Below are examples from some of the papermaking and lampmaking workshops I offer internationally. One or more projects can be grouped to create classes ranging from a half-day workshop to a weeklong experience. Please contact me if you are interested in inviting me to teach at your institution, library or arts center. I am happy to develop a custom program for you.
The images below feature some of my work as well as work by students.
Abaca, the Incredible Shrinking Sculptural Material
Handmade paper is a wonderful, lightweight material perfect for creating low relief and three-dimensional objects. Spend one day placing embedded wire, string, and reed between wet sheets of high-shrinkage abaca and return the next day to find it magically transformed into dry, structural paper shapes for building. Further manipulate the dry sheets into forms ranging from sculptural objects to lamps and lanterns. Experiment with glue, thread, wire and other fasteners to create unique paper objects.
A watermark is a translucent design which is incorporated into a sheet of paper when it is made and becomes visible when the dry sheet is held up to light. Traditionally, watermarks were made by bending wire to create an image, such as a logo, in wire and sewing it onto the papermaker’s mould. This is still done with machine-made papers today, but watermarks are produced in multiple and are soldered to a wire roll. Since the wire is raised above the mould’s surface, the paper made on the watermarked mould is actually thinner where the wire is and a regular thickness everywhere else. This variation in the paper’s thickness makes the watermark more translucent than the rest of the sheet. After being pressed and dried, the variation in thickness is not apparent, but when held up to the light, the image becomes visible.