Light, Fiber and water: Fibers soak up water, absorbing everything. The fibers of our being, us humans also soak up water. We, like fibers are held together by water and other fibers. This is what paper IS. Fibers that have been freed by their former constriction within the plant are now able to connect in any which way. Their new connection is bonded through water. Share a glass of water with a friend. Notice the light. The light in the glass of water, the light on the surface of the river, the illumination of the river bottom. What are we made of? Elements that are new and different every day. Light and water. Plant fibers capture the light and water for our consumption, our expression, our pleasure and communication. Share the light.
My current work explores the moment in the movement. Color, light, fibers, paper, connections: these are all the things that keep us connected. Thank you for looking.
Sheryl Jaffe has an MA from UMASS, she makes all her own paper. She studied papermaking in Japan and China, she currently teaches in Massachusetts.