What’s currently topical in the handmade paper world? Projects and artists that explore alternative, local fibers for papermaking. These are paper projects that often connect with broader circles, from community organizations to environmental agencies.
Whether it’s recycled paper scrap, agri-fiber waste, banana trunks, or invasive seaweed, over here at Paperslurry we’ll be exploring a few of our favorite ventures. You may have seen Jane Kramer’s Foreshadowing series, and today let’s take a quick peek at The Invasive Paper Project, which also works with invasive plant fibers.
She offers papermaking workshops with invasive plants harvested from urban areas. The project is an extension of her own artwork with a community focus.
Part of the project’s mission is to think creatively on how people can find different uses for invasives, beyond eradication. Some plant species that The Invasive Paper Project has explored are Amur Honeysuckle, Garlic Mustard, and Phragmites australis.
Another aspect to the project is installation artwork that collaborates with Detroit communities. The More We Get Together consists of detritus and handmade paper from non-native plants, both collected from parking lots and city parks. Participants make paper with Heeres in the gallery, and the resulting papers are added to the installation. Cool, right?
If you’re interested in learning more…
- Megan Heeres’ artist website meganheeres.com to see more of her artwork
- The website with more photos and info on The Invasive Paper Project
- An essay about Heeres and the project on Essay’d
- A video interview with the artist