Yesterday I taught myself how to spin paper into thread (shifu).
These two samples are made from 8"x10" sheets of washi.
The grey one is a Kozo paper, and the beige one is a Tengu-jo tissue.
I think I like the Kozo better because it's a little bit sturdier.
I've been doing research on shifu, but haven't found much information, I'd be curious to know if
anyone else has experience spinning their own thread out of paper,
and if so, what is your method for attaching the ends to each other?
I find that these are weak points, but glue doesn't really work very well because it makes them stiff.
This is sort of a work in progress. I want to make these into a series,
but I am not sure yet what form it will take.
The houses are made out of cardboard and split bamboo skewers whitewashed with acrylic paint.
They are really small - less than 1 inch high.
Also, I recently did a live online radio interview with Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby of Crafted Spaces. You can listen to it if you are interested in hearing more about my work with paper.
The first 15 minutes of the program are with Lizz Aston, a very talented Toronto-based fibre artist,
and the second half is with me.