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HANDMADE PAPERS were my first artistic passion! I made cotton papers at an old paper mill in Sweden, Lessebo, and learned to make Japanese paper at Fujimori Mill, Shikoku Island, with Kozo bark. I really like the philosophy of the Japanese, to see life as an eternal movement where everything changes and nothing is like the fibres of paper in the wind where the dance of the fibers creates the paper!


Membrane in paper with silkscreen
My “membranes”!



It was in the old Lessebo paper mill in Sweden that I started to create my own handmade papers in my own artistic way.

It was fantastic to work in

this mill with its smells and its heat, the steam from the vats as well as working with the workers who had done this all their lives.

Here I developed my own technique. 

I mixed my images printed on tissue papers in the vat with the fibres, and in the creation of papers, the fibres and my images are one.


By playing with the transparent parts (my printed images) and the opaque parts, I made installations and interior decoration objects.


I also created light sculptures, large geometric shapes in metal. The light then shines through a metal grid covered with transparent papers.

My idea was to work with coloured light and the energy of light.


I travelled to Japan in 1987 to learn how to make Japanese papers at the old FUJIMORI paper mill. It was a first-step workshop to learn the technique, then I went back to make my own artistic papers in the mill as a guest artist. It was an unforgettable experience! I had  my own bike, my little house and hardly anyone spoke English! It was fantastic to live in such an authentic little village, surrounded by green mountains. I worked at the mill every day, and in my pocket I had my little dictionary for Japanese.

The technique is very different from the West: the fibers are much longer, so the pulp is caught several times on the sieve.

I prepared my drawings the day before with natural pigments and then integrated them into my paper works.

I also participated in a washi tour; (tour to visit paper mills) with my friend Asao Shimura and in a Paper Art conference in Ibaraki in 1989.







Working with light fascinates me!

I started dipping wire mesh in the paper paste and then attaching them to transparent paper. At first I made sculptures with concrete and plexiglass, then large geometric shapes in metal with light inside coming out of small holes, shining through my prints.

It was a way for me to make objects easier to live with than papers. 


I also made OUTDOOR INSTALLATIONS out of paper: my membrane; - paper attached to metal rods. 





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