Indigo Paper Sculpture II

Jane Ponsford
Indigo Paper Sculpture II, by Surrey-based papermaker Jane Ponsford, is an exquisite piece that forms part of a collection of work created exclusively for The New Craftsmen. Having recently begun making dyes from found and foraged materials, Jane discovered the ancient – and magical – process of producing Indigo. As soon as the dyed item is removed from its liquid and meets oxygen, the chemical composition changes and transforms into beautiful indigo blue. Housed under a glass cloche this ethereal paper and wire sculpture becomes a curiosity.

Material: Handmade paper, indigo dye, wire, vintage glass dome, gesso painted base
Dimensions: Height: 30cm, Length: 19cm, Width: 19cm
Care Instructions: Wash dome by hand with mild soap
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The individual paper elements are made using material which is collected, shredded and pulped in a Hollander beater. Jane then uses small improvised moulds to scoop the pulp from a vat, where it is suspended in water. Next, the wet pulp is couched onto felts before being hand-cast onto wire, and the individual pieces are then dip dyed and assembled.
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.