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Louise - Forbush

Mill Valley, CA

Paper collage on wood, and framed giclees of those originals: A love of paper is what drives my work. Handmade Japanese paper, weathered pages from old Japanese books, old scrolls and sumi ink paintings, and many other inspirational materials that seem to bring stories with them. Many people refer to my art as paintings, and they do seem quite fluid, but there is no paint or ink in the work, only paper.

While living in Japan, I watched paper being made in the snow-covered hills north of Kyoto. Near the Japan Sea, I wandered through Bessho, where the entire village was involved in papermaking. At the edge of their fields, golden rice plants hung drying in the sun—a color I still try to capture in my work. I've recently been back to Japan, collected many wonderful new papers and other treasures, and watched a paper artist in the process of dying his paper with fermented persimmon juice to impart a rich golden pink/orange color, and combining that with resist and other painting techniques. His papers will be represented in my new work for Open Studios.

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