This collaborative series of work was created by Pulp & Deckle, aka, Jennifer J. Woodward and Gary A. Hanson. The initial handmade paper pieces were created while in residence at Lone Pine Farm & Studio in Bainbridge Island, WA, September 2018. Themes of control/lack of control, impact/dissipation, and chaos/order are being explored via material and mark making. Each piece was created from a mix of onsite plant and recycled paper fibers to create a connection to the site where we were working. Plant fibers include scotch broom, stinging nettle, fava bean husk, alder, and indigo stems. We plan on continuing to explore these ideas and expand on this new series, working collaboratively in a call/response type manner.
Fancy Ghosts (2015) is the first collaborative series from Pulp & Deckle, aka Gary A. Hanson and Jennifer J. Woodward. Utilizing the techniques of watermarks in handmade paper, each piece is made from re-purposed plants and textiles. To make artworks that insist on conscious consumerism, creating paper from waste and natural materials, is an important part of our artistic practice. We want to invite the viewer to think of ways we can create something aesthetically and intellectually engaging out of the seemingly mundane, and/or discarded items around us. The watermarked images chosen for the series derive from our personal cell phone photos. From our pets, to our vacations, the snapshots feature subjects that could belong to anyone. These pieces are a meditation on mindfulness. They examine our desire to paradoxically capture and be present in the moment.