Starting Inside/Outside the Box

I think I’m glad to have signed up for the upcoming show Inside/Outside the Box at The Arts Center in Corvallis. Part of me has really struggled with sitting down to produce something, anything. My brain has been so immersed in house projects that I haven’t been creating artwork since spring. So, it seems fitting that I stared creating a lamp for the project in a House/box theme.

*The Inside the Box/ Outside the Box- exhibit is a group exhibit on boxes of all kinds. The exhibit is on part invitation/ part submission, representing local and regional artists working in a variety of media.*

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I wanted to work with my current material stash, since it’s pretty full. I even pulled out rolls of paper purchased years ago “Oriental Rice Paper” for Sumi & Oriental painting, drawing, calligraphy, block printing & watercolors. 12″ x 50′ roll! The only thing lacking has been wood sticks. I’ll have to purchase a few more to complete the project.


I’ve opted for a very simple format with a flat roof and Shoji screen appearance. Equisetum has been cut and inserted into the framework. The corners will receive posts to hold the roof up.


My finger muscles are enjoying NOT cutting intricate paper designs to cover the framework. Using natural materials has been calming for my brain. I think I need more of that.

I’ll post more images as it continues to progress. This will be called “House E” (E for Equisetum). My brain is already working on other natural materials to use. We will see where it all leads or doesn’t lead.



Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

13 thoughts on “Starting Inside/Outside the Box

  1. I really like it and look forward to seeing what you do with it. It is great that you worked with material you already have. It is hard to get started after not working for a while. Sometimes after not working for even one day.

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