Class: All About Paper!

Instructor: Karen Crosby

Medium: Papermaking, Paste Paper and Bookmaking

Date(s): Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $175.00

Class Description:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Learn to make new paper from reused junk mail and other ephemera. Participants will make handmade papers using discarded mail and other paper snippets and natural materials. We will cover the basics of papermaking techniques: pulp preparation, forming sheets of paper, using a mold and deckle, laminating, embedding, inclusions as well as pressing and drying methods. Participants will make as many sheets of handmade paper as time allows during class. You will have all materials and information needed to continue making paper at home. This is a wet process, so dress down for this class. Some of these papers may be used in the bookmaking class also. A list of pre-owned materials useful for this class will be provided nearer the class date.

Paste Papers are a unique, often playful, original creation to be used in book art, collage, calligraphy, and other limitless applications. You will learn basic knowledge and ability to create decorated papers using a variety of tools and materials. We begin by applying a mixture of paste and pigment to damp paper and then use tools to create patterns and textures on the surface. It’s kind of like finger painting for adults! Each participant will leave class with a collection of acid-free paste papers and knowledge of paste paper techniques to easily continue creating treasures at home. Dressing down in older clothes or wearing an artists’ apron of choice is recommended. No previous experience is required – this is a great class for a beginner or someone that plans to continue on to the bookmaking workshop. You will receive a list of materials that you might already have at home to bring along to the workshop.

Beginning Bookmaking is for beginning artists who would like to explore the non-adhesive book form as a vehicle for their work. We will make a variety of book structures, including an accordion fold book, flower fold, several single sheet decorated paper book folds and more. Each of these styles can be elaborated on to create unique artists’ books, journals, sketchbooks, greeting cards, or scrapbooks. We will cover many basics of book binding as well as important tools, like bone folders, awls, needles, and ribbon. As we create the varying structures we will also discuss and explore the possibilities of each form, including content and structural elements. It will be of interest to artists, poets, printmakers, those who paint and draw in a small format, and anyone who dabbles in cardmaking and other personal expression. No previous experience in bookbinding is needed and you do not have to come to class with a specific project in mind. Materials and tools will be provided: X-acto knife and blades, rulers, bone folders, thread, needles, paper, book binder’s awl. You will receive a list of materials you might already own to bring along to the workshop.

Instructor Background:

Everything about bookmaking interest me. Developing an idea, determining the materials, perhaps making the papers and using them for the first time. I find enjoyment in the handling of the paper itself, enjoying the folding, creasing, drawing, cutting and falling in love with a particular feature or process of the new idea. Then there is the satisfaction in choosing the book format to fit the container, spiffing up the container, embellishing it, determining the content and artwork to express the idea. I am completely addicted to the whole time-consuming process of making an artist book. Other influences related to bookmaking, but art forms on their own, are Papermaking, Paste Papers, Ebru Marbling, Calligraphy and Scherenschnitte, all of which I find difficult to resist. I am an artist of paper and all things related as well as a teacher of art for over 39 years at the elementary, middle, high school college and adult students. And I adore sharing the joy of making, holding and admiring the newly made book.

Cancellation Policy:

Minimum students – 5. Full refund prior to 12/14/2020. One half cost of class after 12/15/2020 refund

Supply List:

All supplies are included in cost of class

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