Light Sculpture, or, Paper Illuminated
Helen Hiebert, Instructor
October 5-8, 2017 (9am – 4pm)
Materials Fee: $55
Paper is an incredibly versatile lightweight sculptural material: you can bend it, fold it, tear it and enhance its luminosity by layering, folding and cutting. In this workshop, we will begin with tradition and then add our own twists. Learn to make Japanese chochin, a collapsible lantern form and shoji screen panels that can be connected with a cool Japanese hinge to form a folding screen or lantern. Discover ways to illuminate paper utilizing electric lamp parts and natural light. Explore ways to use reed, balsa wood and simple hand tools to create a series of light sculptures.
Bio: Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper: Playing With Pop-Ups, Playing With Paper, Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Paper Illuminated. Helen has appeared on Sesame Street, has produced of two films, and writes a weekly blog about all things paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally, often involving the community in her installation projects such as The Wish, a permanent installation at Anythink Huron Street Library in Denver, Colorado. Helen lives and works near Vail, Colorado.
Students need to bring:
- Helen will supply the papers you need, but feel free to bring additional papers for your individual projects that fold easily and look good when illuminated or held up to the light
- 1/8” – ¼” children’s or artist’s paintbrush for gluing
- bone folder
- sharp pencil
- xacto knife that uses #11 blades + extra blades (or other type of x-acto that you are comfortable using)
- cutting mat (at least 12” x 18”)
- small notebook to take notes
- ruler and/or triangle
- Optional: Any other favorite bookbinding tools
- Quart-size yogurt container or something like that (this will become the armature for a lantern form)
- If you have a hand drill and small hand saw and they are easy to transport, bring them along.