Joomchi is Passionate (Felted) Paper
Two- and Three-Dimensional Collage
ONLINE COURSE ONLY
Zia Gipson, Instructor
Dates: June 25th – 26th, 2021
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 using water and hand manipulation. Having studied papermaking for several years and traveled in Asia I will also talk about the uses of paper in traditional rural societies in Korea and Japan.
During the two days of classes we will cover a history of hand paper making especially paper made with 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 mechanical and chemical processes 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 and surface design 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 dramatic 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. We’ll also cover hanging options and protecting the surface of finished work.
For this class, which is now on Zoom, the schedule into 4 segments over two days leaving students time to work on their own in between class meetings. The course instructor will be available by text/phone in between sessions for urgent matters. All meetings are Pacific Standard Time. Afternoon sessions include Q&A and sharing of student work if desired.
Class schedule is:
Friday, June 25 – 10:00 to 11:30 AM and 4:00 to 5:30 PM PST
Saturday, June 26 – 10:00 to 11:30 AM and 4:00 to 5:30 PM PST
A supply fee of $30 covers a sample set which is essential for understanding felted paper process when in-person instruction is not possible. The sample set also includes sample papers for inclusion in student projects and covers shipping costs to students.
Please note that registration closes Friday, June 11th to allow students to purchase appropriate supplies and for the sample set to be shipped to them. Registration after that day requires the permission of the instructor. Registrations are limited to students with US or Canadian postal codes except with special permission.
STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE ZOOM INFORMATION AFTER REGISTRATION
Gipson Joomchi Supply List 2021.pdf