At the beginning of the year I received these wonderful hand made papers as a gift from a friend and it took me a long time to decide what to do with them, as it was a meaningful gift for me. These papers arrived by surprise at the time I was about to leave Barcelona. They came from a wonderful person who was the first one to believe in my art skills like a million years ago when she let me be part of her workshop without knowing me at all.
When I received this unexpected gift, it was a complicated moment for me. It made me think about my future as an artist and especially made me look back and remember the year ’96 when I made my final dissertation at university about….hand made paper and graphic design! (Unfortunately, I have no pictures of it: no digital cameras nor phones back then!). Life was telling me something! It made me remember a recent trip to Japan as well: my friend has lived there and we have this same sense of “aesthetics”, we were so connected without thinking about it!!
I made these paintings trying to maintain the texture of the original paper: its threads, sparkles and little pieces. Make the paper part of the design.
My friend’s name is Alexandra and she has a wonderful blog and business about Kyoto (it is in French but do not worry, I do not think aesthetics has a language!). She has also a career as a pattern designer on a website called Tristan and Zoe.
I hope you like these drawings! They reminded of my student years…;)