Artist Spotlight: Jim Tucker and Aspen Wolf Arts

Jim Tucker uses paper pulp made from repurposed brown and white waste paper to construct the various sculptures. “I liked using scrap paper pulp for paper making because it was recycling and just not throwing everything away.  I have recently taught myself to use scrap paper pulp as the sculpture medium just to try something different.  There is a steep learning curve to using paper pulp, but that is also the goal.  To keep learning, experimenting and growing is one of the key, yet fun, aspects of creating art.”0327191158 - Jim Tucker

“My most recent trials are constructing pulp ‘boulders’ to build Inuksuk. Inuksuk are actually constructed by First Nations peoples across the far northern regions of the U.S., Canada and Greenland as landmarks and commemorative signs. From Inuksuks I will soon be expanding my stacked pulp ‘rock’ sculptures to include free-form designs.”0327191200 - Jim Tucker

Jim uses recycled materials because he believes in REDUCING waste.  “Reduce, reuse, recycle – words to live by to make a better world for us and our grandchildren and beyond. Working with reclaimed/recycled materials is very important for reducing our artistic footprint on the world while still creating artistic items of beauty, whimsy and thought.  It is very important to me not to just add to the heap of trash we generate daily.  To create art out of waste materials is just icing on the cake.”0327191156 - Jim Tucker

Jim Tucker and Aspen Wolf Arts is at Table #11.

Artist Spotlight: Carolyn Woody and Lunarcat Studios

Origami is a traditional Japanese art form.  Carolyn Woody was fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time with her grandmother growing up in Hawaii. Her grandparents had emigrated from Japan and introduced origami when she was a very young child.  “It was always a fun childhood pastime and one of the ways she kept me entertained.”Su 4 - Carolyn Woody

Carolyn’s interest in origami was rekindled after she had graduated from college in Portland and became involved with POPS (Portland Oregon Paper Shapers), the local origami club.  Now she am fascinated by origami, especially with modular origami where several pieces of paper are often assembled into complex three-dimensional models.

You can also check out a profile of Carolyn written last year by Cindy Dauer of Tualatin Valley Creates.

For the Recycled Arts Festival, Carolyn is featuring her origami map shirt ornaments.  The origami shirt is traditionally folded out of a single dollar bill.  She decided to take this traditional origami model and  scale it up in size. OS392 - Carolyn Woody

Carolyn uses recycled maps to add more color and to make it more personal.  “One of my customers requests an origami map shirt with the birthplace for each new grandbaby,” Carolyn reports. “The maps I use come from a variety of sources, mainly from book sales and garage sales.  I have been folding these origami map shirt ornaments for years and sometimes get maps donated by total strangers!”OS425 - Carolyn Woody

Think about it……if you want Carolyn to produce an original origami map for you, you can speak to her at the Festival and arrange for it! Carolyn Woody and Lunarcat Studios will be at Table #24.