Learn of the different natural fibers to make handmade paper sheets, and include color pulp painting with stencils and squeeze bottles for special effects. This two day workshop allows for in-depth projects and seeing results overnight as sheets go into the restraint drying system. Join for the collaborative experience and fun.
With light-sensitive coatings onto paper, we will make beautiful blue toned prints when exposed with objects or transparencies blocking the ultraviolet light, leaving a silhouette image that “captures” the moment and the ghost of the object. This is a historic process ready for update. Bring unusual small objects, natural foliage & grasses, nostalgic translucent or transparent memorabilia. Also plan a photo image ahead of time that will be made into a transparency to use for exposures.
We will use kozo fibers (related to the mulberry tree), and other plants gathered locally to make thin, translucent paper in the Nagashizuki-style of sheet forming. A cool process for the summer, with interesting and useful results.
Print onto interesting fabrics, tote-bags, t-shirts from ready to go patterned blocks, and blocks that you carve yourself. Tools and wood are provided, and we will use black ink for graphic punch, and traditional effects.
Learn to sharpen your printmaking tools – woodcarving gouges and knives, etching scrapers. We will show you how, and you can get them into shape. This is a meditative – and necessary – practice for those tools and you.
Join with guest artist Kathy Caraccio, master printer from New York City, here to celebrate her Quilt Series exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. In this exciting workshop we will create monoprints onto interesting papers for colorful rainbow blends, textures and layers. These printed sources will be cut into shapes to arrange into quilt like designs and patterns that create dynamic visual interactions. These one-of-a-kind collages of paper will be glued and mounted for a finished presentation. Printing hints and tips from Kathy’s vast knowledge will enable collaboration throughout the workshop allowing all to learn and discover.
This intensive, exciting workshop will awaken the possibilities for the woodcut printing process for the beginning and advanced printmaker. This approach is not technically tradition-bound…but inventive, with contemporary, creative methods, that can be spontaneous, simple and direct. This expressive medium will be introduced and explored through demonstrations and discussions of cutting techniques, oil-base inks and water-base inks, modifiers, and printing by hand as well as using the press. Participants will go from designing their images and cutting blocks, to printing several projects using a variety of methods and individual discoveries. For all levels.
May 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 each day
Make the beautiful and professional clamshell box, to house your special collection, object or book. We will build to your unique purpose, using quality materials, decorative juxtapositions, and fundamental proportions. Bring along the object that will go into this special box.
February 23 & 24, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm each day
Make beautiful handmade paper with inclusions of colored pulp wet into wet. Fluid squeeze-bottle drawing and designs can make the paper sheets inspiring when dry for further drawing, calligraphy, printing, and bookmaking.
Now use your own bookcloth for the covers of this hand bound exposed stitch traditional binding. A practical book that opens completely. Additional bookcloth and decorative papers will also be available.
Love all those great patterned cotton fabrics out there? Have remnants in your sewing box? Turn those interesting fabrics into lined bookcloth that can be used for covering your own books, boxes, and projects. All cotton works best, and we will have some to use on site also.
Play with the woodtype and printers cuts to make holiday cards and sentiments. Learn the basics of typesetting and lock-up and how to use the Vandercook and the new (old) Challenge presses for type-high explorations.