As a photographer and printmaker, paper was the foundation for Dene's work.

The process of papermaking gained fascination for her, to the point that paper itself became the medium of Dene's artistic expression.  

 

Early in her career she learned natural dyeing techniques from her summer with

a Navajo tribe, explored the Chinese process of embedding flowers and leaves, and formulated organic pulps.  

 

Eventually she created one-of-a-kind Pulp Paintings from pigmented cotton, linen, and blue jean pulps. 

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Texture is a very important aspect of her paperworks.  Dene's challenge is to create precision and depth in a medium characterized by its lack of definition.