the dichotomy of opposites. I like blending ancient craft and modern fine art techniques, mixing organic and synthetic materials in the same piece. As a result I create work that reflects tradition, that imposes integrity, and speaks of the hand of the maker.