Recently, I finished a public art project that involved nearly 200 Rhode Island seniors and CareLink staff members in the creation of handmade paper books.
The Mind’s Eye: Natural Places in Paper was created in honor of CareLink’s 20th Anniversary. Inspired by natural places, this project used paper pulp made from local plants to create circular book pages—25 books that are 20 pages long. Residents and staff were asked to think of outdoor places they have been, and something they enjoyed about their natural place, and create ‘paper pulp paintings’ and writings in response. Their memory was as simple as the ocean water surface, trees in full bloom, or the perfect blue sky.
This past June, you would have found me teaching papermaking at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, which is a fantastic organization in the Washington D.C. area. For 3-days, a full class learned how to making pulptypes and cast collagraphs with pulp.
It’s a wonderful thing to come upon a new papermaking technique in your studio, and then have the opportunity to share it with other artists.
This summer and last summer, I’ve taught ‘Pulptypes: Hybrid Papermaking and Printmaking’ at Women’s Studio Workshop, located in New York’s Hudson Valley region. Their Summer Art Institute program invites instructors to teach week-long intensives in their beautiful paper and print studios.
Finally, I’m sharing these photos! This past spring and fall, I had the pleasure of teaching a few papermaking workshops at Snow Farm Craft Program, at their beautiful New England campus located in Williamsburg, Massachusetts (I highly recommend taking a workshop there, if you can!).
After a run of some popular basic hand papermaking classes at the AS220 Print Shop, a sculptural papermaking class seemed to make sense. Pulp painting is fantastic, but so is taking advantage of the artistic potential of paper to be three-dimensional. Working with paper pulp or freshly formed, wet sheets opens up a world of sculptural techniques that utilize how wet paper sheets dry and the remarkable memory that paper fibers have. Lindsey Beal and I had a great time showing a range of sculptural techniques in this debut class. Check out some photos from the workshop!
Phrag is everywhere. And that’s not exactly a good thing. Common reed (Phragmites Australis) is an invasive plant commonly found near waterways and especially near construction sites, ditched marshes, roadside ditches, and other disturbed sites. With such a plentiful fiber used in other areas of the world for papermaking with loaded environmental significance, I decided to process a handful of these monstrous plants into pulp and paper. Keep scrolling for directions on how I turned something unwanted into paper.
This past weekend, I was happy to teach the very first Papermaking class at the AS220 Print Shop, here in Providence, Rhode Island. The printshop folk were kind enough to let us invade the silkscreen area with vats of pulp, moulds & deckles, and some serious hand papermaking action.The class was sold-out, and enthusiastic students had a great day learning how to make paper by hand and create fantastic pulp paintings.