Spellpapers is a collection of papers made using ground psyllium fibre, and extracts from a selection of plants that have believed healing or magical properties. Papermaking is a meditative process for me that includes looking for the plants I wish to include, collecting and interacting with said plants and researching their potentially healing attributes. Normally in papermaking, a wooden or plastic frame is used to create a crisp and symmetric square, however I intentionally do not use a frame. Instead I let the paper-pulp “free- float”, allowing my papers to assume their shape in an organic way depending on the texture of the pulp. These papers can be displayed as artwork, seen as active spells, or used as surface for art.
Psyllium is part of the Plantago family, commonly used in spells related to strength, healing and protection. Psyllium is used in all of my papers as a binder. It is 85% fibre and has believed properties to enhance the effect of any plant or spell it is combined with.