Artist in Residence: Liz Eakins

Using handmade, fibrous Japanese paper, this Creemore artist utilizes layers, shape, and texture.

June 14, 2024 | | Artist in Residence

In her highly textured paper pieces, Creemore artist Liz Eakins evokes warmth and comfort through the seemingly contradictory use of cool-toned hues and crispy materials. Liz works with handmade, fibrous Japanese paper – burning, stitching, mark making, crumpling, knotting and collaging her designs into shape.

At left, The Weight of Paper, installation, 8′ x 12′ x 12′. At right, Knot, Japanese paper and mineral paint, 16″ x 27″ x 7″

“I am drawn to circles, and lines and repetition. I enjoy layering, both obvious and subtle.” These paper creations, and newer pieces painted on wood, convey light and harmony. One recent installation, a 3D hanging paper wall structure, pictured above, invites the viewer to enter and stay a while, in peace.

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Displaced, mineral paint on board, 20″ x 20″ 
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Pale Burn, Japanese paper and thread, 12″ x 12″ framed

Liz is the curator of Gallery Lagom in Creemore. Find her works at Lagom 172, at the annual Creemore Festival of the Arts in October, and on Instagram at @eakinsliz

About the Author More by Janice Quirt

Janice Quirt is a freelance writer who lives in Orangeville.

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