Making inventory

A lot of our time is spent making handmade paper objects. While some of these objects look pretty good by themselves, we think they have a bigger impact as part of groups. The gallery below follows one piece of "inventory" from creation to being part of one of those ensembles.

We love the start in photo 1 - an exuberant diagonal of whimsical purple rectangles and blue polygons. One day we're gonna recreate this state. Photo 2 sketches in an X motif. The third photo shows what we often do: we take a piece too far. We pile on color, shapes and pattern until the eye can't make sense of it anymore and looks elsewhere for visual coherence.

We used to feel ridiculous when we'd do this - as if we both suddenly and simultaneously just forgot everything we ever learned about making art. Now we just accept it as just part of our process. When we worked solo, we used to go rococo a bit, but do so much more working together. After we regroup, we start editing and culling at which we're actually pretty good. We often get a better result when we have to subtract. It's like knowing a road better when you've driven it coming and going.

To restraint dry the piece (that is, dry flat with little warpage), we covered it with no-see-'um mesh and buried it under pebbles from the garden store. The piece is handmade pigmented cotton sheets and is about 4' x 7'.

The last 2 photos show the piece standing alone and as part of Dancing Planes from 2017, which we showed in Meaningless and Sure in February and March and in the Fall in a Wisconsin Visual Artists show at UW - Parkside, On and About Paper.