Living Quilt for Santa Rosa Continues Changing and Growing

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My “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” public art installation with handmade paper and seeds for wildflowers in the pulp continues to change over time since it was installed on November 25, 2018, at Rincon Ridge Park in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa. This project was one of four projects awarded a grant from the City of Santa Rosa public art department during the first round of Calls for Fire Response public art projects.  This  installation was created with the participation of local volunteers, and it is bringing new life to this area of Santa Rosa that was devastated by the wildfires of October 2017. The wildflowers should continue to grow, and hopefully they will bloom in a few weeks. The weather has been sunny and warm, and many trees and flowers are already starting to bloom in Santa Rosa, CA.

These photos show the art installation on January 28, 2019.  Some wildflowers are about 4 – 6 inches tall now!

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New Public Art Project “Guns into Flowers” in Sacramento, CA

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During a 3-week artist-in-residency (February 25 – March 16, 2019) in Sacramento, CA at Natomas Charter School (http://www.natomascharter.org,) artist Jane Ingram Allen will create an outdoor public art installation titled “Guns into Flowers”.  The art project aims to raise awareness about gun violence and initiate public dialogue about possibilities for change. The art project will result in the creation of an outdoor sculpture installation consisting of a “flower bed” and a handmade paper quilt with a pattern of gun shapes and having seeds for wildflowers in the paper pulp to transform over time into living blooming wildflowers in the same colors and pattern.

Jane and Natomas Charter School Visual Arts teachers Jim Vetter and Chelsea Greninger

Jane standing at site for “Guns into Flowers” installation at South Natomas Community Center, Sacramento, CA.

Jim Vetter, Chelsea Greninger and Jane Ingram Allen at South Natomas Community Center, Sacramento, choosing site for “Guns into Flowers” installation.

Jane meeting with Natomas Charter School teachers, principal and Sacramento officials to plan the “Guns Into Flowers” art project

Jane and Chelsea Greninger, Natomas Charter School Visual Arts teacher hold a prototype for a quilt square for the Guns into Flowers art project. Natomas Charter School Principal Dr. Ting Sun and visual arts teacher Jim Vetter and Donald Gensler with Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission look on.

Jane meets at Natomas Charter School in the visual arts studio room to plan the “Guns into Flowers” art project in Sacramento.

The handmade paper quilt will be created by student participants working with the artist in “open studio” papermaking workshops at the Natomas Charter School, Performing and Fine Arts Academy (grades 6-12).  The quilt blocks will be created with stencils in the handmade paper sheet-forming process and individualized by each participant. The “Guns into Flowers” handmade paper quilt will be installed on a raised “flower bed” about 8 feet x 10 feet x 8 inches high with a headboard and footboard woven by the artist and participants using local trimmed tree branches. The handmade paper quilt will gradually dissolve into mulch over several weeks or months as the wildflower seeds in the pulp begin to sprout and grow, transforming the ”guns” into flowers.

The public art installation will be created in a public park at South Natomas Community Center and coordinated with city and park representatives. The public opening and installation ceremony for the “Guns into Flowers” project will be at 2PM, Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the site, South Natomas Community Center, 2921 Truxel Road. Sacramento, CA. “Guns into Flowers” will transform over time following the natural cycle of life and emphasize working together for social and environmental change.

Check this Blog often for continuing updates on this public art project.  All photos on this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (alltentimphotos2.wordoress.com)

Seeds Are Sprouting at Living Quilt for Santa Rosa

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The public art installation “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” is starting to sprout, and the tiny wildflower plants will continue to grow over the next few months. It all depends on nature, and we have had lots of rain lately. It also has not been too cold, so I hope that all holds out. These photos were taken on Dec. 20 at the site of the installation at Rincon Ridge Park, Santa Rosa, CA.
Hope everyone has a Happy Holiday time and that you get a chance to go see the installation as it continues to change over time. Thank you again to all the volunteers who helped with this public art project sponsored by the City of Santa Rosa as a response to the devastating wildfires of last October. Keep watching here for more photos of the installation.

 

Changes in the Living Quilt for Santa Rosa

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These photos taken on Dec. 4, 2018, show how the public artwork “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” is changing over time.   The photos were taken by Timothy S. Allen allentimphotos2.wordpress.com

We have had some rain in northern California in the last week, so the handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp is starting to dissolve into mulch.  The wildflower seeds will start to sprout and produce living blooming wildflowers in the same colors and pattern when it begins to get warmer.  The headboard and footboard of the bed woven from local branches continue to last well, and we have had no more damage from deer in the area.  It seems the bay leaves we wove into the structure do work to keep the deer away.

