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Paper Memory – Sarah Rose Lejeune
July 2 - July 6| $800
July 2 – 6
Tuition: $750 members / $800 non-members
Lab fee: $75
Class limit: 6
This class is currently filled. Please call (845) 658-9133 to inquire about the class wait list.
In his book Paper: An Elegy, Ian Samson describes paper as a substance that “breaks and bridges time and distance…provid[ing] for self-invention, self-disclosure and self-erasure” (xxi).
Paper is ubiquitous. It is a substance that reminds us of obligations; tells us who we are, where we can go, and what we should believe. Solid and persistent, paper is also easily marked and dented. Paper remembers what and whom it interacts with.
In this course, we will think through the ways that handmade paper, through its material properties, can hold human imprint. Students will learn to process fibers like abaca and flax with a focus on creating high shrinkage, translucent consistencies suitable for embedding and holding sculptural forms. We will also explore cotton’s potential for low relief casting and embossing. Using traditional and experimental papermaking techniques as a foundation, the class will discuss the relationship between nostalgia and contemporary craft. Students will become comfortable with all aspects of the paper studio, from processing fiber to pulling and drying Western formation sheets, specifically gaining skills with tools like the Reina beater, hydraulic press and vacuum table. This class is open to all skill levels.
Sarah Rose Lejeune is a papermaker, weaver, sculptor, and printmaker originally from Massachusetts. She holds a BA from Oberlin College, and has worked at The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH, the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, The Dirt Palace in Providence, RI, and Dieu Donné in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently a Core Fellow at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.