Like many bibliophiles, I am deeply attracted to the seductive and material quality found in books. As an elemental unit of the book, the blank page communicates mystery and beauty in its role as receptor and transmitter of ideas. My current work attempts to honor the page as primary surface rather than the supporting role it usually plays. Composed of handmade and hand-dyed papers from various fibers, my book objects and sculptural works communicate through the poetry of the page. A sense of freedom and allusion to natural elements are revealed through the orchestration of page, binding and structure.
Rachelle Woo Chuang has studied hand papermaking with several established papermakers and organizations since 2000. In 2006 she received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. PA. Her current work in handmade paper addresses surface, materiality and metaphor through book forms and sculptural paper structures. In 2008 she became the Director of the Book Arts Institute at the International Printing Museum in Carson, CA. She also teaches book arts in multiple locations, adjuncts at area colleges and runs her own freelance art and design business. Rachelle's work Earth & Sky/Sky & Earth was recently published in 500 Handmade Books by Lark Books. She lives in Aliso Viejo, CA with her husband and son.