Little Hands

“For The Birds” project had a visit from the After School program with even the little ones from the group making paper and nests. These students are from West Marin School, Inverness, California location. They are making small nests from willow and wisteria vines. The small nests will be sited in trees along Route One in Point Reyes Station and decorated with handmade paper…

Making Many Feathers With Many Hands

These students are from West Marin School, Point Reyes Station, CA. They are going to make many feathers. The feathers will be attached to the large nest in the Commons and to small nests that will be sited in trees along Route One in Point Reyes Station. The small nests are also created by the students during Jane Ingram Allen’s 3-week artist in residency…

Cooking Willow Bark

One of the processes that it takes to create handmade paper is the cooking of the natural material. Here willow bark is being cooked. Times vary on how long to cook the bark or leaves depending on the particular plant material used. The project has taken place at West Marin School and at the Commons in Point Reyes Station, CA. A large nest in…

Feather Frame in the Blue Paper Vat

Part of the process of making handmade paper is dipping a frame with screen into a vat of paper pulp. This frame has “butter cut” deckle that has been cut in the shape of feathers. The pulp is from cut up and beaten blue jeans. The feathers will be used in Jane Ingram Allen’s public art project in the Commons at Point Reyes Station,…

Dipping a Small Nest in Paper Pulp

A participant is dipping her handmade small nest made from willow branches into paper pulp. This is for the public art project of Jane Ingram Allen in the Commons at Point Reyes Station, CA. The small nests will also be decorated with handmade paper feathers containing seeds in the paper pulp to feel the birds. The nests will be installed in trees along Route…

Making Feathers

This student is from the West Marin Elementary School. She is making paper feathers. A volunteer is helping her. The handmade paper feathers contain bird seed. Students will also be making nests created during Jane Ingram Allen’s 3-week residency in Pt. Reyes. The project “For the Birds” is sponsored by Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA.

Hands Making Paper

These students are from the West Marin Elementary School. They are making paper. The one on the right has couched the handmade paper and is decorating her paper The one on the left, with the help of a volunteer is preparing to take the frame off by couching the handmade paper onto a fabric. The handmade paper contains bird seed. Other students were preparing…

Making Paper

This student from the West Marin Elementary School was making paper from olive tree bark. The vat also contains bird seed that will be in the handmade paper. Other students were preparing to make handmade paper feathers. They will also be making nests created during Jane Ingram Allen’s 3-week residency in Pt. Reyes. The project “For the Birds” is sponsored by Gallery Route One,…

Making a Nest

This is a picture of Jane Ingram Allen’s hands as she is constructing a nest from olive branches in Point Reyes Station, California. The nest when finished will be dipped in handmade paper, and the paper pulp is made from local plant materials and has seeds to feed the birds in the pulp. The finished nest will be decorated with handmade paper feathers created…

Hands on Blue

Student pealing bark from a olive tree branch in preparation for cooking and then making handmade paper. Course taught by Jane Ingram Allen.

Green

Taken at the Folsom Blvd. Flea Market in Sacramento.

Green on Hand

Taken at a nearby festival. This is the hand of a wood carver. He carves small pieces of wood into bird wings. His hands indicate that he has been at this for quite sometime.

Grinding Hands

This is another in the series of photographs on hands. It shows one of the people in the Peters Valley Craft Center’s blacksmith shop class grinding a blade.

Pizza Chef – Color

Here is the color photograph that I took of the pizza chef that worked at the location where my wife Jane Ingram Allen had a month long residency. He was so used to my taking his picture that he began to ignore me. That is exactly what I wanted.

Pizza Cook

This is the second color photo that I transitioned to black and white. To get a strong black and reduce the blue I increased yellow to +40 and orange to +40 in the grey scale window in Photoshop CS6. I also increased the black and contrast in the RAW window. This seemed to work but others may have other suggestions.

Holding Hands

This photo was taken in Arusha, Tanzania. It was out side a church after one of the children were baptized.