New Wall Installation Up Now in Point Reyes Station, CA

My new art installation titled “Point Reyes Waterways” is up now at Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA. This wall installation of handmade paper and thread is part of the Women Eco Artists Dialog (www.weadartists.org) Extraction Exhibition in the Project Space at Gallery Route One, a non-profit exhibition space with a focus on works connected to the environment. This show is organized by WEAD and part of the huge multi-country, multi-gallery project called Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss (https://www.extractionart.org/home).

“Point Reyes Waterways” focuses on Extraction and Water.  Extraction is a problem because of how we extract what we extract and how much we take without nature being able to replenish it.  We almost have to extract something to make anything and to live.  My focus is on over-extraction of water, a necessary element for life.  Over-use and extraction of underground water causes land subsidence.  Global warming and climate change are causing droughts, flooding, rising sea levels and other catastrophic events involving water.  This site-specific wall installation of handmade paper, cotton thread and seeds for blue wildflowers highlights the waterways of Point Reyes, and by leaving the land as negative space makes us more aware of the water. 

detail of “Point Reyes Waterways” 2021 at Extraction Exhibition, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA
“Point Reyes Waterways”, 9 feet x 6 feet wall installation of handmade paper, dye, thread, seeds for blue wildflowers

This work and the “Extraction” exhibition will be on view in Pt. Reyes Station at Gallery Route One Project Space, September 18 to October 24, 2021. For more information about gallery hours and the public programs for this exhibition: https://galleryrouteone.org/exhibits/upcoming/

My “Living Quilts” are featured today in ART NEWS

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I am happy to announce that my “Living Quilts” are featured in today’s ART NEWS publication. Art writer Julia Travers contacted me recently about writing a feature for ART NEWS about my outdoor public art installations “Living Quilts” that make use of handmade paper with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to grow and change over time into living blooming artworks. This article talks mainly about my most recent living quilt made in the Summer Youth Art Program of Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, Oregon (www.sitkacenter.org)

Installing the “Living Quilt for Nestucca” on August 12, 2021, at Nestucca K-12 School Garden, Cloverdale, OR

This ART NEWS article also mentions other Living Quilts I have done in Santa Rosa, CA, with the City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program in 2018, and in 2019 in Newnan, Georgia, with the Newnan Art Rez program. 

The photos for the Art News article are all by my husband Timothy S. Allen https://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com

Here is the link to the ART NEWS article: https://www.artnews.com/art-news/artists/jane-ingram-allen-living-quilts-1234603170/

New Art Project in Oregon – Living Quilt for Nestucca Valley

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The first two weeks in August I will be a visiting artist at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology (www.sitkacenter.org) to work with their new Summer Youth Program and create a “living quilt” art installation at the Nestucca Valley Elementary School grounds. My “living quilts” are site specific outdoor art installations meant to change over time and work with nature as a partner. The “quilts” are made with handmade paper in a selected quilt pattern, and the pulp has seeds for wildflowers in the same colors and pattern. The “quilt” is installed on a prepared bed, and over time the paper dissolves into compost to nourish the earth, and the seeds sprout and grow into a blooming flower bed.

For this quilt, we are using a quilt design representing three of the most pressing environmental problems in this coastal Oregon region: salmon preservation, forest preservation and water conservation. Here is a photo of one of the quilt squares I made this week in my Santa Rosa, CA, studio to try out the design for Living Quilt for Nestucca Valley. I will be doing papermaking workshops with the kids during the two weeks, August 1 – 13, and we expect to install the 8 feet x 10 feet quilt on August 12, 2021. We will make 24 of these 16″ x 21″ squares and borders with tree images at the top and bottom and on each side. Keep watching this Blog for updates on the project and photos of the process.

One square of “Living Quilt for Nestucca Valley”
Sketch for “Living Quilt for Nestucca Valley” showing the 24 quilt blocks and the borders.

Living Quilt for Steckborn is blooming now with many red poppies!

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My outdoor art installation in Steckborn, Switzerland titled “Living Quilt for Steckborn” is now blooming well with many red poppies. I created this artwork in my California studio and shipped it to Switzerland for installation in April 2021. The artwork has a handmade paper quilt in the “Peaks and Valleys” pattern with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to grow and change over time. The installation has grown well thanks to the good care from the staff at Haus zur Glocke, an art center in Steckborn, Switzerland. This project was done with the cooperation of Haus zur Glocke Curator Judi Villiger and the city of Steckborn and installed by volunteers. I participates in the April installation by Internet because travel was not possible during the pandemic.

