Slide Show of “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” Changing Over Time

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Here is a link to the slide show showing the transformation of my installation “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” from its installation on Nov. 25, 2018 to blooming wildflowers in April, May and June 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfH104j92o

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Sacramento “Guns into Flowers” handmade paper quilt has transformed!

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My sculpture installation in Sacramento about the issue of gun violence has completely transformed, and the handmade paper “guns” with seeds for wildflowers in the paper pulp have grown into a living bloom flower bed. The wildflowers that are blooming now in the installation are white cosmos, blue bachelor buttons, Baby’s breath, white linen poppies, and a few red wildflowers including some red poppies and scarlet flax. The white cosmos flowers are really dominating the space now, but the green foliage of this wildflower is very beautiful and almost fern-like. The headboard and footboard we constructed from local branches still seems quite strong. The weather in Sacramento has been cooperative this Spring with some rain, but hot sunny days are expected in the months ahead. Several days it has already been over 100 degrees F.

This installation was done during an artist in residency at Natomas Charter School Academy of Performing and Fine Arts, in Sacramento, from Feb. 25 to March 16, 2019. Art students at the school helped to make the handmade paper quilt and install it on March 16, 2019. The installation is on view for the public at South Natomas Community Center Park in the “poet’s park area.  These photos of the transformation were taken by my husband Timothy S. Allen (allentimohotos2.wordpress.com) on June 15, 2019, during a recent visit to Sacramento.  These photos show my “Guns into Flowers” installation on March 16, 2019, when it was installed.         

Keep watching this Blog for updated photos and more news about this art project as it continues to change over time.

Living Quilt for Santa Rosa is still blooming and some flowers are going to seed.

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My Living Quilt for Santa Rosa installation continues to bloom. It is very hot now in Santa Rosa, over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s also very dry now. Some of the flowers are now making seeds and the plants will hopefully come again next season. Here are some photos of the installation taken this past weekend showing blooming cornflowers and other flowers going to seed.  Somehow one red poppy also appeared in this installation!

This artwork was installed on Nov. 25, 2018, and it is located at Rincon Ridge Park in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa, CA. I received a grant from the City of Santa Rosa to do this art project that involves handmade paper and seeds for wildflowers with participation by community volunteers. Check posts from November 2018 and following in this Blog for more information and photos of the changing over time installation.  All photos are by my husband Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com).

SUMMER 2019 Papermaking and Art Classes in Santa Rosa, CA

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Summer 2019 Papermaking and Art Classes
with Jane Ingram Allen
Studio Santa Rosa, 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa, CA, Building 32, Studio 107
To Register contact Jane by phone 857-234-2432 or email info@janeingramallen.com
https://janeingramallen.wordpress.com and http://www.janeingramallen.com

Handmade Paper Books – Saturday and Sunday (2 days) July 13 & 14, 10AM to 4PM each day – Class fee $200
In this class participants will learn to make handmade paper from a variety of plant fibers and then use this handmade paper to create unique artist books. A variety of Japanese and other binding and folding techniques will be covered. No prior papermaking experience required.

Getting That Grant or Residency – Saturday August 3, 10 AM to 4PM – Class Fee $100
In this class Jane will share information about her experiences as an artist in residence, curator and juror and guide participants in how to increase their chances of receiving a grant or getting support for their work. Jane will critique your resume, artist statement, images of your work and proposals that you are working on and give advice on how to improve your applications and how to find opportunities.

Mixed Media Papermaking – Tuesday through Friday (4 days) August 6-9, 10AM to 4PM each day– Class fee $500
In this class learn to make handmade paper using Asian and Western fibers and techniques and create your own mixed media artworks with handmade paper. Use many different art mediums and techniques with handmade paper such as collage, printmaking, painting, stitchery, weaving and basketry. No prior papermaking experience required.

About the Instructor: Jane Ingram Allen is an award-winning international artist and hand papermaking expert who has been an artist in residence in Japan, Taiwan, China the Philippines, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Tanzania, France, England, Brazil, and the US. She was a Fulbright Scholar Award artist in Taiwan and a Fulbright Specialist artist in Turkey. She learned traditional Japanese papermaking in Japan and taught papermaking while living in Taiwan for 8 plus years. She was an art professor at SUNY, Morrisville, NY, and College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, and a Textile Arts instructor at Foothill College and Canada College in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been a museum curator and art writer for many years and has taught papermaking workshops in the 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, and Mass Audubon Visual Art Center among others.

