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.

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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

 

 

Introduction to Hand Papermaking Workshop on Sept. 29, 2018

It was a great group last Saturday for the Introduction to Hand Papermaking Workshop held in my studio in Santa Rosa, California. The participants in the workshop learned how to make paper using a variety of pulps and Western and Asian techniques for hand papermaking. We used abaca pulp (a banana relative), blue jean pulp (from recycled cotton blue jeans), Eucalyptus bark (prepared from local roadside Eucalyptus trees) and Sitka Spruce bark (gathered on the Oregon coast where Sitka Spruce trees are growing). Below you can see some photos of the workshop, taken by my husband Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)


Take a look at my Post on August 7, 2018 for a full list of the other Fall 2018 Papermaking Workshops. I will also teach a special class on the weekend of Oct. 20-21 at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, “Plants to Paper”. This workshop will be a chance to learn how to make unique handmade paper from plants found in the Laguna de Santa Rosa area and create a variety of papers during the two-day hands-on workshop. We will gather plant materials, cook, beat and make paper from several local plants. To register for the Plants to Paper Workshop go to the website for the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation: http://lagunadesantarosa.org/laguna_walks_classes.html Scroll down to see the workshop on Oct. 20-21 and click the link to register. Or, email me at info@janeingramallen.com for more information about upcoming papermaking art workshops.

Public Art Project “Guns into Flowers” in Sacramento, CA during February 2019

During February 2018 Jane Ingram Allen will work in Sacramento, California, as an artist-in-residence at Natomas Charter School, Performing and Fine Arts Academy, to create an outdoor public art installation “Guns into Flowers” that will raise awareness about gun violence and possibilities for change. The “Guns into Flowers” project will be installed in a park or other sunny outdoor spot and consist of a handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to transform over time into living blooming wildflowers. The handmade paper quilt will have multiple quilt blocks featuring guns in various shapes and colors. The quilt blocks will be made 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 of local branches. The handmade paper quilt will gradually dissolve into mulch over several months as the wildflower seeds begin to sprout and grow. The installation “Guns into Flowers” will transform over time to emphasize the natural cycle of life and working together to change our society and environment for the future.

Jane did a similar public art project “Living Quilt for Newnan” in August 2017, in
Newnan, Georgia, during a 3-week artist-in-residency at Newnan Art Rez
(www.newnanartists.org) working with community participants and the City of Newnan. For more information about the “Living Quilt for Newnan” project see the artist’s Blog posts at https://janeingramallen.wordpress.com/2017/08/ and
https://janeingramallen.wordpress.com/2017/09/

This is a view of the “Living Quilt for Newnan” installed on a raised “flower bed” with a
headboard and footboard woven of local branches.

Living Quilt for Newnan, installed on 8/29/2017

The handmade paper quilt is dissolving and the wildflowers growing on Sept.29, 2017.


The first blooms occurred in early November 2017.


This photo shows the “Living Quilt for Newnan” in May 2018 blooming again after the winter.

Jane has received a grant to support the “Guns into Flowers” art project
from the Arts Engagement Foundation of Kansas City, and Natomas Charter School will be matching the grant and hosting the project in Sacramento. Keep watching this Blog for more posts about the “Guns into Flowers” project in Sacramento.

Fall 2018 Papermaking Classes in Santa Rosa

Here is the announcement about classes in hand papermaking that I am offering this Fall in my Santa Rosa studio.

Fall 2018 Papermaking Art Workshops  with Jane Ingram Allen 

at The Studio Santa Rosa, 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa, CA, Building 32, Studio 107

Why take a Papermaking Workshop?

  • Create your own unique handmade paper art and explore the possibilities of a new media.
  • Experience the zenof hand papermaking.
  • Learn about the unique qualities of different plant fibers useful for papermaking.
  • Make the handmade paper itself the finished work, or combine it with printmaking, painting, drawing, bookmaking, collage, sculpture, basketry, weaving, etc.

