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About the Course
Explore the versatility, strength and beauty of handmade paper in its sculptural form to create vessels: bowls, vases, boxes or light sculptures. Using wet and dry techniques, harnessing the properties of different fibres, push the experimental paper envelope.
When we use paper in three dimensions, it is usually in a utilitarian form like a cardboard box, perhaps a lampshade, but it can also be used to create beautiful sculptural vessels: bowls, vases, lanterns and more. This short course gives a basic grounding in 2D sheet forming and then encourages experimentation and self-expression with 3D forms. Beginners and experienced papermakers are both welcome. Anyone interested in sculpture would also enjoy this course.
By the end of the course you will be able to
To prepare fibres and pulp suitable for 3D structures
To form sheets of paper on a mould and deckle for creating 3D structures
To prepare an armature and a mould as bases for vessels
To make a cast paper vessel and a vessel on a frame
Class format and activities
In the first session we will learn about equipment, pulp preparation with strong fibres (cotton, abaca, kozo) and become confident in forming rectangular sheets of paper. We will plan and create a mould and a frame ready to make a bowl and a framed vessel or lantern form. On the second day we will create our vessels using casting techniques and for the framed form, pouring and wrapping techniques. We will also add decorative elements to the pieces. We will use accelerated drying methods so that the vessels are dry and strong enough to take home.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Suitable for all levels.
What you need to know before you enrol
You will be working with water so wear old clothes and shoes.
What you will need for your class
Please bring 2 or 3 packets of low cost flat J cloths, an apron and a suitable container to transport your finished vessels home. You can also bring your own decorative materials to include if you wish, eg thread, paper ephemera, petals etc.
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