Maple Shiwa Shiwa 2021
Maple Shiwa Shiwa 2021

etching, cyanotype, toned with black tea on old book pages from Japan, collage 4.75" x 6.5" Private Collection Photo by Will Slabaugh

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Shiwa Shiwa 2020
Shiwa Shiwa 2020

monotype on pleated old book pages from Japan, collage 7" x 32" Photo by Will Slabaugh

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Night Shimmer 2012
Night Shimmer 2012

indigo dye and etching on handmade paper and old book pages, collage 11" x 50" Private Collection Photo by Daniel Fox

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Maple Shiwa Shiwa 2021
Maple Shiwa Shiwa 2021

etching, cyanotype, toned with black tea on old book pages from Japan, collage 4.75" x 6.5" Private Collection Photo by Will Slabaugh

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Shiwa Shiwa (Wrinkle Wrinkle)

Shiwa shiwa means wrinkle wrinkle in Japanese.  My unique printmaking process was developed by experimenting with a traditional Japanese resist dye technique called shibori.  Paper is tightly wrapped around a pole and then the paper is compressed from top to bottom on the pole and pleated.  The pleats act as a resist when pleats stay pleated or are opened; as a result, striations, unique linear marks, are created in the paper.