Holmwood Paper Sculpture

Jane Ponsford
Holmwood Paper Sculpture by Jane Ponsford is inspired by nature and the process of walking and collecting organic materials. The wreath-like shape is a form Jane often revisits, as it collates and contrasts similar (but not identical) elements in a satisfying way. This particular piece was created from handmade paper as a reminder of a walk in the Surrey landscape near Holmwood, where once there were clay pits and brickworks. These industrial landscapes are now mainly reclaimed by woodland.

Material: Handmade paper and thread, coloured with holmwood clay, glass dome, gesso painted wooden base
cm: Width 10cm, Depth 10cm, Height 19cm
inches: Width 3.9in, Depth 3.9in, Height 7.5in
Care Instructions: Wash dome by hand with mild soap
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Materials used for making the paper are pulped in a Hollander beater. Jane then uses small improvised moulds to scoop the pulp from a vat, where it is suspended in water, and the wet pulp is couched onto felts to dry and press. Each small element is a separate sheet of paper and clay is added to the vat to stain the pulp.
The Maker Jane Ponsford Artist & Maker - London

Jane Ponsford is a London-based papermaker and artist who makes exquisite sculptural forms. Her pieces resemble organic forms – hummocky and wrinkled, some could even be mistaken for mushrooms on the forest floor. Working mainly with linen and cotton rag, Jane mixes chalk, clay, natural dyes and even volcanic ash into her papers. She regularly teaches papermaking courses at places such as West Dean in Sussex and Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall.