site-specific installation at the Washi Union Organization (Echizen, Fukui, Japan)
mitsumata, kozo, sumi, repurposed washi keta (wooden Japanese papermaking frames), found wood, stone
This installation used found, repurposed Japanese papermaking tools, stones from the local river, and my own paper that I made in the village (from mitsumata and kozo).
The Story and the Silence
site-specific installation and reading room at the Memory House gallery (Japan)
kozo, mitsumata, hemp, abaca, cotton, sumi, paperclay, stone, found wood
Visitors could sit on the handmade Japanese paper cushions, view the sculptural piece, and browse the artist’s books filled with sumi ink drawings.
Those Who Stay
そこに宿るもの /// installation at Udatsu Craft Center (Japan)
kozo, mitsumata, Japanese cypress, watercolor, sumi, paperclay, stone
three illustrated accordion books (made in Japan)
mitsumata, watercolor, sumi
Letter to a Dream
video art installation at the Washi Union Organization (Echizen, Fukui, Japan)
kozo, mitsumata, kumohada paper, wood, found sugeta (Japanese papermaking bamboo screens and wooden frames)
My tribute to papermakers, featuring a transcribed interview with Machiko Iwano (papermaker) printed on handmade sheets of mitsumata paper. The audio is the traditional Echizen papermaking song sung by craftspeople, interspersed with the sounds of traditional Japanese papermaking (mostly water) and a background ambience (made with a synthesizer and original samples) that builds and gradually dissipates.
site-specific installation at the hibiscus (tororo-aoi) processing factory (for papermaking neri), Echizen, Fukui, Japan
kozo, Japanese cypress, sumi, stone
Situated near the 1,300-year-old shrine to the papermaking goddess, this place is still used by papermakers to beat and mash roots of the hibiscus plant (tororo-aoi) to create neri, a viscous substance that is added to the papermaking vat to allow the movement of fibers across the bamboo screen.