This photo shows the Living Quilt for Steckborn installation blooming on July 10, 2021. The photo was sent to me by Judit Villiger, Director and Curator at Haus zur Glocke. There are so many red poppies now, and I hope we can see some more yellow, white and blue wildflowers soon. I also put another photo here of how the “quilt” looked when it was installed in Steckborn back in April. “Living Quilt for Steckborn” remains on view in Steckborn, Switzerland, and you can also see some of my other living quilt installations blooming now in Sacramento, California at Sojourner Truth Park, and in Santa Rosa, California, at Rincon Ridge Park.

Happy 4th of July!

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On this Independence Day in 2021, let’s celebrate our country as we recognize its imperfections and inequalities and strive to improve it. It is continually evolving and still a work in process. Here are images of a few of the many American Flag artworks I have created over the years.

“Blowin’ in the Wind”, 1992, 5 feet x 12 feet, artist-made handmade paper, string, acrylic paint, mylar, commissioned by ASCAP (American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers) and Morton Gould for the organization’s boardroom at their Lincoln Center headquarters in New York City.
Rainbow Flag, 1992, 4 feet x 6 feet, acrylic paint, string, on artist made handmade paper, now in a private collection.
Flag in Two Pieces, 1992, 3 feet x 50 inches x 12 inches, artist-made handmade paper, string, acrylic paint, now in private collection.
“Living Flag”, 2003, 6 feet x 3 feet, handmade paper, dye, seeds for wildflowers, soil, outdoor public art installation to change over time, created during artist in residency at Delaware Center for Contemporary Art (now Delaware Contemporary), Wilmington, DE, to change over time into living blooming wildflowers as the paper pulp dissolves into mulch to nourish the earth.

More Blooms at Living Quilt for Steckborn Installation in Switzerland

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Here is a photo taken on June 25, 2021, by Judit Villiger in Steckborn, Switzerland, of my April 2021 “Living Quilt” installation of handmade paper with seeds in the pulp to change over time and produce a living blooming artwork. This photo shows red poppies and yellow gold poppies blooming as well as white wildflowers. Hope to see some blue wildflowers too in a few more days. This art installation was supported by the Haus zur Glocke art center and the city of Steckborn and is sited on the shores of Lake Constance.

Living Quilt for Steckborn, art installation by Jane Ingram Allen, on June 23, 2021, with blooming poppies. Thank you to Judit Villiger of Haus zur Glocke for sending this photo!

Living Quilt for Steckborn, Switzerland, is Starting to Bloom

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My outdoor public art installation in Steckborn, Switzerland, that was installed on April 14, 2021, with Haus zur Glocke Art Center in the town of Steckborn on the shores of Lake Constance, is beginning to bloom! The handmade paper quilt had seeds for wildflowers in the pulp in the same colors and patterns.  Tiny white flowers (maybe Baby’s Breath) are showing up now, and there is a lot of lush green foliage for other wildflowers.  The different colors of the other wildflowers in this “living quilt” should start to bloom soon.  I am happy to post these photos sent by Haus zur Glocke Director and Curator Judit Villliger on June 7, 2021. 

I plan to make a slide show that will show the process of the “living quilt” in more detail after all the flowers bloom, maybe by mid summer. I will post the complete slide show on YouTube with a link from this Blog.  Also, I will continue posting photos sent by Judit in coming weeks.  A very big thank you to Judit and the staff at Haus zur Glocke for taking such good care of the Living Quilt and sending all of this great documentation.

Hope everyone is having a good summer.  Now it is very hot and dry here in Northern California, and it looks like my “living quilt” installations in California are maybe finished for this year.  They should come back again with blooms and new growth next Spring after our Winter rains.  

“Bed” made and filled with dirt on April 12, 2021 for “Living Quilt for Steckborn”
Installation of Living Quilt for Steckborn, on April 14, 2021
Living Quilt for Steckborn on April 19, 2021
Plants starting to grow and paper pulp disappearing as mulch on May 14, 2021
Plants growing on May 23, 2021, and all the paper pulp has dissolved into the earth.
Tiny white flowers starting to appear on June 7, 2021. Hope to see other blooms soon!

