Born in Warsaw, Poland Ania Gilmore received her BFA with honors in Graphic Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, studied printmaking, bookart and fibers at the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Her portfolio includes works on paper, artist books, fiber art and mixed-media. She is an award winning artist and her works are in public and private collections in Australia, Hungry, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Poland, Romania, UK, and USA. Ania lives and works in Lexington, Massachusetts.

artist statement

I love paper!
The secret of paper making migrated in the third century from China, to Vietnam, Tibet and by the fourth century to Korea and Japan. Joomchi is a traditional Korean technique of felting Mulberry fibers (Hanji). The process is quite meditative and joyful, even though it requires lot of energy and strength. Joomchi enables me to play with the structure, to alter the properties of the fibers from smooth leather-like to strong textural paper. I am interested in creating pieces that can be changed or adjusted in the process while the basic fiber content remains present. Since nothing in life is permanent, the idea of deliberately working with impermanence of paper seems very natural. Each piece is one of a kind or made as a small limited edition.
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Practicing gratitude.