As a paper artist, Lesley Haas creates visual dialogues between the malleability, tactility, and texture of paper and translates them into contemporary sculptural work. Her artworks explore the wide ranging possibilities of paper, whether with handmade or a selection within her eclectic collection.

Lesley began her studio work in Heidelberg, Germany, where she started Hand Print Productions, creating hundreds of innovative picture frames by papering, stamping, and lettering with paint. She also experimented with handmade paper pulps, using a palette of sisal, cotton, and flax. Rough, textured and raw, handmade paper rhythmically merges into a collage.

Over the years she has employed a range of techniques—tearing, cutting, painting, pressing, molding, and folding. With her paper she creates narratives as a painter does with paint. Using a mixture of materials, she translates infinite and innovative possibilities into visual paper fabrications, adding context and meaning.

Lesley’s interest in paper arts was originally sparked by a visit to the Printmaking on Handmade Paper exhibition at MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City when the modern renaissance in paper an artistic medium was beginning. Her work has been shown internationally at Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, Museo del Corso, Rome, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C, Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, Fabriano, Italy and the Museum of Art and Design, NYC, among others.

Commissions Welcome

Each piece of artwork on the website is available to purchase (unless otherwise noted). Shipping cost depends on location. Pricing upon request.

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Paper, Avocado Seed Dye
20”x25”/ 52x61cm