Updates on my Art Installations and Writing

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My “Living Quilts” outdoor art installations to change over time are featured in the June 2021 issue of an Australian magazine, TEXTILE FORUM. The living quilts are outdoor public art installations that consist of a handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to sprout, grow and bloom as the paper pulp dissolves into mulch. Each bed also has a headboard and footboard woven of local branches. The feature article about my “Living Quilts” is in the June 2021 issue, and there are many photos of the installations in different places and with different quilt patterns. You can see more about this magazine and the article at this link: https://www.artwearpublications.com.au/product/single-issue-textile-fibre-forum-magazine-142/

Below are some photos of my “living quilts” included in this article.

Living Quilt for Santa Rosa, installed on Nov. 25, 2018, Rincon Ridge Park, Santa Rosa, CA
Living Quilt for Santa Rosa blooming in May 2020
Volunteers installing Living Quilt for Steckborn in Steckborn, Switzerland, on April 14, 2021.

My Living Quilts are also featured in the latest Bulletin titled “Power” of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (www.iapma.net) that was published in April 2021. This publication is available at this link: https://www.iapma.info/Bulletin

The article is about my artist-in-residency project during the pandemic and the process of creating “Living Quilt for Sojourner Truth” that was installed in November 2020 at Sojourner Truth Park in Sacramento, CA. This project was part of the Sacramento Office of Arts & Culture 2020 Artist in Residency Program, and because of the pandemic I had to do most of the work in my own studio and involve people virtually. You can see the Zoom programs at this YouTube link about the creation of this “living quilt”:

Living Quilt for Sojourner Truth, installed at Sojourner Truth Park, Sacramento, CA, on Nov. 21, 2020
Living Quilt for Sojourner Truth blooming in April 2021 in Sacramento, California

I also had the opportunity to visit the Desert X outdoor sculpture exhibition in the Coachella Valley of California in late March 2021, and wrote a review of this exhibition for SCULPTURE magazine that is in the April 23, 2021, online edition. Desert X includes 9 large-scale outdoor sculpture installations in a variety of media by artists from around the world, and the works focus on the experience and culture of this Southern California desert valley that encompasses Palm Springs. You can read my review of Desert X online at this link: https://sculpturemagazine.art/desert-x-2021/

“The Passenger” by Eduardo Sarabia, featured in my review of the 2021 Desert X Exhibition in SCULPTURE magazine.

Living Quilts Blooming in Spring 2021

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It is great to see the resilient power of nature and how my Living Quilt Art Installations continue to change over time and keep on producing blooming wildflowers each season. The “living quilts” are handmade paper quilts each with a unique design, and the handmade paper pulp has seeds for wildflowers in the same colors and pattern as the “quilt”. Over time the handmade paper dissolves into mulch, and the seeds sprout and grow into a living, blooming flower bed.

Living Quilt for Steckborn was just installed in Steckborn, Switzerland, on April 17, 2021, and you can see more about that in the post previous to this one. I will post new photos of the “peaks and valleys” handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp as they are sent to me by the staff at Haus zur Glocke in Switzerland. People there in Steckborn, Switzerland, are also writing wishes for a better 2021, and they will be collected and posted online too. Thanks to Haus zur Glocke and curator Judit Villiger for making this installation possible even during a pandemic year. I was able to see the installation via a FaceTime call on April 17!

Living Quilt for Steckborn being installed on April 17, 2021. Photo by Christoph Ullmann.

Living Quilt for Sojourner Truth was installed at Sojourner Truth Park, Sacramento, CA, on Nov. 25, 2020, and it is blooming well this spring. This art installation was a part of the City of Sacramento’s 2020 artist in residency project. This photo shows many wildflowers blooming there on April 18, 2021.

Living Quilt for Sojourner Truth on April 18, 2021. Photo by Timothy S. Allen

“Guns Into Flowers” a living quilt art installation was installed on March 17, 2019. This artwork was created during an artist in residency project in Sacramento working with students at Natomas Charter School and installed at South Natomas Community Center Park, Sacramento, CA. This photo shows the art installation blooming in its 3rd year.

Guns Into Flowers on April 17, 2021. Photo by Timothy S. Allen.

Living Quilt for Santa Rosa was installed at Rincon Ridge Park in Santa Rosa, CA, on Nov. 21, 2018. This “living quilt” is now blooming for its 4th year. This project was supported by a grant from the City of Santa Rosa, and it was a response to the terrible wildfires in Santa Rosa in October 2017. It is great to see the resiliency of nature and the wildflowers continuing to bring new life to this area of Santa Rosa. This photo shows Living Quilt for Santa Rosa on April 9, 2021.

