DeMent grew up in North Carolina under a sewing machine. Around quilting great grandmothers, gardening great aunts, and mom= fashion designer. When Mom went to work She lost her personal seamstress so began altering her families Vintage clothes, up cycling, years ahead of this trend ,raiding closets for vintage materials. Working at Hancock Fabric Store in high school and college she honed her craft as seamstress, costumer, designer. DeMent discovered handmade paper in 1989 at the China Exhibit , High Museum o art , Atlanta . Profoundly influenced by this tactile and versatile medium. DeMent begin A self taught -on going journey creating art works both functional and decorative sustaining herself through paper making for over 20 years at galleries and art festivals.
This passion for handmade papers primary manufactured from recycled materials, vintage ephemera and invasive plants continues to be influenced by her interest in visual narrative a, history, love of the garden. Influenced by her long time relationship with fabrics and fibers, stitchery, is always cropping up as decorative and functional element in this body of work. Many references to clothing. Textured paper clothes lines, quilts and vintage paper corsets have been a subject found in DeMents work for many years. Wearable paper clothes,” Robes in paper,” is a logical next step in DeMent’s line of work.
hand made paper and hand made paper clothing
"THe BIG ZIp" cast paper from bananna trees, vintage extra long zipper allows you to peel out of this dress ( yes my knees hurt)
FOOLS WITH TOOLS
More of these odd creatures from the Rust Belt
Rusty tools handmade papers
some kinetic features, toys and "mexican lotteria" name Tags
Bra day 2012, 13, 14
pattern for reconstruction
a tost to the light with in us!
suport system Bra Day 2014
cast paper torsos accompany each other through all sorts of situations, I hope to draw attention to the value of good friends and spouses in times of need
Handmade paper quilts
hand made paper cast over the texture of a real old quilt then driven over with my truck, ( at the time a 1961 international scout, i loved that car) once dry the quilt is removed then machine and hand stitched, painted with watercolor and encaustics then stretched over a frame and dipped in bees wax . this is how the majority of these works were created
natural history (detail)
Summer of 53'
all that and the addtion of vintage photos
Double Wedding Ring quilt
Purchased by Agnes Scott University for the City Of Decatur Ga.
Double wedding Ring Quilt , ( detail)
BEES WAX COATED LIGHTING
Waxed Paper Balls
handmade paper and ephemera over a cane frame. Not quite as collapsible as the Japanese ones but crafted in the same fashion. with or with out bees wax they make a light that is romantic and aromatic.
Some times I am able to collect real wasp nests and unwrap them ( a task best dome in winter)and recreate a hollow form using their papers.
Wasps are the best papermakers , their paper an archive of their habait
Handmade paper land space lamp shade
balances on a fine floor lamp by Tery Blood Worth
WE will be showing some of these beauties at Kentuck Oct 17,18,19 2014
I have been doing bird etchings for several years now most often found on handmade paper shades or wall works.
I do a sort of Plexiglas etching with a combination of oil base and water base inks. They are all mono prints being recolored with each print using a 100 + year old press.
a functional pet
bird etchings on handmade recycled papers bees wax coated hanging bird cage lamp. All Bird cage lamps have moving bird shadows and special long silky fringe be cause I said so.
small bird nite lite or Bird Box
remember that They Might Be Giants song......
I am singing that song whilst i type so although imagery may vary the nite lights are usually birds.