Wednesday, August 17, will be the first day of my Artist in Residency Project at Peddock’s Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. This photo shows the ferry landing at Peddock’s Island. There is a visitor’s center and remains of many old buildings on Peddock’s Island as well as some nice hiking trails.
During this residency I will be making handmade paper from invasive plants found on Peddock’s Island. Here is a photo of one of the rangers collecting some Phragmites australis (Common Reed) that is one invasive plant that can make paper. This plant originally from Asia is growing too much now on Peddock’s and out competing many native plants to take over in certain areas. The rangers are happy to have me use some of this material to make handmade paper for my artwork. I will also try some of the other invasive plants for papermaking during this residency project. I will be creating a mixed media installation with handmade paper and natural thread that will be about the endangered birds on Peddock’s Island. I will be having open public workshops at Peddock’s Island in a temporary papermaking studio set up near the chapel area.
During a pre-residency tour of Peddock’s Island last Thursday, I met with Carolyn Lewenberg and some of the Park’s staff and Boston Harbor Now staff to talk about the residency project and see the chapel area and other facilities.
The papermaking public activities will be Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, from 10:30 – Noon and 2 -4 PM each day. Stop by and join in to help make many handmade paper bird shapes for the installation.
Also, there will be a Bird Walk at 9:30 – 10:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday mornings, on Peddock’s Island, led by staff from the Mass Audubon Society to watch for birds and learn more about endangered birds on the Boston Harbor Islands.
On Saturday, August 20 from 12-1:30 you can also join an Invasive Plants Walk with stewards on Peddock’s Island to learn about the invasive plants. The Walks will end back at the papermaking studio so people can also join in the papermaking activities. Hope to see you on Peddock’s Island this weekend. Public ferries are available to the islands from Long Wharf in Boston.
Keep checking here for more photos about this residency project. Photos are by my husband Timothy S. Allen who is helping as a volunteer with this project. See more of his photos at his Blog: http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com