Words Catalogue, May 2016 by Helen O'Connor

One year ago I was receiving art in the mail from all over the world. It was exciting to put together this show of thoughtful beautiful work. My goal was to share the unique aesthetic as well as the varied and expressive nature of handmade paper in combination with words.

Special thanks to Leslie Leong for outstanding graphic design work on the catalogue I am sharing with you here. Of course holding the hard copy in hand is the real deal!

Umbrellas: an installation of Paper/Ice/Light by Helen O'Connor

Preparing for the (S)hiver Arts Festival  in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada

Sandi Coleman, CBC Radio Yukon, stopped by the studio to see preparation for my installation. Click here to listen to her interview. 

Here is a short video posted on CBC Yukon Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cbcyukon/posts/1254545437973731    

Umbrellas set up for casting with paper and ice (Dawson City, Yukon, back alley behind KIAC Klondike Institute of Art and Culture)

Umbrellas set up for casting with paper and ice (Dawson City, Yukon, back alley behind KIAC Klondike Institute of Art and Culture)

Installation at dusk 

Installation at dusk 

The snowy banks of the Yukon River, Dawson City, Yukon

The snowy banks of the Yukon River, Dawson City, Yukon

 

 

Washi - Japanese Papermaking workshop at Awagami Factory, August 2016 by Helen O'Connor

Thank you to the Fujimori family and Awagami staff for sharing this ancient process. Washi is made from the inner bark (bast fibre) of Kozo. After soaking, the outer bark is carefully scraped off. The remaining bast fibre is cooked with soda ash and then hand beaten. The pulp is added to a vat of water with the addition of nori. After vigorous mixing, sheets of paper are made on a bamboo "su". 

Artistans greet Prince William and Princess Kate in Carcross, Yukon by Helen O'Connor

It was a chilly morning in Carcross as Yukon artist Leslie Leong and myself set up our table with other local artists and makers. We were there at the Carcross Commons excited to be part of a community ready to greet the royal couple while sharing our creations with the crowd.  

"Arts Up Front" Whitehorse Arts Festival - Papermaking by Helen O'Connor

Participants at this workshop on Sunday, July 17th enjoyed learning about pulp painting and oriental papermaking. 

"I really enjoyed the class, especially learning about the history of paper making. It feels like such a sacred art to me now that you've put it in context."                                                            Janet Patterson

 

 

WORDS - International Exhibition Haiku and Handmade Paper by Helen O'Connor

Artist Credits (left to right, across wall then plinth) Marlis Maehrles (Germany), Angelika Wolpert (Germany), Margareta Hihn (Germany), Ingrid Burger (Germany), Susan Warner Keene (Canada), Claudia Radmore (Canada), Josephine Tabbert (Germany), Marlis Maehrles (Germany), Leslie Leong (Canada), Angelika Wolpert (Germany), Marjorie Alexander (USA), Joanne B Kaar (Scotland), Terry Ann Carter (Canada), Tricia Smout (Australia), Maria Carolina Larrea Jorquera (Chili)

I was very excited to curate and open the International Exhibition WORDS featuring works of handmade paper integrated with words of haiku and poetry, May 19th at the Northern Front Studio Gallery located beside the Yukon River in Whitehorse, Yukon. The opening night was a hit and packed the place with a visiting Haiku Canada conference. Several of the 30 artists exhibiting attended but I wish we had more to represent the 10 countries displayed. The sun was shining long past 10pm when the opening ended. The event was catered by Alpine Bakery supplying delicious organic vegan appetizers.

To see more pictures check out the WORDS Exhibition Facebook page

Artists (left to right) Joanne B Kaar, Leslie Leong, Marlis Maehrles, Angelika Wolpert, Terry Ann Carter, Marjorie Alexander, Tricia Smout, Maria Carolina Larrea Jorquera

Artists (left to right) Joanne B Kaar, Leslie Leong, Marlis Maehrles, Angelika Wolpert, Terry Ann Carter, Marjorie Alexander, Tricia Smout, Maria Carolina Larrea Jorquera