Papermaking (six-session workshop)

Learn the traditional methods and materials of western hand papermaking, as well as contemporary creative techniques to make two-dimensional paper artworks. With an initial focus on sheet production (making paper by hand), students will explore inclusions (a wet “collage” technique), translucent pulps, and pigmented pulps to incorporate imagery directly into their paper, making unique or editioned works of art. Students of all disciplines and levels are encouraged to bring their ideas to this tactile medium.

What you will learn:

  • Learn the techniques and tools of hand papermaking using various fibers, including cotton, abaca, and flax

  • Develop a nuanced sensibility towards the characteristics of paper

  • Develop an understanding of how contemporary creative techniques are related to historical methods

  • Develop a personal voice and vocabulary using paper pulp as the artistic medium

Required supplies:

  • Sponge, 100% cellulose (no scrubbing pad)

  • Collage materials

  • Scissors

  • Students may want to bring plastic aprons and waterproof shoes

  • Midway through the term you will need: basic drawing supplies (pencil and paper) to design images/stencils; X-acto knife and cutting mat (or old magazine); fine point marker such as a Sharpie