About the Workshops:

  • intimate setting; class size limited to 4 people.
  • Beginners and experienced papermakers welcome.
  • Equipment and materials provided.
  • Discounts Available: $10 off for taking a 2ndworkshop; $10 off for recommending a friend who signs up for a workshop.
  • Coffee and tea provided. Bring your own lunch.
  • Questions: 857-234-2432 or contact by email at info@janeingramallen.com

About the Instructor: 

  • Award winning international artist and hand papermaking expert with 40 years of experience.
  • Papermaking teacher and resident artist in Japan, Taiwan, China, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Tanzania, France, England, Brazil, and the US. Fulbright Scholar Award artist in Taiwan and Fulbright Specialist artist in Turkey.
  • Trained in traditional Japanese papermaking in Japan, and taught papermaking while living in Taiwan for 8 plus years.
  • Former Art professor at SUNY, Morrisville, NY, and College of St. Rose, Albany, NY. Former textile Arts instructor at Foothill College and Canada College.
  • Taught papermaking workshops in US at Women’s Studio Workshop, Peter’s Valley School of Crafts, Morgan Conservancy, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Queens Botanical Garden, Brookfield Craft Center, Mass Audubon and others.
  • For more information visit Jane’s Blog at https://janeingramallen.wordpress.comand her website at janeingramallen.com

Description of Fall 2018 Workshops at Jane Ingram Allen’s Santa Rosa, CA, studio 

Introduction to Hand Papermaking:  Explore techniques of hand papermaking including sheet forming, pressing and drying as well as techniques of laminating, embedding and watermarking.  Learn how papermaking can be used for a variety of art creations and make an array of handmade papers using cotton, abaca and local plant fibers.

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 10AM to 4PM. Register by email to info@janeingramallen.comor phone 857-234-2432.  Register by sending a deposit of $50 by Sept. 26.
  • Fee: $125 – Materials and equipment provided *

Papermaking for Printmakers:  Learn to make handmade with Western and Japanese techniques that can be used for letterpress printing and other printmaking to give unique qualities and special effects.  We will create paper sheets up to 11” x 17” using a variety of fibers that have unique textures and various natural colors.  Methods of beating, pressing, joining, drying and sizing the handmade paper sheets will also be covered. 

  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 10AM to 4PM. Register by email to info@janeingramallen.comor phone 857-234-2432. Register by sending a deposit of $50 by Oct. 3.
  • Fee: $125 – Materials and equipment provided.*

Papermaking for Fiber Artists:   Papermaking is just another way of using fibers!  Learn to make handmade paper from a variety of plant fibers and combine hand papermaking with various fiber art techniques, such as weaving, basketry, stitchery, quilting, crochet, spinning, etc.  We will create handmade paper and fiber art mixed media works using pulps made from abaca, mulberry, cotton, and other locally collected fiber plants.  Using two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques and natural colors and textures from the various plant fibers, expand your horizons and discover new possibilities in fiber art.

  • Saturday and Sunday, 10 and 11, 10AM to 4PM.  Register by email to info@janeingramallen.comor phone 857-234-2432. Register by sending $100 deposit by Oct. 17.
  • Fee $200 – Materials and equipment provided.*

Japanese and Asian Papermaking:   Focus on Asian techniques and fibers.  Learn Japanese papermaking and other unique Asian techniques to create handmade papers from exotic plant fibers such as abaca (banana species), kozo (paper mulberry bark), lotka (Daphne bark) and local fibers that are Asian in origin.  Learn to use Jane’s sugeta (Japanese mold and deckle) as well as Western style molds to create Asian and Japanese papers that can be thin, almost transparent but very strong.  Watermarking, inclusions and other Asian-inspired techniques will be covered.

  • Saturday, Nov. 1710AM to 4PM. Register by email to info@janeingramallen.comor phone 857-234-2432. Register by sending $50 deposit by Nov.14.
  • Fee: $125 – Materials and equipment provided *

Papermaking Studio Rental:  Jane’s Papermaking Studio is available for your personal rental (weekdays or weekends) at a fee of $15/hour (minimum of 4 hours).  To rent the studio you are required to take at least one workshop with Jane and attend a special session with Jane about using the studio.  Jane will prepare materials and be there for consulting. You will have use of the studio space and Jane’s equipment.  Materials cost will depend on what pulp and other materials from Jane are used and will be discussed at the studio session.  Call Jane at 857-234-2432 for more information or email to info@janeingramallen.com