Papermaking is a crafty business.

Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett

Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett

Roy Blakey

I love artisans. I appreciate the full spectrum from fine art to handicrafts. My hobby is works on paper and I would participate in all the arts if there were more hours in a day. Even with photography I watch my language about creating art. I am always careful to explain that I don’t ‘take’ photographs – I ‘make’ photographs as a fleeting moment happened in time and I have crafted it into an image, a new creation. So I admire people who make something interesting and thoughtful from the world around them.

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I love seeing people make something out of the natural world around them. I love re-purposing, re-cycling and generally re-using old stuff to make cool new stuff.

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At the bottom of the Pindaya Caves there is a big ol’ tree that the woman from the Shan State Traditional paper-making workshop says is over 1000 years old. Her daughter plays with a stuffed Toy that someone from Germany gave her as her mom introduces the process of making paper and the techniques for creating traditional Shan paper and umbrellas using the bark of the mulberry tree.

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Since I did some paper making at Moorhead State University when I was an art student in college so I knew the process but I had used a blender to help turn the pulp and old cotton cloth into paper but all she had was a plastic bucket and a plunger to break the fibers. This demonstration reminds me of how great it feels to be crafty.

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Things take so much time to produce so I always try and buy a little something at all the places that demonstrate the local art techniques. The photography of President Obama was a rather good sign. Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett

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I thought the parasols were beautiful and yet space is an issue so I bought a folding lamp made with the translucent paper. It folds and if used with a cold light bulb should be safe. Now a bit of the energy of these beautiful people will be lighting up my world.

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Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.