You can come to Rincon Ridge Park (off Fountaingrove Parkway at Rincon Ridge Drive) in Santa Rosa any time to see the artwork and enjoy this small city park.  This public artwork by artist Jane Ingram Allen is part of the City of Santa Rosa’s Fire Response art projects to remember the October 2017 wildfires in Santa Rosa and promote healing.  Check this Blog for further updates on the “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” project.  Thank you again to all the volunteers who helped to make this artwork and participated in its installation on November 25, 2018.

Living Quilt for Santa Rosa Is Installed

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Jane Ingram Allen’s latest public art installation is now on view at Rincon Ridge Park in Santa Rosa, CA. You can come to the Park at any time over the next 6 months to see the progress and how nature transforms the artwork. The public art project “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” was installed yesterday, Nov. 25, on a beautiful Fall day of bright sunshine and clean fresh air at a city park in the Fountaingrove area that was severely affected by the October 2017 wildfires in Santa Rosa. Many people helped with the installation and participated in decorating the headboard and footboard with colorful flowers and leaves brought by volunteers. Tara Thompson, art coordinator for the City of Santa Rosa, made an introductory presentation about the City’s public art “fire response” program and introduced the artist for this project. Then, Jane lead volunteers and community people in laying out the handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp and having the same colors and patterns. Jane used the “flying geese” traditional quilt pattern for this handmade paper quilt that was formed in strips to cover the 8 foot x 10 foot raised bed filled with soil.  A group of sketchers were also there at the installation to record this public art project.  Here is the website about the fire response sketching group in northern California: (https://sketchingclimatestories.com/index.php/sketching-fire-stories/

After the “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” was all installed and staked down with wooden skewers that had a cork attached at the top, Jane and volunteers watered the quilt with a pump sprayer since there is still no water available at the site after hose connections and water lines were damaged by the wildfires in the area last October. The City is working hard to restore water in the Park, and several houses in the area are being rebuilt after the fires. It is hoped that this artwork will bring healing and new life with colorful wildflowers to this devastated area.

Here are some photos of the installation ceremony on November 25. The photos were taken by Timothy S. Allen, and you can see more of his photos at https://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com
Please continue to watch this Blog for more photos of the public art installation as rains come, and the seeds in the handmade paper quilt start to sprout and grow over the coming months. We are all thankful that rain is predicted for later this week in Santa Rosa. Thank you again to all those who volunteered to help with this art project by making handmade paper for the quilt and building the headboard and footboard for the “flower bed.”

 

Building the “flower bed” for Living Quilt for Santa Rosa Public Art Project

Jane Ingram Allen and Volunteers have been busy working at Rincon Ridge Park in Santa Rosa building a “flower bed” for the Living Quilt for Santa Rosa Public Art Project.  The “bed” is almost finished and a big “thank you” to all the volunteers who came out these last few very smoky days to help build the bed and make the headboard and footboard of local trimmed branches.  Here are a few photos taken by my husband Timothy S. Allen of the bed making in  progress.  We used lots of willow and other tree branches and decorated it will colorful fall leaves and some bay leaves.  We are hoping the bay will keep away the many deer in the Park as some of the “bed” in process was damaged by deer on Saturday night.

  

 

The “bed” will be ready for the installation of the handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp at the installation ceremony on Sunday, November 25, at 3 PM.  Everyone is invited and below is the invitation to the installation.

“Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” Installation Ceremony

Sunday, November 25, 2018

3PM

Rincon Ridge Park

3960 Park Gardens Drive

(off Fountaingrove Parkway at Rincon Ridge Drive)

Santa Rosa, California 95404

Everyone is invited to join artist Jane Ingram Allen and volunteers to help lay down the handmade paper quilt with seeds in the pulp that will change over time to produce living blooming wildflowers in the same colors and patterns as the “quilt.”  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make this public artwork, and we hope “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” will bring new life and beauty over the coming months to this area that was severely affected by the wildfires last October. Hope you can join us for the installation and dedication of the public art project on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3PM.

Gathering willow branches for the Living Quilt for Santa Rosa Public Art project

These photos show the City of Santa Rosa Park Crew Supervisor, Tim Finegan, gathering trimmed willow branches to help with the Living Quilt for Santa Rosa Public Art Project. The art project will be built in Rincon Ridge Park, off Fountaingrove Blvd. at Rincon Ridge Drive, in Santa Rosa, CA. Artist Jane Ingram Allen and community volunteers will be working at the Park from Nov. 17 to Nov. 20 each day 11AM to 4PM to build a “bed” with a headboard and footboard of trimmed branches gathered locally. Volunteers are also bringing other branches to use in constructing this public art project.
The public ceremony to install the handmade paper quilt with seeds for local wildflowers in the pulp will be held on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3PM at the site in Rincon Ridge Park, Santa Rosa.
Keep watching here to see photos of the “bed” in progress.

