Albuquerque, United States

Vicki Bolen, Paper Artist Extraordinaire, creates work reflective of her Asian-influenced aesthetic. Vicki uses Japanese paper and paper...

I first learned the art of origami 25 years ago as a way to keep myself busy and to create gifts for friends. I came to love the process of folding paper and it is something that always feels good to do. I fold the cranes because it gives me a sense of peace and people often feel inspired to share their stories of the cranes when they see my work.

Working with paper to create art gave me an appreciation of the beauty and cultural significance of this versatile material. After many years my work naturally evolved beyond origami to include hand made greeting cards, book making, boxes and mono prints. Each piece gives me the opportunity to create something useful while expressing myself artistically.

The simplicity of paper allows for a great deal of innovation when creating art. I combined a variety of paper types and wove pieces of fabric through them to add texture and dimension in my mono print series. My latest artistic direction is to take elements of some of my preexisting work, and sew them together in new combinations. The finished design resembles quilted fabric but is made entirely of paper and thread.

I attend numerous art and crafts festivals throughout the country because my intent is to share the joy I experience in making art. Being accessible as an artist and talking to people about the process and the inspiration behind my work is important to me. It is incredibly satisfying to create something unexpected that is simple yet complex enough to keep the viewer captivated.

  • Joined: December 2014
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