Papermaking for Artists and Designers
Paper colour, weight and texture are important factors in many artists and designers' work. Handmade paper has become a popular medium in current art and design practice because of its tremendous versatility. This course will introduce you to practical, historical and contemporary aspects of papermaking...
Taught by: Mandy Brannan.
Paper colour, weight and texture are important factors in many artists and designers' work. Handmade paper has become a popular medium in current art and design practice because of its tremendous versatility. This course will introduce you to practical, historical and contemporary aspects of papermaking. It will lead to an understanding of the technical and creative possibilities facilitated by making paper from a variety of materials. Experimentation and reflection will be encouraged in order for you to combine papermaking techniques with your existing skills and allow for new creative developments.
The sessions will consist of practical demonstrations, group participation, individual practice opportunities and one-to-one tuition. Daily group critiques will help to develop ideas and will lead to further experimentation. The course will:
- introduce historical and contemporary papermaking
- teach techniques needed to create Japanese and Western styles of papermaking using equipment that can easily be obtained
- provide skills that can be used after the class at minimal cost
- show you how to make low relief and simple 3D structures
- enable you to experiment with different plant fibres, recycled papers, pigmentation, inclusion and decorative techniques
Entry requirements: None
For students to bring :
- Washing up bowls 2 or 3, approx 38 x 32 cm..(Pound Shop)
- 1 x A4 mould and deckle - http://www.greatart.co.uk/Papers/Other-papers/DIY-paper/Hardwood-Paper-Making-Frame.html
- 4 x old bath towels
- 4 x old hand towels
- stainless steel sieve - medium (John Lewis Kitchen dept)
- 5 x 4mm thick perspex sheets carryable . size approx 60 x 40 cm
- 2 wood or mdf boards. size approx 60 x 40 cm
- Note book
In addition to the kit above, you will also need to think about collecting materials to use in your work, such as:
- Start collecting plant leaves and let them dry out (such as iris, gladioli, daffodil, tulip, nettle, oak, rose, onion skins). Store them in large paper carrier bags. No more than quarter of a pound when dry is a good amount.
- String-like materials – wool, thread, thin wires etc.
- Non-bulky dried plant materials – flatish seeds etc.
- Fabric pieces.
- Rubber stamps and ink.
- Ready made papers to experiment with. Examples of types of paper for this process
- Photocopies of simple line drawings or images.
- Printed image transfers for fabrics.
- Postage stamps etc.
- Imagery that pertains to your personal practice that could be used in some way.
- Washing soda and stainless steel sauce pan. DO NOT bring to class but have ready to use at home.