The pieces in this series represent working with the colour 'blue'; in particular 'indigo'. I used special handmade paper sourced from my travels to Japan, Taiwan and India and from workshops where I studied papermaking and the dye processes. It is these experiences that are the inspiration for each work of art.
I was very fortunate in having Nancy Jacobi, Owner of The Japanese Paper Place, provide the members of the Washi Drawing Club with a rare handmade paper, Gampi, that has been used for centuries for Buddhist ritual in Japan. When holding this rare, dark and dramatic ’indigo-dyed Gampi’ up to a light source, it reminded me of the beauty of flower petals and so I produced a work that references the ’Blue Japanese Irises’, a symbol associated with faith, hope, wisdom, deep sentiments, cherished friendships and gratitude.