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Raffia Journal IIBy Janine Brown

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US$ 500



Paper, Stitched raffia and ink on mitsumata paper

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Dimensions: 22.9cm (H) x 30.5cm (W) / 9" (H) x 12" (W)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.


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Artist Statement

This piece is from a large series of stitched raffia and ink on mitsumata paper. At first I tried sewing with different types of paper and thread until I settled on this particular combination of handmade mitsumata paper from Bhutan and raffia (paper ribbon.) I sometimes dye the paper or raffia with ink.

I am inspired by the Asian philosophies that emphasize emptying the mind and experiencing the energy that creates all things. I am inspired by the meditative nature of crafts such as basketry, textiles, Asian calligraphy. Increasingly, I focus on the daily practice of doing an activity that brings me into the present moment.

I love the sequential nature of books
I love the all-at-once nature of visual art
I love minimalism
I love repetition and variation
I love paper
I love combining and recombining images into pairs that speak to one another.
I love the practice of seeing an image appear in my mind and then following where it goes
I love simple materials, the handmade, imperfection
I love to sit and sew
I love the interplay between spontaneity and restraint
I love creating a feeling of spaciousness within a small image


Artist Profile

Born: 1950
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Based in: Berkeley, California

Janine Brown has been a working artist all of her life. From an early age she began to wonder “What is this life? What is reality?” This led to a life-long habit of reading widely and to study of Asian art and philosophy. Her primary interest has been how to …


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