Hands on Paper
Forthcoming workshops Colac July 2013
Denim and Lace
Saturday 6 July 2013
Used high quality pulp made from denim and cotton sheeting to create special papers. Learn about the history of watermarks and how to make permanent and temporary watermarks for your own moulds. Make watermarks from a variety of materials including lace, blutac and copper wire and use them for identification and as an artform.
From Plant to Paper
Sunday 7 July 2013
Learn how to turn common garden plants and weeds into paper. Learn techniques for harvesting, preparation, cooking, beating and sheet forming. Paper can be made from cumbungi, NZ Flax, grasses, red hot poker and many barks. The morning will be spent preparing fibre and the afternoon making many sheets of paper from different fibres. The paper is suitable for collage, cards and some for writing on. Suitable for beginners and those who have done some papermaking.
Coptic Binding plus variations
Saturday 13 July
The Copts, a group of early Christians based in Egypt as early as the 2nd century CE, developed the distinctive style of book known as the Coptic binding. In this class students will learn how to create the trademark Coptic spine stitch that resembles a chain stitch as used in embroidery. They will also be given the opportunity to explore variations on the stitch such as the crossover Celtic Binding. Some advantages of these types of binding are that the cover material doesnŐt need to be flexible so timber, metal and clay can all be used for covers along with the usual covered card. Another advantage is that the book can lay flat very well so is extremely suitable for a sketch book, it can also open right out and form a circle making it a very suitable binding for sculptural books. Materials list provided on application.
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