handmade paper, museum board, book cloth
In this work, Party Dresses, Ms. Hanauer embedded several handmade paper dresses into translucent abaca during the paper forming process. Anonymous women and children made these delicate crepe paper dresses around 1900. They used published patterns as a starting point and fashioned dresses from crepe paper, improvising and adding accents of doilies, gold die cuts, and sashes. The accordion book structure allows the play of light to reveal the folds and details of each dress.
Linda Hanauer is drawn to the tactile qualities and natural palette of handmade paper. She binds books by hand and also gives discarded books a new life, altering them and including them in collages and assemblages that reveal the beauty of the tattered spines.