Sunday, September 18, 2016

Shows and Invasives

Catch up time! This past week I delivered 30 prints to the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens for my exhibit which runs September 17 - November 13, 2016. Thank you to David Betz and Joseph Mooney for all your help! More information about that exhibit, including an interview, can be viewed on the Matthaei blog.

I also delivered a print of cream wild indigo to the Women's City Club in Grand Rapids for ArtPrize!! Opening day is September 21st!

I was able to sneak in two outings to collect invasive plant species as well. Special thanks to Frank Telewski, professor of Plant Biology and curator of the W. J. Beal Garden and Campus Arboretum, for giving me a permit and helping me collect black swallow-wort (Cynanchum louiseae) on the MSU campus. I haven't made paper from this plant before and I'm anxious to see what happens!

I also collected more reed canarygrass in Washtenaw County. It makes such beautiful paper!
Thank you Matthew H.!

Lastly, I posted on Facebook a few weeks ago my disappointment with how narrow-leaf cattail was not accepting alcohol gel transfers. The plant fibers kept peeling up whenever I lifted the transfer film. However, last week I had a successful transfer! Here is a print of Michigan monkey flower on cattail paper. I'm starting to wonder if the high humidity a few weeks back was affecting the alcohol and ink. Hmmmm..... This print is on exhibit at Matthaei.