Sitka Center For Art and Ecology
Jane Ingram Allen was selected as one of the artists in residence for Fall 2013 at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology in Otis, Oregon. Jane will be an artist in residence there from October 16, 2013 to January 10, 2014. The Sitka Center is located in the northwestern part of Oregon on the coast just above Lincoln City. It is a beautiful area, and Sitka Center is part of the Cascade Head National Scenic Research Area. They have wonderful studios and small cabins for the residents here. We are living amidst tall Sitka Spruce trees and also able to see the ocean where the Salmon River runs into the sea. There are many elk here we are told – we haven’t seen one up close yet but have seen a big herd of elk far up on the mountainside.
Jane is having a great time making her handmade paper art in the big and light-filled Boyden Studio at Sitka Center. This studio has great facilities for a papermaking with a huge bathtub sink, stove and lots of tables and also a high ceiling for her suspended installations. Jane is making paper for her artworks from plant materials collected in the Sitka area. Jane’s husband Timothy S. Allen is here with her at the Sitka residency, and he is enjoying taking photos of everything. For some really great photographs of the Sitka area and the Oregon coast (also some of Jane’s art projects!), take a look at Timothy S. Allen’s photo blog at https://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com
Jane’s workspace is located in the Boyden Studio. It is a huge space high ceilings with lots of tables, excellent lighting and many sinks. It is ideal for paper making.
The Boyden Studio, where Jane is working, has areas for hanging recently couched handmade paper to dry. There is also a kitchen area with a stove that is ideal for cooking plants to make paper.
One of the first projects Jane did after arriving was to make handmade paper using the Sitka logo.
Jane also molded damp handmade paper to one of the Alder trees on the Sitka site. Here she is removing it after it has dried.
After traveling to Tillamook, Oregon and seeing the quilt squares on the barns. Jane became interested in making handmade paper quilt squares. The quilt squares on the barns is part of the Tillamook Quilt Trail. Here is their website, http://www.tillamookquilttrail.org
Jane is making one part of the quilt square by dipping a frame into a blue paper pulp vat.
To make the patterns for the quilt square, it is necessary to cut each part of the pattern from a material called buttercut and sticking it to a frame. Buttercut is normally used for covering material prior to sand blasting.
Jane is couching a handmade paper onto a fabric that is then hung up to dry.
Recently couched handmade paper quilt squares are hung out to dry.
Jane is working on a dried quilt square.
Jane working on her paper quilt. She is putting the individual squares together using threads and gel medium.
This is the finished quilt.
One of the other residents, poet Tom Crawford, visited Jane to see what she was doing. Tom has been talking about writing some of his poems on Jane’s handmade paper.