This two-day course will introduce you to the key characteristics of different types of paper. Working alongside a world expert in hand-made paper techniques, you will create your own paper to gain a deep insight into the construction and properties of paper...
Taught by: Elaine Cooper, Craig Horsfall.
This two-day course will introduce you to the key characteristics of different types of paper. Working alongside a world expert in hand-made paper techniques, you will create your own paper to gain a deep insight into the construction and properties of paper. Through a series of workshops you will gain an understanding of the various attributes of washi, Japanese paper and other types of paper. You will be introduced to examination techniques, and learn about techniques such as sizing and flattening. The course will combine lectures, discussions and practical exercises.
- Paper-making: the difference between Japanese and western paper
- Paper fibre types, properties of fibre length
- What makes ‘washi’ special
- Paper additives, including sizing and optical brightening agents
- Paper properties
You will have gained an insight into paper-making both East and Western manufacture. You will understand the properties of paper, how to select and customise papers for specific tasks.
Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in using paper across a wide range of art or craft disciplines.
Elaine Cooper is recognised as a world expert on handmade paper and a leading exponent in the use of Washi in art and design. Soon after graduating from Maidstone College in 1984, Elaine was invited to Japan where she spent a year working with Master Papermaker Akiro Goto.
Since then Elaine has exhibited internationally and regularly been featured on television and in the press. She works as a business advisor and consultant to the Japanese Government, as well as acting as a ‘cultural ambassador’ for the City of Mino. Elaine also works regularly with schools, colleges and universities hosting workshops and seminars.
Craig Horsfall currently works with the MA Conservation course at Camberwell School of Art. He has several years’ experience as a paper conservator, and holds accredited status with the Institute of Conservation (ICON). While working with the framing company John Jones he regularly worked with artists and galleries to retouch printing flaws on new works going to collectors or exhibition.
Please Bring the following items with you on the first day:
A note pad and pen
Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Camberwell College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.