Loes Schepens


My works could be a memory or an emotion. They are often made of handmade paper. Mostly it is a combination of new self-made paper (which has to form and to develop) and of ‘worn’ paper, such as tatters of a book. These parts of book papers relate directly to the content.

Papermaking is labour-intensive. For sure if you make it from durable materials as cotton and flax. Paper has its limits and also its own language. You cannot make any shape, but you can try manipulating it until you discover new techniques to get what you want. The challenge is in making your own paper, so that you can look up the boundary of the material.

The really attractive side of paper is, that it is fragile, vulnerable and translucent, it has its typically tangibility. For me paper has an association to – at the same time – evanescent and finite. I try to catch the vulnerability in forms with pulp: conceptualize, binding, folding, sewing. It becomes from temporary to timeless.