A group of 24 circular handmade papers and cyanotypes, created in response to the nearby Blackstone River, its industrial textile history, plant ecologies, and current status. I began by researching the areas history and visiting 7 different dam sites along the river where I sketched, photographed, and collected shoreline sediment and non-native plant species for paper fiber.
Blackstone River Suite acts as a type of taxonomy of the sites and the installation Ebb and Flow V. Cyanotype prints with text and imagery identify dam sites, fibers, and plant species, while river mud papers and pulp paintings are explorations of the material.
The installation Ebb and Flow V, which incorporates the same Blackstone River sediment and plant fibers shown in Blackstone River Suite. The dark central area is approximate shape of the Blackstone watershed.
Blackstone River Suite, 24 prints at 12” diameter, Cyanotype, pulp painting, handmade paper from linen rag, cotton rag, variable milfoil, common reed, Japanese knotweed, river sediment. 2018.