Monday, November 12, 2007

Photos from the show yesterday:

One of the photographic subjects

Andy Maluche, Philippines-based photographer

Vernon Ram, Lamma luminary

With Lamma-Gung, the featured artist

Nick the Bookman

Monday, November 05, 2007

Baby beaters

During the past month or so, I've begun to make paper in the studio, staying up late and filling the studio shower with paper pulp. I've been grinding up cotton t-shirts and recycling paper for experiments - most now turned into cards and bookmarks - with the goal of making a quality surface for my cyanotypes.

Since I couldn't find the gorgeous Lanaquarelle paper in HK that I'd used for the Bokor series, I decided it was time to make my own.

While struggling with long cotton fibers that jammed up my blender blades and caused the overloaded contraption to smoke, I'd dream of one of these:

A Critter beater, handmade by the artist Mark Lander

This guy has singlehandedly revolutionized papermaking for independent artists. Why? Until he started building his Critters, a small-scale studio artist like me couldn't dream of grinding materials into high-quality paper. Most industrial Hollander beaters start at around US $6000-$7500 including shipping, while his models are about $2000.

Here he and the Critter are at work with papermakers in Victoria.