Zia Gipson, Instructor
Dates September 22-23, 2018 (9am-4pm)
Materials Fee: $35
Skill level: All
This is an introductory to advanced course in the ancient Korean technique of joomchi or felted paper. In this context the word ‘felted’ means that this method of fusing papers uses some of the same hand tools and styles of manipulation that one can use in making felt from wool fiber. In both cases, the main tools are the hands and water. Having studied papermaking for several years and traveled extensively in Asia I will also talk about the uses of paper in traditional rural societies in Korea and Japan.
The full two days will include a history of hand paper making using long fiber papers especially mulberry fiber as it is still practiced around the world. We’ll build collages without glue or other usual methods of adhesion., relying instead on the natural process of papermaking. Once we’ve worked our paper by rolling and by hand we can shape the papers into a 3 dimensional form or cast the assembled layers into strong, stiff shapes. We’ll explore the options for final texture from a soft, fabric like finished product to a stiff, highly crumpled sheet. Color in your composition will come via the dyes in the long fiber papers you use or in surface design at any stage of the process …as always color and pattern can be an important or subtle element in your composition. What you will do with the finished felted paper is up to you…shape into jewelry or a vessel and prepare for hanging on the wall.