Paper Power: Imin Yeh's Handmade Letterpress Wallpaper

Paper Power: Imin Yeh's Handmade Letterpress Wallpaper

Tess Wilson
May 31, 2012

I'm lucky enough to attend lots of gallery openings, and as much as I (usually) enjoy all the art, it's extremely rare that a piece makes me crazy with covetousness. Imin Yeh's letterpress wallpaper was one such piece: I need my walls to be covered with that beautiful stuff, now

Of course, this is impossible. Imin Yeh is an immensely talented, in-demand artist in San Francisco with a million projects in the works. She doesn't sit around cranking out wallpaper just for me. Even though I knew all this, I couldn't get over the subtle wonder of her wallcovering. Imin is known for her block printing, but for this piece she carved the block and skipped the printing, letting the beauty of her pattern and the rich white of Rives BFK paper shine through.

The wall covering appealed to the part of me that loves tin ceilings and letterpress cards, but the rest of Imin's project was no less delightful. Using the same watercolor paper, she created an intricate "installation of paper utilities". Part of the fun of Paper Power, exhibited at Incline Gallery , was watching people walk right past her work, then slowly become aware that this ordinary wall of sockets and wires was indeed something special. It was a powerful piece on many levels, and yet...I really, really want that wallpaper.

(Images: 1. & 2. Tess Wilson 3. & 4. Paper Power by Imin Yeh)

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