Maker of the Week - Jennifer Falck Linssen

Monday 3 October 2011

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Jennifer says that the foundation of her artwork lies in the ancient Japanese paper and textile traditions of katagami and katazome: "My artwork takes the stencil (katagami) and recontextualises it by exploring the sculptural possibilities of the handcarved 'stencil' in and of itself." This combination of katagami, basketry, and metalsmithing is a unique and contemporary take on ancient traditions.

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Jennifer was trained in fine art and has been creating and designing her unique pieces for the past 10 years. Concentrating on textiles and sculptural vessels, she works full-time from her studio in Colorado.

Jennifer has travelled and lived in other cultures and her artwork reflects upon the refinement and harmony of fine Japanese craft, the elegance and beauty of European textile traditions, and the form and texture of American and African art.

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The stunning 'katagami baskets' juxtapose basketry traditions and classical forms with pictorial katagami-style handcarved stencils in paper and metal. Jennifer's work has been exhibited on an international scale in various galleries and exhibitions as well as a wide range of publications.

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Jennifer states the following on her website: "My current work is about the struggle between fragility and endurance. I try to manipulate the materials and techniques as a way of dealing with this concept. The calm and refined exterior is my way of seeking harmony and serenity in life."

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Contact Details:

Email: jennifer@jenniferfalcklinssen.com

Website

Images, from top to bottom:

1. 'Siena,' Katagami-style handcarved paper wall sculpture with stitching. Materials include archival cotton paper, aluminum, waxed linen, paint, and varnish, from the 'Reveal' series, 1065mm (42in) high x 685mm (27in) wide x 200mm (8in) dia.

2. 'Lucca,' Katagami-style handcarved paper sculpture with stitching. Materials include archival cotton and kozo papers, aluminum, waxed linen, coated copper wire, acrylic paint, and varnish, from the Equinox series, 280mm (11in) high x 535mm (21in) wide x 180mm (7in) dia.

3. 'Potential,' Katagami-style handcarved paper installation with stitching. Materials include archival cotton paper, aluminum, waxed linen, paint, and varnish, 20 piece installation from the Reveal series, 63in high x 75in wide x 200mm (8in) dia.

4. 'Kernel,' Katagami-style handcarved paper vessel with stitching and hand drawing. Materials include archival cotton paper, aluminum, waxed linen, monofilament, paint, pigment, graphite, mica, and varnish, from the Ripples & Codes series, 380mm (15in) high x 200mm (8in) wide x 200mm (8in) dia.

5. 'Shelter,' handcrafted vessel of katagami-style handcarved paper. Materials include archival cotton paper, aluminum, waxed linen, coated copper wire, paint, and varnish, from the Fire & Emotion series. 485mm (19in) high x 355mm (14in) wide x 125mm (5in) dia.

6. 'Center,' handcrafted vessel of katagami-style handcarved paper with continuous coil looping and stitching. Materials include archival cotton paper, aluminum, waxed linen, indigo, paint, and varnish, from the Wave/Water series, 235mm (9 1/4in) high x 460mm (18in) wide x 380mm (15in) dia.

7. 'Beauty in the Deep,' handcrafted basket of katagami-style handcarved paper and stitched construction with continuous coil looping & exposed-core coiling. Materials include sterling silver, fine silver, archival cotton paper, indigo, monofilament, waxed linen, paint, and varnish, from the Wave/Water series, 280mm (11in) high x 535mm (21in) wide x 485mm (19in) dia. (PHOTOGRAPH BY TIM BENKO)

8. 'Echo,'katagami-style handcarved paper wall sculpture with stitching. Materials include archival cotton paper, aluminum, waxed linen, paint, mica, and varnish, from the Echoes & Artifacts series, 760mm (30in) high x 80in wide x 75mm (3in) dia. (PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER FALCK LINSSEN)