HANDMADE PAPERS was my first artistic passion! I did cotton papers in an old paper mill in Sweden, Lessebo and I learned to do Japanese paper at Fujimori papermill, from Kozo bark...I love very much the philosophy of the Japanese way of looking at life as an eternal process of life where everything changes and nothing is stable. So far from our western more material worldview...

THE MAGIC IN MAKING PAPER!

INSTALLATION SMALL PAPERS
INSTALLATION SMALL PAPERS

SMALL PAPERS WITH PRINTS
SMALL PAPERS WITH PRINTS

CONE HANDMADE LAMP
CONE HANDMADE LAMP

LAMP with handmade paper and concrete

INSTALLATION SMALL PAPERS
INSTALLATION SMALL PAPERS

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WESTERN PAPER

 

It was in the old papermill Lessebo in Sweden where I started to create handmade papers in my own artistic way. 

It was fantastic to work in the old paper mill with its smells and its heat steam from the vats, to work with the people there and share their days.

Here I developed my own technique to mix my print in the fibres, playing with transparent parts and creating installations and objects for interior design with the papers.

 

I also developed my ideas of "light sculptures" - big geometrical forms. The light shines then through a metal grid covered with transparent papers. My idea was to work with the coloured light...and the energy of light.

 

LIGHT SCULPTURES see below

IBARAKI CONFERENCE 1989
IBARAKI CONFERENCE 1989

Papermaking by two Buthan munks

JAPANESE KOZOPAPER
JAPANESE KOZOPAPER

My handmade kozopaper with prints 50x110cm

KOZO PAPER
KOZO PAPER

My handmade kozopaper with prints. 50x70cm

PAPERMAKER
PAPERMAKER

To make a good paper the water must "danse"!

WASHI TOUR
WASHI TOUR
KOZO FIBERS
KOZO FIBERS

I'm looking at kozofibers at Etchizen papermill

IBARAKI CONFERENCE
IBARAKI CONFERENCE

Konya'ku demonstration

IBARAKI CONFERENCE
IBARAKI CONFERENCE

Deepak Shresta from Nepal making paper

IBARAKI CONFERENCE
IBARAKI CONFERENCE
VERTICALES
VERTICALES

Tree light sculptures 140cm high

VERTICAL detail
VERTICAL detail

LIGHTSCULPTURE MANDALA
LIGHTSCULPTURE MANDALA

Metalgrid with transparent paper, 80x80cm

VERTICALES
VERTICALES

Tree light sculptures 140cm high

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JAPANESE PAPER
 
I travelled to Japan in 1987 to learn to make Japanese papers at Flujimori papermill. This was the basic workshop, and I then travelled back in 1989 to do my own artistic works for one month. It was fantastic to live in the little village, having my bicycle and work at the factory every day! Almost no one spoke English so I had my little Japanese dictionary.
 
The technique is very different from the western: the fibres are much longer so the pulp is caught many times on the tatami screen.
 
I prepared my drawings in the evenings with natural pigments, and I included them then in my paper works. 
I also participated in a "washi tour" with Asao Shimura (a fantastic papermaker and a good friend) and the paper conference in Ibaraki 1989.

    LIGHT SCULPTURES


To work with light fascinated me! I started to dip metal nets in the paper pulp to then attach them to transparent papers. I did sculptures with concrete and plexiglass to start with, and then big geometric meta forms with lights coming out from small holes, shining through my prints.

This was a way for me to do objects easier to live with than just papers.

 

I made OUTDOOR INSTALLATIONS with paper also...with what I call my "membranes" - paper attached to metal rods. 

My "membrans" !
Membran in paper with silkscreen