I am in Iceland again working for one month in a large studio at the edge of a fjord in an isolated town.
Walking every day, breathing deeply, taking in my surroundings, and marveling at the continuously changing sky and water and shore I take photographs and gather seaweed because it is in abundance and I go to the studio.
I shape the seaweed, predominantly kelp, and hang it to dry; make drawings and paintings of it or print it. I am also making paper with it.
I hang these things on the wall behind the table where I work and I look at it, consider it, and watch how it changes, or how I make changes with this material.
The seaweed texture seems to be an imprint of the ripples of the water and be the texture of the clouds. When dried, the once wet material forms into unusual shapes of translucent colors. It is amazing.
“Hi my name is Heather Matthew and I am an Australian paper maker and paper artist. My project for the NES artist residency is to explore water as an element with body, soul and voice. I believe strongly in the interconnectedness of all things in the physical and metaphysical world; people, places, cosmologies.
I have used paper pulp I made from bedsheets donated to flood affected families in Australia to create paper icebergs and strange white continents adrift but interconnected.
In December last year we had the privilege to host Tatiana Ginsberg here at Nes. She is papermaker and specializes in traditional Japanese papermaking. She taught a short course where we got to learn how to make really thin and beautiful paper. Here below you can see a video that Joseph Marhl made.