Paper-making from Scratch with Local Plants – Anytime, Anywhere
Jane Ingram Allen, Instructor
Dates: July 13th – 16th, 2021 (9am-4pm)
This workshop will cover how to make paper from local plant materials such as leaves and bark with minimal equipment and facilities. The emphasis will be on creative problem solving and creative use of materials to make unique handmade paper for art, using sustainable methods and materials that do not harm the environment. Students will learn that paper-making art can be created successfully with ordinary household equipment and materials that you can find in your own backyard. Some pulps that the instructor will bring to supplement the ones found in the local area will also be used in the workshop, such as kozo and abaca. The instructor will introduce unique techniques that she has developed from her experiences as an artist-in-residence in Tanzania, Indonesia, Taiwan, Nepal, Japan, Brazil, Thailand, China, England, Turkey, and the Philippines as well as at art centers and nature parks in the USA.
Participants should bring the following to the workshop:
- Scissors that will cut fabric and fibers well
- Paper and pen/pencil for notes and sketches
- Piece of fabric like an old sheet or old curtain about 2 feet x 3 feet
- Bits of string, fabric, other papers, dried flowers, photos, old magazine pictures, etc. that can be added to the paper
- 3-dimensional form to emboss or mold handmade paper and get different surfaces (can be glass, plastic, metal, ceramic, plaster, etc… anything that can get wet with no harm)
- sheet of plastic, varnished wood or cardboard to put paper sheets on to continue drying if they are still wet the last day of the workshop (some size that will fit in your car or suitcase to take home easily).
- 10 clear plastic sheet protectors for samples of the papers made in class