Color is my Second Language
Paper Quilts by Kelly Cook
September 1-26, 2021
From the Artist:
I attended the University of Nebraska from 1970 to 1974, receiving a BFA in art. In 1976 I attended the SummerVail Art Workshop in Vail, Colorado. I moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1978 to attend the University of Puget Sound. receiving my MFA in 1980. After graduate school I attended the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta. It was in Banff that I met Nedi-al-Helali, whose work I own and have always admired. Her work was paper that was woven and then pressed and painted giving it a three dimensional look. And that was my inspiration for beginning to work with paper.
I started experimenting with dyes and different papers doing mold made and cutting and pasting paper with paint. I went into a store in Seattle called Cerulean Blue and found Procion Dyes, which are Fiber-Reactive Dyes, introduced in England in 1956. Salt is used in the process to force the dye into the paper. After 12 to 24 hours in the dye it is then set with Soda Ash. Then waiting another 8 to 12 hours for the dye to set, it is then rinsed 3 or 4 times with water and allowed to dry.