Joanne began her
collage work more than twenty-five years ago when she learned the art of making
paper by hand. In her collages Joanne uses her own handmade papers
as well as papers made by hand in countries from around the world.
Each sheet of handmade paper represents hours of careful labor.
Plant fibers are mixed with water and beaten to a pulp in a large
vat. The pulp is then lifted from the water by a fine mesh
screen. A wooden frame called a deckle is used to shape the edges
of the paper. The water drains away leaving behind a sheet of
fiber which is pressed and dried to form paper. Many of the sheets contain inclusions of plant
fibers, bark, leaves, and petals.
All images U.S. Copyright 2015 by Joanne Casey.