Pattie Palmer-Baker has created a style of art which combines her poetry in calligraphic form with collages of paste paper. Although her calligraphic style is based on the 8th century Carolingian alphabet and her paste paper process is adapted from a 17th century decorated paper technique, her work has a distinctly modern appeal.
Paste paper is a decorated paper technique which allows the artist to create highly textured surfaces with vibrant color shifts. The artist paints a mixture of color and artist-made paste on wet paper. Before the surface dries, the artist moves quickly using texture-making tools to create designs on the surface. Once dried, the paper is cut into shapes and images that will give meaning to the poetry and the final artwork.