Contact Jane about individual consulting and private use of her papermaking studio. Class sizes limited to 4 people. To register, phone Jane at 857-234-2432 or email to info@janeingramallen.com

“Guns Into Flowers” art installation is starting to bloom in Sacramento

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My “Guns into Flowers” art installation that was installed on March 16 at South Natomas Community Center Park is starting to bloom. This art installation was created with the participation of art students at Natomas Charter School Academy of Performing and Fine Arts in Sacramento, CA. The installation consists of a handmade paper quilt with a gun motif pattern with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp. The art project raises awareness about gun violence and transforms the “guns” into flowers.

These photos show the first flowers starting to bloom. The weather has been very cooperative in Sacramento this Spring, and the plants are growing fast.  We have even had some rare rain storms in May.  These photos were taken on Friday, March 17 by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)
Keep checking this Blog for more photos as the installation continues to change and the handmade paper “guns” transform into living blooming flowers.

A big thank you to the art teachers as Natomas Charter School, Jim Vetter and Chelsea Greninger, and to all the art students at the school who helped to make the quilt squares and borders for this project that I did during a three-weeks artist in residency at the school from Feb. 25 to March 17, 2019.

Sacramento “Guns Into Flowers” public artwork continues to grow and more seeds are sprouting

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It is great to see these photos of my public artwork “Guns into Flowers” that is sited at South Natomas Community Center Park, Sacramento, California. This project was done in cooperation with Natomas Charter School Academy of Performing and Fine Arts, during a 3 -week artist-in-residency during February and March.  It was installed on March 16, 2019. The seeds in the handmade paper quilt are for wildflowers in the same colors and pattern, and the handmade paper quilt has a gun motif to transform those “guns” into flowers in a few more months. One of the students that I worked with at the school is continuing to take photos of the artwork as it changes over time. It is great to have the photos to continue documenting this piece, and I will continue to post them as I receive them.  These photos were received on May 1, 2019, and I am sure they will be sending more photos soon.   There has been only a little rain in Sacramento, and the people there have also been watering the quilt to help the seeds germinate and the seedings grow.  Thanks to everyone for all the help.

Thinking of Earth Day and the Beauty of Spring

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Happy Earth Day everyone!  I was thinking today of the first art project I made with seeds in the paper pulp to sprout and grow over time. That was an art installation titled “Living Earth” created for the 25th anniversary of Earth Day in 1995 made with my art students at SUNY Morrisville on the campus in Morrisville, NY.  A handmade paper global map with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp changed over time into a living blooming earth. This artwork was focused on bringing more awareness to the problem of global warming and showed the continents of the Western Hemisphere and how they were projected to change from global warming. This is an even more acute problem today as global warming and climate change are becoming evident to all of us, and our coastlines are already changing.  Here are some pre-digital photos of my “Living Earth” installation in 1995.

My recent public art installation in Santa Rosa, California, also uses handmade paper pulp with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to change, grow and bloom over time. This artwork called “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” continues to grow and bloom with more flowers appearing every day. The artwork was installed on Nov. 25, 2018, and the first blooms began appearing in mid March 2019.

The “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” art installation was part of the city of Santa Rosa public art program that awarded grants to artists to create public art in response to the devastating wildfires of October 2017. My installation is in the Fountaingrove area at Rincon Ridge Park near the children’s play area, and it consists of a “bed” made with soil and a headboard and footboard for the bed woven of local trimmed branches. The handmade paper quilt for the bed was created with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp in the same colors and pattern. I used the traditional “Flying Geese” quilt pattern and the colors of blue, white and yellow gold. The seeds in the pulp are for California golden poppies, Tidy Tips, Baby Blue Eyes, Wild Lupine, Globe Gilia, Baby’s Breath, Sweet Alyssum and White Linen Poppies. The flowers will continue to bloom over the summer, and the installation will biodegrade over time.

Hope you can go to see “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” if you are near Santa Rosa, California. Rincon Ridge Park is off Fountaingrove Parkway at Rincon Ridge Drive and open to the public. Here are some photos of the Santa Rosa artwork taken on April 20 and 21, 2019, showing many flowers in full bloom, and the handmade paper quilt has all disappeared into the earth as mulch.  Seeing all those wildflowers in bloom reminds us that the Earth is a living thing of great beauty.

I also have another installation with handmade paper and seeds for wildflowers in the pulp that is in Sacramento, California, at South Natomas Community Center Park.  The Sacramento public art project is about the issue of gun violence and called “Guns into Flowers” That project was a result of an artist in residency at Natomas Charter School, Academy of Performing and Fine Arts in Sacramento, CA, and the installation was done on March 16, 2019. The handmade paper quilt has a pattern of many different types and shapes of guns, and the paper pulp has seeds for wildflowers in the same colors and patterns. The installation was made with the participation of students at Natomas Charter School, and the “guns” will transform over time into living, blooming wildflowers as the handmade paper quilt dissolves into mulch and the seeds sprout and grow. Check back on this Blog in a few weeks to see how it progresses. The seeds are already beginning to sprout, and the wildflower plants are growing taller.

