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In the Ecotone: North Country* Shifu – Velma Bolyard
July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015| $775
Tuition: $775 ($698 members)
Lab fee: $40
Class limit: 8
Class is full, call for wait list
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Join us to learn the traditional Japanese art of Shifu, a spun and woven paper textile. You will experience all aspects of the process, from working with sheets of handmade paper to a finished small weaving. Expect to be very focused as you slice a large sheet of kozo or lokta handmade paper into one continuous strip, which you will then spin into a yarn. You will learn how to make a variety of different yarns, and how to spin the yarns using both wet and dry techniques. After constructing a simple loom from repurposed materials, you will use your thread to weave a textile.
We will prepare dye baths to experiment and explore ways of dyeing your cloth using various techniques. During free moments you will learn a variety of simple book structures, one of which will showcase your workshop samples and thoughts.
This will be an experimental class, with emphasis on developing appropriate spinning, weaving and dyeing skills to enhance your textile/book art practice.
This workshop is now full, but you can still be placed on the waitlist! Call us at (845) 658-9133 for more information.
Velma Bolyard has the reputation of running an excellent workshop. Past students and teachers have urged me to include this workshop in our summer series. We are pleased and honored to be able to have her on this summer’s schedule.
*New Yorkers know that North Country refers to the Adirondack mountain regions of the state. Velma lives and works ‘north of north country’ right next to the Canadian border.
Velma Bolyard is a papermaker and fiber artist. Her current body of work includes botanical handmade paper, shifu, contact printing, and artists’ books. Velma travels, attends residencies, and teaches, across North America and Australia. Her work is deeply influenced by the isolated and rural North Country where she has lived most of her life. There she lives deep in the country and is a teacher of emotionally disturbed high school students.