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Delora Fiers

Handmade Paper Artist

I use paper pulp to create two- and three-dimensional art pieces where handmade paper pulp is the primary medium.

My art takes a variety of forms; a bowl, a box, a book, a wall hanging, a framed image or a gift tag ornament.

Paper pulp is hydrated cellulose fiber from plant sources.

I reuse commercial papers by taking existing paper back to its pulp form.

Also, I transform cattail and iris leaves into pulp for making paper.

My studio is located on a beautiful lake seven miles inland from Minnesota’s Lake Superior North Shore.

Images in my art may contain elements found in nature or reflect seasonal changes that are so much a part of the Minnesota landscape.

My art invites the viewer to consider a dialog between the container and what is contained.

A bowl, as a container, is a visual metaphor for Mother Earth. A bowl’s rounded bottom suggests a tenuous balance. The circle formed by the rim is endless. Imagine there is a place on that circle for all that exists. All who reside on the rim must live in harmony to keep the bowl in balance.

As containers, my objects of handmade paper might hold a story, recall a memory, or express an emotion. What is contained may be an image I created, a dried plant cast in the paper, or a significant item placed there by you.

Welcome to Designs by Delora

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

K-12 Art Education, University of Minnesota

Women’s Art Festival

Minneapolis, MN 1992-2022

Art of Possibilities Art Show & Sale

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Golden Valley, MN April 2018-2022 

Northwoods Art and Book Festival

Hackensack, MN August 2020-2022

Tettegouche State Park

Minnesota 61, Silver Bay, MN November 2022 - January 2023  

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