We could make sculpture without our handmade paper, but we'd rather not.

Barbara Landes and Paul Sullivan are wife and husband 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

A little about our process when we do use our handmade paper using this example of a cotton (linters and rag) cast piece (86” x 12” x 4” 2017) The mold is odds and ends of scrap wood, fabric and insulation foam. The depth and complexity of the relief makes it pretty rigid

This gives a sense of the simple relief we built though no quite the final version.

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.

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.

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