Not a stitch of handmade paper - all bent luan, epoxy resin, spray paint, piping, free spin roller bearings. It's one of 2 spinning sculptures we made for  MakeShift Festival - food with a little art - in Madison's Tenney Park on Sunday August 12, 2018. This one is about 6' high. The one below is 8'.

Barbara Landes & Paul Sullivan
abstract handmade paper sculptures
Madison Wisconsin

 
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The other had a some handmade paper (the pink shapes and the yellow and blue & green form), but mostly fiberglass fabric and tinted resin. We'd show a video, but there was barely a breath of wind. What breezes there were occasionally were defeated by the stiffness of the allegedly free spin roller bearings. We hope to set them up at a nearby farm so we have some video before the parts get lost to inventory.

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 handmade cotton paper relief cast in process. The mold is odds and ends of scrap wood, fabric and insulation foam. About 7' by 1' by .5'  The depth and complexity of the relief makes it pretty rigid

handmade cotton paper relief cast in process. The mold is odds and ends of scrap wood, fabric and insulation foam. About 7' by 1' by .5'  The depth and complexity of the relief makes it pretty rigid

Work by Barbara Landes and Paul Sullivan

 For the ends, we created designs working flat (as seen above). For the mid-section of the piece, we worked directly on the mold building up 3 or 4 layers of lightly pressed paper.

For the ends, we created designs working flat (as seen above). For the mid-section of the piece, we worked directly on the mold building up 3 or 4 layers of lightly pressed paper.

We are husband and wife making art together in Madison, Wisconsin. The work grows out of our handmade papers and our studio experiments and tribulations with paper fibers. Other materials come in to complement and sometimes literally to support the paper such as insulation foam board, wood and heavy wire.  MORE

Feel free to email:  landessullivan at gmail.com

 While it was still wet, we worked the design into a mold of lumped and bunched fabrics. Finally, we attached these onto either ends, did a little finessing to get everything to flow before letting it all dry.

While it was still wet, we worked the design into a mold of lumped and bunched fabrics. Finally, we attached these onto either ends, did a little finessing to get everything to flow before letting it all dry.