Luann Vermillion grew up and lives in Whitesburg, KY, and has been interested in arts and crafts all her life. Her educational background in science and math blends with the art of papermaking as she recycles paper to create beautiful new pieces with wildflowers. As an artist, Luann gathers and preserves Kentucky wildflowers and creates works that combine the preservation of native plants with newly made paper.
Luann makes handmade paper from recycled household fibers including computer paper, junk mail, paper grocery bags, tissue paper and paper towels. After shredding the papers and materials, she adds plant materials, soaks and pulverizes them with a kitchen blender. The ‘pulp’ is poured onto a screen and additional flowers and plant materials are pressed into the wet paper. The paper is dried and pressed flat.
The final step is to cut the new sheet of paper into bookmarks, note cards or backgrounds for glass paperweights and magnets so that the beauty of native Kentucky wildflowers can be enjoyed for years to come.
Luann’s work can also be found at Honeysuckle Vine, Berea, KY; Blue Tail Fly, Berea, KY; Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY; Artique, Lexington, KY; KY History Center Museum Store, Frankfort, KY; Cumberland Falls State Park, Corbin, KY; The Gourd Patch, Cynthiana, KY; and Pine MT. Settlement School Gift Shop, Bledsoe, KY.