Living Quilt for Santa Rosa on April 9, 2021. Photo by Timothy S. Allen.

Happy Earth Day 2021.

Living Quilt for Steckborn installed in Switzerland

Living Quilt for Steckborn was installed on April 17, 2021, in Steckborn, Switzerland, with many people attending the outdoor ceremony held at the site on the shores of Lake Constance. This public art installation was coordinated with the art center in Steckborn, Haus zur Glocke, and curator Judit Villiger. The public artwork was jointly sponsored by Haus zur Glocke and the city of Steckborn. It was a windy and cold day when the installation was done at 5PM on April 17 in Steckborn, but we hope the wildflower seeds in this handmade paper “living quilt” will sprout in the coming weeks as the days get warmer. Hopefully, many wildflowers in the same colors and pattern will appear in the “bed” in a few months.

Here are a few photos by photographer Kaspar Schweizer at the installation ceremony held with public participation and speeches by curator Judit Villiger and a Steckborn City Council member. Many people helped to lay down the 25 handmade paper squares of the quilt that was created by me in my Santa Rosa studio and mailed to Switzerland. The quilt design is in a traditional American quilt pattern called “Peaks and Valleys” or “Delectable Mountains” and was one in common use during the time of pioneers traveling to settle the Western part of the U.S. and going over many mountains and valleys to reach their new homes. This pattern also refers to the landscape of Switzerland, since in Steckborn you can see the peaks of high mountains in the distance. This pattern also reminds us of the peaks and valleys of our lives during this pandemic time and expresses hopes for a better future. We can watch the regenerative power of nature as the seeds in the handmade paper pulp go into the soil on the prepared bed and sprout and grow into a blooming flower bed. Keep watching this Blog for more photos as the “Living Quilt for Steckborn” begins to transform.

Haus zur Glocke curator Judit Villiger distributes the handmade paper blocks for Living Quilt for Steckborn to be installed on the prepared bed at Steckborn, Switzerland, on April 14, 2021. (photo by Kaspar Schweizer)
Beginning to lay down the borders for the installation in Steckborn, Switzerland. (photo by Kaspar Schweizer)
Staking down the handmade paper quilt blocks. (photo by Kaspar Schweizer)
One row of quilt blocks laid down and staked for “Living Quilt for Steckborn” installation. (photo by Kaspar Schweizer)
Watering the handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to start the growing process. (photo by Kaspar Schweizer)
Putting a biodegradable stake made with a wooden skewer and a wine cork into one of the center blocks of “Living Quilt for Steckborn”. (photo by Kaspar Schweizer)
“Living Quilt for Steckborn” installed at the site on the shores of Lake Constance in Steckborn, Switzerland, on April 14, 2021. I attended the installation ceremony via a FaceTime phone call since it was not possible to travel to Switzerland during this pandemic time. Thanks to all for doing such a great job installing this artwork! (photo by Kaspar Schweizer)

I also have two of my handmade paper artworks at Haus zur Glocke gallery in their current indoor gallery exhibition “Opening the Atlas” which consists of indoor artworks by me and two other Swiss artists, Hannes Brunner, Berlin/Zürich and Claudia Schmid, Zürich. Check out the website at http://www.hauszurglocke.ch for more information in German about this exhibition and the Haus zur Glocke art center in Steckborn, Switzerland. My works in the current Haus Zur Glocke exhibition titled “Opening the Atlas” include “Daily Scrolls” created in 2020 as a response to the global pandemic. It contains rolled handmade paper scrolls with daily drawings and writings on them, and viewers are invited to take out a scroll, look at it, add something of their own to it and then return it to the wire recycled grid. The show also contains one of my handmade paper quilts “Sitka Paper Quilt 1” that I made during my 2014 artist in residency at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon. The paper quilts were started after seeing many “hex” signs in traditional quilt patterns painted on barns in that part of Oregon. Here are photos of those two works that are in the “Seeing the Atlas” exhibition in Steckborn at Haus zur Glocke.

“Daily Scrolls”2020 by Jane Ingram Allen, photo by Timothy S. Allen
Sitka Paper Quilt 1, 2014, by Jane Ingram Allen, photo by Timothy S. Allen

I will be posting other photos of “Living Quilt for Steckborn” as I receive them from people in Steckborn. There is also a box at the site of the “bed” installation for people in Steckborn to leave their wishes for a better 2021, and we will post some of those as they start to come in.