I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m drawn to materials: glass, ceramic, metal, polymer clay, fiber, found objects, recycled bits and pieces. Each time I happen upon a new discovery I’m convinced anew that it is THIS particular material that I love, that I long for. And then I realize that I love all of them – for their potential, for their properties, for their challenges. And so it is with paper.
Liz Hamman shares my love for paper and her work lends itself to the stories I imagine about the paper’s former life…a piece of sheet music once perched on a student’s music stand…a map that helped a family find their way to a new home…a book whose pages are worn and weathered from a young boy’s eager page turning as he surges to the end of the story. Hamman proves that the end of the story isn’t always the end.
Paper may not seem like the obvious choice as a material for jewellery due to its fragile and ephemeral nature. I am interested in the idea that these qualities reflect the nature of the human form itself and also question the nature of `value` in the society we live in, especially when making use of books, maps and other pre printed matter.