Miki Lovett’s Artist Statement

Marbled Paper & Textiles

Sea Floor | Framed Marbled Paper by Miki LovettMarbling is, for me, a conversation between order and chaos, control and spontaneity. Order is not imposed on chaos nor is control meant to suppress spontaneity. There is a conversation between the ‘given’, the way the color moves and expands on the size, and ‘manipulation’ of the color with my tools. It is never the same twice.

I use the traditional patterns, dating from the 12th century up to the present to make two different styles of marbled paper.

First, my Contemporary Marbled Paper which uses the traditional and not so traditional techniques and colors to make papers with a modern sensibility. My papers are used for any paper or book arts such as origami, collage, book binding, or any decorative paper technique.

Historic Marbled Paper by Miki LovettSecond, my Historic Marbled Papers which are based on the work of Dr. Garret Dixon, Dan St. John and others to restore the 19th century techniques of marbled paper that were almost lost after the Industrial Revolution. Using paints I make myself and recipes translated from the 19th century documents, marbled papers are produced in patterns such as Shell, Stormont and Tiger Eye. These papers are used for antique book restoration, modern book arts,other paper arts or even for framing.

I also work in silk, making marbled silk scarves.

Solar Plate Etching

Interlock | Mixed Media Etching by Miki Lovett | Nantucket, MAFor many years, I have been interested in the printmaking process. I am particularly intrigued with the dreamlike quality one can achieve in etching. The many techniques available for embellishing the print make for interesting experiments. Recently, I gained access to a printmaking studio where I can use the equipment, presses, inking stations and the like, that I do not have at home. This is giving me a wonderful opportunity to work in this medium.

This medium also gives me the opportunity to incorporate marbled paper in the printing process using a technique called Chin Collé. I am excited to combine these two techniques.

Upcoming Events

 

Art Imitates Life Imitates Art
Artists Association of Nantucket
August 4-14, 2017

August is the busiest month on Nantucket. Take a moment to stop by this general show of lots of fine art by Nantucket artists. I’ll be showing 2 pieces along with my scarves.


Forest Floor, Screen Print on Linen by Miki LovettArtists/Patron Exhibit
Artists Association of Nantucket
August 18 – Sept. 4, 2017

Artists pull out all the stops for this favorite exhibit showing new works and the best of the old. I’ll be showing Forest Floor, a deconstructive screen print in dye on linen. I’ll also reprise my whimsy mixed media, Bite Me!


Hand Bound Marbled Journals by Miki LovettAugust Sidewalk Sale
August 19, 2017
Nantucket Atheneum Garden – 9 am – 3 pm

18-20 artists will each have a wall of art to share with you. This is a chance to pick up some smaller pieces at an affordable price as well as large pieces in the pleasant garden of the Nantucket Atheneum on India Street. I’ll be showing prints, hand bound books and some papers.


10 x 10
Artists Association of Nantucket
Sept. 8 – 25, 2017

The ever-popular 10 x 10 is a chance for some fun. All pieces are 10″ x 10″ and this exhibit is open to all island artists, not just members of the AAN. I’m working on 3 pieces and hope to go for 5 or 6 if I have time!

Portfolio


DreamFish | Etching by Miki LovettFramed & Unframed Etchings

Working in Solar Printmaking, I have been doing printmaking using my marbled papers and other hand painted papers to embellish the prints.

View Available Etchings at my Etsy Shop >>


Hand Marbled Silk Scarves

My first work in marbling was silk scarves and they are still a mainstay of my collection. There is no end to the design possibilities.

View Available Scarves at my Etsy shop >>


red-cockatooHand Marbled Journals & Notepads

Having marbled stacks of papers over the years, I decided it was time to expand my use of them. So I started some bookbinding making both journal books and notepads & blocks. I love making things that are used every day.

View Available Journals & Notepads at my Etsy Shop >>