Painted Paper Beadwork by Carolyn Prince Batchelor
My working process includes painting sheets of paper, cutting and rolling beads, hand sewing, and sometimes braiding and knotting. Along with color and texture, other important elements in my beadwork are time and repetition.
During the twenty years I have been making and exhibiting paper bead wall pieces (and sometimes three-dimensional pieces), my inspiration has come from travel, study of art history, and hands-on archaeology experience. Observation of the cultural and geological landscapes of northern Arizona, where I live, are a key source of ideas.
Because I have a strong background in the traditional arts of drawing and painting,
I am always looking for ways to integrate these disciplines with an unconventional use of paper and paint.
American Craft writes:
“Carolyn Prince Batchelor's Rain, 2005, is a more successful example of paper as landscape, where, after all, paper begins. Batchelor's [subject] takes close looking. Her palette is lush and tropical, with a background that suggests a jungle. The ‘rain’ is short, straight green lines that pelt down on a diagonal as if blown by a powerful wind.”
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