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...
When I studied printmaking in Paris, I travelled often to Lessebo in the south of Sweden to include my prints in the paper fibres when doing the papers. 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
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.
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.