Raffia Journal X
By Janine Brown
By Janine Brown
Paper, Stitched raffia and ink on mitsumata paper
Dimensions: 31.8cm (H) x 39.4cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) / 12.5" (H) x 15.5" (W) x 1" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings
Estimated delivery for this item is between 14 October - 19 October
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About the art
This piece is 9"x12" in a 12.5"x15.5" white frame. It 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
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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