The Topography of Handmade Paper with Mary Hark
August 2 - August 6| $300 – $1200
The Topography of Handmade Paper – Mary Hark
Dates: August 2 – 6, 2021
Tuition: Sliding Scale, $300-$1200
Lab fee: $75
Class limit: 5
Enrollment for this class is full. To be placed on the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 845-658-9133.
Soft, ephemeral, and airy, or tough and bark-like; paper can be an absorbent material that carries fluidity with ease or possess a dense impenetrable face. Paper has the potential to have a “smooth as glass” surface or become a field of lush texture. Skin or substrata, this wonderful material has endless possibility.
A thorough investigation into papermaking fibers and traditional tools will be the starting point for a lively exploration of surface, form, and content. Basic sheet forming with an eye towards producing high quality papers suitable for use in books and printmaking will lead into a personal exploration of surface and texture. Some bookbinding and sculptural techniques will be covered. Several approaches to color will be introduced including pigmentation, colored fabrics, and the use of indigo and walnut dyes, as time allows. Workshop participants will develop a beautiful portfolio of papers that will carry a great variety of qualities. Each person will be encouraged to find ways of using this material to address their individual aesthetic concerns. All levels of experience are welcome.
Mary Hark, Professor of Textile Design and Hand Papermaking at UW-Madison, maintains a studio in St. Paul, Minnesota where she works collaboratively with Fine Press Book Designers producing editions of handmade paper specific to particular book projects; she produces artworks using handmade papers and textiles, intended for exhibit; and she brings her hand papermaking practice to communities both in the US and in West Africa. Hark’s work has exhibited and collected internationally. www.maryhark.com / www.ghanapaperproject.com