Back in the days when papermaking was new at the University of Iowa and elsewhere, most printmakers were eager to give it a try. Everything about making your own paper held promise and allure. Even though the facities were located in the basement of the art department.
Was it really possible to make a sheet that served as more than a receptacle for your etching? What would happen if you played with colored paper pulp to create a sheet that was a part of the next step -- painting or drawing?
Amazed by the palette I could make, I created several sheets. So rich in dyes they colored the felts used in the papermaking process. This image, its lovely deckled edge cut off by my scanner, is one of a series I did on my first and only attempts at papermaking.
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