The artist, Barbara Harmer, lived in Japan for 7 years. During that time, she studied the art form called “Chigirie” (Chee-gee-ree-ay) This art form consists of tearing and cutting handmade Japanese paper into pieces to form a picture onto canvas. This technique was brought to Japan by China in the 6th Century.
Her paper is handmade and imported from Japan, and comes in many different weights, colors, and textures. Some paper has visible fibers that run throughout it, and some have holes forced through it during the pulp making process. This gives the appearance of lace, and is called “raindrop paper”. Some of the paper is extremely soft and feels like fabric.
The only medium used is handmade paper, although some seashells, coral fans or nets may be included. NO PAINT is used in creating the picture, but it has the look of oil or acrylic paint, thereby calling it “Painting With Paper”. All of her art is finished with a clear acrylic coating for protection from UV rays.
Recently, she has begun incorporating wool, silk and bamboo fibers into some of her abstract art, but it is described as “Mixed Media” if that has been done. A few of her pieces have been finished in a clear resin to give the appearance of glass.
“Recently, I’ve challenged myself to creating art from duct tape, a multi step process, and coating it with 2 part resin. I’ve also been “blinging” out some cow skulls and reproduced resin “human” skulls with precious stones, rhinestones, seed beads, etc. Check them out.”
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