Sacramento “Guns into Flowers” public art installation is sprouting!

              

My public art installation titled “Guns into Flowers” at South Natomas Community Center Park in Sacramento, CA, is starting to sprout. We have had lots of rain and warm days in the weeks since the piece was installed on March 16. The installation consists of a handmade paper quilt with gun images and having seeds for wildflowers in the pulp in the same colors and pattern. Over time the seeds will sprout and grow as the handmade paper dissolves into mulch and transforms the “guns” into flowers. This public art project is a result of a 3-week artist in residency in Sacramento from Feb. 25 – March 16 at Natomas Charter School, Performing and Fine Arts Academy, and the students helped to make the handmade paper quilt and assisted in the installation on March 16. Please check this Blog often for more photos and updates about this project.

“Guns Into Flowers” Project installed on March 16, 2019, at South Natomas Community Center Park, Sacramento, CA

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Detail of installing first of 20 squares for the Guns into Flowers handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp.

These photos are of the installation ceremony on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at South Natomas Community Center Park, Sacramento, CA. Many people came out to see the installation and support this project that focused on raising awareness about the issue of gun violence. The Guns into Flowers “quilt” will dissolve into compost over time and the wildflower seeds in the handmade paper pulp will sprout and grow into a living blooming bed of wildflowers in the same colors and pattern, thus transforming the “guns into flowers”.

Laying down the Guns into Flowers Quilt on the prepared “bed”.

Natomas Charter School visual arts students laying down the quilt squares and staking them to the ground with bamboo skewers having a wine cork on top.

Natomas Charter School art teachers Chelsea Greninger and Jim Vetter and school founder and executive director Dr. Ting Sun speaking at the installation ceremony for the “Guns Into Flowers” art project in Sacramento, CA

Detail showing two students installing a Guns into Flowers handmade paper quilt square.

Natomas Charter School visual arts students, principal and art teachers with the artist Jane Ingram Allen after the installation is completed.

Students and teachers spoke at the installation ceremony to tell about their experience of working on the Guns into Flowers art project.

Artist Jane Ingram Allen directs the students in laying down the Guns into Flowers handmade paper quilt on the prepared “bed”

The installation of the “Guns into Flowers” handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the paper pulp was done with the participation of the visual arts students of Natomas Charter School. The students were involved in the whole process of creating a public art installation in a city park at the South Natomas Community Center. The Guns into Flowers art project was created during a three-week artist in residency at Natomas Charter School working with the students to make the handmade paper quilt and create a “flower bed” with a headboard and footboard woven of local branches. The quilt was installed in a public ceremony with students laying down the 20 squares and borders to form the quilt on the 8 feet x 10 feet “bed”.

Thanks to all the students and teachers at Natomas Charter School Performing and Fine Arts Academy for their participation in this project and to our other sponsors: Natomas Arts & Education Foundation, N Magazine, City of Sacramento, Edward L. Anderson Jr. Foundation and The Arts Engagement Foundation of Kansas City. It was a great experience working on this project with the students to create a public art installation in Sacramento.
Photos of the installation are by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com).

“Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” art installation is blooming!

On Sunday, March 17, 2019, after returning to Santa Rosa, CA, from my artist in residency project “Guns into Flowers” in Sacramento with Natomas Charter School and sited at South Natomas Community Center Park, I went again to see my installation “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” installed on Nov. 25, 2018, at Rincon Ridge Park in Santa Rosa, CA. I was so happy to see that some of the wildflowers that were in the handmade paper quilt are starting to bloom.

Here are a few photos of the Living Quilt for Santa Rosa when it was installed on Nov. 25, 2018, and a few photos of how it looks on March 17, 2019, when some of the flowers are starting to bloom. This installation has brought new life and some blooming flowers to the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa that was so heavily impacted by the devastating October 2018 wildfires.

Some of the Baby’s breath white flowers are blooming now, and I also spotted a California bluebell flower in bloom. None of the golden poppies or yellow wildflowers that were in the borders of the quilt are blooming yet, but hopefully they will start to bloom in a few more days.

The weather here is nice and sunny now, and the plants are growing taller. For some reason there seems to be an area on one side of the installation where no flowers are growing, and seeds did not sprout. With these installations that depend on nature as a partner, there is always some uncertainty about how it will turn out, but for me that is part of the exciting process of making art that is all biodegradable and designed to work with nature and change over time.

I will post more photos of Living Quilt for Santa Rosa as it continues to develop and change. Photos are all taken by my husband Timothy S. Allen (https://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com) Also, keep looking at this Blog for more photos of the “Guns into Flowers” art project in Sacramento that was installed on March 16, 2019.