About The Artist
Charles Schweigert •
Mixed Media • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I am very much a mixed-media artist, producing both two and three dimensional work incorporating a variety of materials and techniques. Recently, I have been experimenting with handmade paper using a variety of different plant fibers (cotton, flax, abaca, and kozo) colored with natural earth pigments. I begin by making sheets of paper using pulp suspended in water in the traditional way with a mold and deckle, but I also make simple looms with linen warp and weft that I draw through the paper pulp, also resulting in sheets of handmade paper. The sheets are then manipulated by tearing, folding, and shaping into multi-layered pieces that are intended to be wall-hung. I also fabricate vessel shapes using individual sheets of paper wrapped around bamboo armatures, often incorporating twigs and other elements.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I make two and three-dimensional handmade paper pieces using a variety of paper fibers (cotton, abaca, flax, and kozo). Sheets of paper are made using either a traditional mold and deckle or a simple frame loom dressed with linen warp and weft; the mold or loom is then drawn through paper pulp suspended in water that has been dyed with natural earth pigments; the resulting sheets are then dried and incorporated into multi-layered, three-dimensional pieces meant to be wall-hung or wrapped around bamboo armatures in the case of the vessel shapes.