Hedi Kyle’s work showed me the magic in a piece of paper–in particular, her fishbone fold made from a single sheet that could become both book and kinetic sculpture. I loved the idea that this fold could expand and contract, like breath and time.
I’ve been intrigued by labyrinths since walking the one in Chartres Cathedral for they, too, have magic and mystery in them. This structure seemed appropriate to a labyrinth theme for the same path leads to the labyrinth’s center and its exit. To me, this mirrors the expansion and contraction of this fold and its ability to fold in two directions.
I used a paper I suspect Hedi would never have chosen–a crinkled Japanese Momi treated with “Devil’s Tongue,” a plant starch used to give strength and flexibility to paper. I painted it with acrylics. In spite of the challenge this paper presented for this fold, the piece is structurally sound–although it doesn’t fully keep the crisp folds and hard edges that Hedi might require of it.
mat board, paper, book cloth, acrylic, ribbon
About the artist:
Lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Connie Stricks has worked with paper, in various ways, for years. In 2009, she too a book binding workshop with Margo Klass and knew that this was the art form she wanted to pursue. She has taught at The Folk School and Northwoods Book Arts Guild in Fairbanks, AK, and at the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival in OR. She is currently working on illustrating and binding her folktale describing the making of Japanese kozo, a mulberry paper.