Course Detail
Course Components:
In this course, students produce a variety of handmade papers from plant fibers including cotton, abaca, flax, and hemp. Students perform the entire papermaking process: from harvesting and cooking plant material, pulping fibers in a Hollander Beater, to pulling sheets using a traditional mould and deckle and pressing and drying the finished sheets. The class will also make Kozo paper in the Japanese style, which differs significantly from Western papermaking techniques. The class include introductions to lamination, pigmentation, pulp painting, sculptural methods, and other handmade paper processes, as well as a visit to the Rare Books Collection to see handmade paper in books ranging from incunabula to contemporary artists' books. Students work collaboratively to produce editions of paper, some of which is used in independent art projects incorporating additional media.