Participants Making Paper for the Living Quilt for Santa Rosa Public Art Project, Santa Rosa, CA

On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, participants made handmade paper for the Living Quilt for Santa Rosa public art project during Open Studio time at Jane Ingram Allen’s studio, 3840 Finley  Ave., Santa Rosa, CA.  Many people of all ages joined in making handmade paper with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to create the panels of the quilt in the traditional “flying geese” quilt pattern.  The white pulp has seeds for white poppies, white cosmos, Baby’s breath and other white wildflowers and the blue pulp has seeds for California bluebells and other mixed blue wildflowers.  The quilt will  have yellow-orange borders with seeds for California poppies and other yellow wildflowers.  The handmade paper quilt will be installed on a prepared bed of soil with a headboard and footboard woven of trimmed branches by volunteers working with the artist at Rincon Ridge Park, off Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, CA.  The artist and volunteers will be working at Rincon Ridge Park from 11 AM to 4PM Nov. 17-20.  If  you would like to  volunteer, please contact Jane by email at info@janeingramallen.com or call 857-234-2432.

We also need lots of trimmed branches that are flexible to use for weaving the headboard and footboard for the “bed”.  Call or email the artist if you  have  branches to contribute.

 

The installation ceremony for Living Quilt for Santa Rosa will be Sunday November 25, at 3 PM at Rincon Ridge Park.  The public is invited so please  join us!

       

Grant Received for “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” public art project

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Jane Ingram Allen has been awarded a grant by the City of Santa Rosa for a public art project to commemorate the October 2017 wildfires in Santa Rosa, California, that destroyed so many homes, businesses and forests. Jane’s artwork “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” consists of a handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers added to the pulp in the same colors as the quilt pattern. The quilt uses the traditional “Wild Geese” quilt pattern. The blue color in the quilt is paper pulp made from recycled blue jeans. The yellow-orange pulp is abaca (a type of banana leaf fiber) dyed with a non-toxic fiber reactive dye, and the white pulp is the natural color of the abaca. The wildflower seeds in the yellow-orange strips are for California poppies. The seeds in the blue pulp are for California bluebells and mixed blue wildflowers, and the seeds in the white pulp are for Baby’s Breath and white poppies. Community people will join the artist in helping to make the handmade paper quilt and weave a headboard and footboard of local trimmed branches for the “flower bed”. All of the materials in this eco-quilt are natural and bio-degradable and will change over time to become a living, blooming bed of wildflowers. “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” will be installed in a public ceremony at Rincon Ridge Park, off Fountaingrove Parkway, in Santa Rosa, CA, at 2PM on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Everyone is invited to visit Jane’s studio in Santa Rosa on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, from 11AM to 5PM to help make paper for the project. During these two days, Jane will be holding community participation workshops to make handmade paper for the “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa”.  The workshops will be held during the Open Studio weekend at Studio Santa Rosa, 3840 Finley Avenue, Building 32, Studio 107.  For more information email info@janeingramallen.com

 

Photos from “Papermaking for Printmakers” Workshop on Oct. 6

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The participants in my Saturday Oct. 6 workshop “Papermaking for Printmakers” had a productive and creative day making handmade paper from a variety of plant fiber pulps. They learned Western and Asian/Japanese papermaking techniques for sheet forming, pressing, drying, watermarking, embossing, laminating and other special technique to create their own unique handmade paper suitable for priintmaking. It was a very congenial group because all of the participants in this workshop do letterpress printing together at the Sebastopol studio of North Bay Letterpress Arts https://www.northbayletterpressarts.org

During this workshop we made paper from the following pulps: Abaca, blue jean, eucalyptus and Sitka Spruce as well as some sedge, beach grass and paper mulberry. Here are some photos of the workshop. The photos are by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)

I can’t wait to see what the printmakers will do with the sheets they made and how the finished prints will look.  I hope to post some photos of their prints on handmade paper soon on this Blog.  The next hand papermaking workshop at my Santa Rosa studio will be “Papermaking for Fiber Artists” on Saturday and Sunday, Nov.10 and 11.  This class is already full, but contact me at info@janeingramallen if you want to be put on the waiting list.

I am also teaching a special workshop “From Plants to Paper” at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, 900 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21. We will make paper from local plants and go through the whole process from gathering plant materials to producing unique handmade papers from plants of the Laguna, such as dogbane, willow, sedge, cattail, bullrush and others we will discover there. We will also see what papermaking we can do with some invasive plants found in the Laguna.  Places are still available in this workshop, and to register go to this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-plants-to-paper-papermaking-with-laguna-plants-tickets-49579227805