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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Be Careful What You Take to Bed With You

Nearing completion.
How ironic that I started this book/object before the situation I mentioned in my last post. Next time I get the urge to portray sharks circling something, I will take note.

Before I go further, I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, my legitimate readers and friends for their support and encouragement. I've been deeply moved by the kind comments, messages and emails that I've received since I last posted. It's been a bright spot during an otherwise dark time, and has meant a lot to me.

Not to turn this into a medical novel, but I also have an endocrine disorder that makes stress potentially dangerous. What's been going on made me pretty ill, and at one point nearly landed me in the ER. I hesitate to mention this, after bringing up my M.S. diagnosis earlier made me a target for psychosis and cruelty. But the kind people in my life have been fantastic. In addition to great filtering, a trustworthy friend has taken over monitoring and moderating my comments for me. On the off chance something inappropriate gets through, I won't see it. Thank you.

Lovely washi.
On a happier note, I have a book project to share. I've finally been able to get back in the studio a bit, and have been on a Japanese paper binge. If you dip pieces of it into paste (in this case, rice starch paste) and remove the excess, you can form the  paper into almost anything. Leave it on waxed paper to dry, and you can have, for instance, miniature billowing drapes.

And what's especially lovely is that it is non-toxic. I wouldn't want to dip my bare hands in acrylic medium or PVA, but rice starch and distilled water? I feel like a kindergartner with something really cool and slimy.

Sticky slime! Dip into the paste, then run the paper
through fingers to remove the excess. Then shape.

After drying.



Be Careful What You Take to Bed With You.

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Blogger B├╝chertiger said...

I like very much how this project turned out! I said it before: I like the mute colors since they remind me of night vision, and the texture of the sheets, waves and curtains turned out surprisingly (to me) good and real looking.

You made me crave a session with washi, mzself. I guess I will have to buy some at my next trip to the art store.

I am sorry that this piece of art has - apparently incidentally - such a real and stressful background for you. It is a sad truth that those from whom we would want it least, are able to hurt us most. I wanted to write something in response to your earlier post but couldn't find words to contain my anger and sadness about your story, and reading what others wrote, I had the impression, they found better words than I could ever find. - I hope you will cope well with all this, and I wish you will find all the strength, time, calm, and support you need now!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011  
Blogger Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

So kind of you, all the way around. Thanks so much.

I have to admit, I still keep wondering if I'm through with the bed book/sculpture! I keep fiddling with it. I really appreciate the input. Glad to think I might've promoted another washi sale :-) One thing I like about the paste is that when it is dry, it doesn't leave a tacky or noticeable texture (I guess that's not surprising--a lot like paste paper, I suppose).

Thanks for the well wishes, which are very much appreciated. May you have much the same. I still shudder to think of anyone messing with your site, bot-driven or not... ugh. Take care.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011  
Blogger Anna Mavromatis said...

in Greek there is a saying: (the quality of) your night's sleep will match the way you fixed your bed...
I LOVE the calmness of this dreamy "storybook" bedroom; I wish it gives the "storybook" artist/creator the best night dreams!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011  
Blogger Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

Thanks so much Anna. Much appreciated. I love the saying, and so true! As it turned out, I couldn't keep my hands off of it and added a bit more to the floor... pictures will be added soon...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your work... very interesting

Wednesday, February 02, 2011  
Blogger Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

Thanks Nurse Myra. And thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 03, 2011  
Anonymous Anna Mavromatis said...

in Greek there is a saying: (the quality of) your night's sleep will match the way you fixed your bed...
I LOVE the calmness of this dreamy "storybook" bedroom; I wish it gives the "storybook" artist/creator the best night dreams!

Saturday, April 02, 2011  

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