For the past several weeks I've been exploring a new kind of medium, Chinese joss paper. It is sold in large packets in most Chinatowns and used in ceremonies where it is burned to honor departed ancestors. I first used it many years ago in mixed medium works and recently constructed a piece using the joss paper and tea bags:
When I went back to buy more of the paper I wasn't able to locate any of the same size and color, so decided to buy what I could find and do some investigating. I bought several kinds, different shapes, sizes and colors:
It seems to be a good material for book making and I am enjoying exploring ways to tear and fold the paper. Here are some examples of some of the work that is evolving:
I'm still working on some large tea bag pieces, but the joss paper work is giving me something else to focus on and I'm enjoying it!