During the summer of 2014, I led a team from my Frogtown neighborhood producing 2,400+ beautiful sheets of paper made from bio and textile waste collected locally. These sheets were used as placemats for CREATE: The Community Meal – a project by visionary artist Seitu Jones.
CREATE was a living artwork, igniting conversations about healthy food access in the city. 2,000 friends and neighbors sat down to share a meal of locally sourced food, at a half-mile long table running down the middle of a street in the heart of the neighborhood and culminating at Frogtown Farm, our lively local urban garden and community center.
Our contribution to this event, titled 2000 Places/2000 Pages, shined a light on the pleasures of fine craft. My team of papermakers not only became masterful sheet formers – but skilled and enthusiastic teachers, sharing the process with many neighbors who stopped in and tried their hand at pulling a sheet. We worked together with the highest creative standards, produced a beautiful product out of waste material, and added to the beauty of the table.
More about CREATE: Public Art Saint Paul • Minneapolis Star Tribune