Artist Ginny Hogan lives in Santa Fe and learned the ancient art of papermaking when she attended Colorado State University. Handmade paper is formed from the cellulose fibers of plants.
Hogan explains in a brochure how she works the process: The pulp I make is 100% cotton, beaten in a Hollander. This I press onto a screen to form sheets. When dry, I treat the sheets with layers of acrylic paint and add images with acrylic and gouache. The images I use come from rock art painting and pecking, called pictographs and petroglyphs made by native people all over the world. While no one can decipher the exact meaning of these images, it is commonly believed they were used for shamanic rituals involving healing, hunting, fertility, and protection.