In 2002 after accidentally leaving a book out in the rain, Hannah Lobley developed the award-winning Paperwork. She couldn’t bear to throw away her ruined book and decided to see if she could reuse it even though she couldn’t read it again.
Recycling has always been important to Hannah within her work, so to be able to create a technique using the printed pages of unwanted books and paper that no longer had a use, became a defining factor within her practise.
Hannah begins by making the material, transforming it back into a solid wood like material. Traditional wood working methods are then used to cut objects from that material; the unique surface patternation of the paper when the objects are worked can never be recreated and echoes wood grain. Wood becomes paper becomes wood again. Each item is hand-made by Hannah in her Derbyshire studio.
Paperwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally: shown in France, Germany, USA - New York & Chicago, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Japan & Korea.
Paperwork is available for Recycling projects - Paper Art Installations - Bespoke Paper Products - Commissions