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:
Here’s an example of the fabrication of the cast cotton piece shown at right. 86” x 12” x 4” cotton rag and linters 2017
We built a relief of scrap wood, wire, old blue jeans, etc. (A similar mold is shown below.) The depth and complexity of the relief as well as 3 or 4 layers of paper makes it pretty rigid.
We lay damp pieces of lightly pressed paper over the form and let it dry in position. For the ends, however, we did things a little differently. We created a couple of designs on a flat surface and then incorporated them into the piecemeal design.
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