Quilling, handmade paper made from baby sheets, 4" x 4" x 1.75", 2019
The work comes encased within a shadowbox and is protected using an archival UV protectant varnish.
This piece is a replica of a vintage Wedgwood piece I inherited from my paternal grandfather’s collection. The paper used to form this piece is handmade from baby sheets passed down to me from his wife, my paternal grandmother.
My intention in this development was to safeguard the keepsakes of my now own and the familial lineage preceding me. To me, the action of quilling these objects served as a means to archive and preserve the collective memory and tradition surrounding these relics, as well to commemorate the legacies of these figures in my life. My grandfather took to forming a collection of over a hundred Wedgwood pieces since the 1950’s. I see the labour of processing the baby sheets into paper pulp as reinforcing the value, care and adoration placed on these fabrics by my grandmother. The act of quilling is significant of the diligence, attention and preciousness my grandfather projected upon the objects he collected.
Quilling is a traditionally craft and hobby-based practice that was popularized in 18th century England. At the time, it was a past-time predominantly practiced by women and taught to children, where it remains commonly practiced by to this day.