“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.

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“Guns into Flowers” Art Project and Handmade Paper Quilt to be installed Saturday, March 16

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The public is invited to see the installation of a handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp placed on an artist-created “flower bed” at South Natomas Community Center, Sacramento, CA.  Visual Arts students from Natomas Charter School and the artist Jane Ingram Allen will be there to speak about the project after the installation of the handmade paper quilt, starting at 2PM on Saturday, March 16.  

The “Guns into Flowers” public art installation will begin at 2PM on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at South Natomas Community Center Park, 2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento, California.

Sponsors for this art project include Natomas Arts and Education Foundation, N Magazine, City of Sacramento, Natomas Charter School, Natomas Charter School PFAF, Edward L. Anderson Jr. Foundation, and the Arts Engagement Foundation of Kansas City.

This art project has been created by artist Jane Ingram Allen and students at Natomas Charter  School, Performing and Fine Arts Academy, during a three-week artist in residency from Feb. 25 to March 16, 2019.  Read more about this art project and see photos from earlier posts on this blog.  Photos are by Timothy S. Allen.

Check back to see how the handmade paper quilt with seeds in the pulp changes over time into living blooming wildflowers.  It is hoped that this project will raise awareness about gun violence and create more public dialogue about possibilities for change.

“Guns into Flowers” Art Project Begins Feb. 25, 2019 at Natomas Charter School in Sacramento, CA

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I started working as a visiting artist in residence on Monday, Feb. 25, at Natomas Charter School in Sacramento, CA. I am creating an outdoor public art installation titled “Guns into Flowers”  with the students to raise awareness about gun violence in our schools and communities. We are making a handmade paper quilt with a gun motif and seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to transform the guns into flowers over time as the paper pulp dissolves into compost, and the seeds begin to sprout and grow into blooming flowers. Here is a photo of some of the students learning about papermaking and getting introduced to the project at Natomas Charter School Academy of Performing and Fine Arts. Photos to document the project are by Timothy S. Allen. Keep watching this Blog to see more photos and follow the progress as we continue with papermaking workshops this week and next to make the quilt squares. The official opening ceremony and laying down of the “quilt” will be on Saturday, March 16 at 2PM in the park at South Natomas Community Center, Sacramento, CA.

Spring 2019 Papermaking Art Classes in Santa Rosa, CA

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Announcing Spring 2019 Papermaking Art Classes
with Jane Ingram Allen
at Studio Santa Rosa, 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa, CA, Building 32, Studio 107
Contact Jane by phone 857-234-2432 or email info@janeingramallen.com

Learn in an environment surrounded by original artworks that were created using the techniques being taught in the workshops.

Class size is limited to 4 people, and all materials and equipment are provided.

 

 

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 and Asia 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 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
• 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.com and her website at http://www.janeingramallen.com

Classes in Spring 2019

Introduction to Hand Papermaking: Explore Western and Asian 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 (2-D and 3-D) and make an array of handmade papers using cotton, abaca, kozo and local plant fibers.
• Saturday, March 30, 10AM to 4PM.
• Fee: $125 – Materials and equipment provided

Color and Hand Papermaking: Create your own handmade paper with colored pulps using Western and Japanese techniques. Learn to use dyes and pigments to color pulp as well as natural dyes and the natural color of different plant fiber pulps. Your handmade paper can be used for painting or drawing with watercolors, inks, dry media, acrylics, oil, encaustic and other techniques, as well as creating the art with the colored pulp. We will create paper sheets up to 11” x 17” using a variety of fibers that have unique textures and colors. We will learn pulp painting and other techniques for creating imagery with paper pulp as well as applying mixed media painting techniques on the handmade paper.
Saturday, April 27, 10AM to 4PM.
• Fee: $125 – Materials and equipment provided

Plants to Paper: Learn how to make handmade paper from local plant waste materials such as leaves and bark of common local plants. This class will cover how to make paper from “scratch” using materials found locally and easily available equipment and supplies and sustainable methods. We will identify, gather, cook, beat and form handmade paper from a variety of local plants to create unique place-connected handmade papers with a variety of natural colors and textures. We will create sample books and compile records and recipes for making paper from local plants.
• Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 10 AM to 4 PM each day
• Fee: $200, materials and equipment provided

Getting Grants and Residencies: Learn to find and make wining applications for a grant or residency. In this open session for all artists, with individual coaching and Q & A, Jane will share her experiences getting grants for residencies, public art projects and research and art making opportunities internationally. Jane has received grants from state, local and national foundations, arts councils, museums and public art commissions as well as three Fulbright Awards and grants to do artist-in-residencies in Japan, Nepal, Indonesia, Tanzania, China, Taiwan, Turkey and other countries as well as in the USA. Participants in this workshop, should bring examples/images of their artwork, a resume and artist statement and printed out information about any opportunities you are thinking about applying for. Bringing your own laptop would also be good for this workshop.
• Saturday May 11, 10AM to 4PM
• Fee $100

Sculptural Papermaking: Learn to make handmade paper sculptures and installation art using a variety of plant fibers and combining hand papermaking with various sculpture techniques, such as casting, embossing, molding, constructing, building over armatures and modeling. We will create handmade paper sculptures and mixed media works using pulps made from abaca, kozo (mulberry bark), cotton, and other locally collected fiber plants. Using three-dimensional techniques and natural colors and textures from the various plant fibers, expand your horizons and discover new possibilities in sculpture.
• Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 10AM to 4PM.
• Fee $200 – Materials and equipment provided

Papermaking Studio Rental: Jane’s Papermaking Studio is available for your personal use (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 by phone or email about using the studio and materials. 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.

To Register for a class: contact Jane at info@janeingramallen.com or phone 857-234-2432.  Look for more classes to be announced here in Summer and Fall.

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!

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.