Learn the art of handmade paper in Helen's sunny paper studio. Having first fallen in love with papermaking in Ahmedebad, India, Helen uses her travels for artistic inspiration. During your VAWAA, work with natural materials to make your own unique collection of handmade paper.
Helen is a visual artist specializing in hand papermaking. She first fell in love with papermaking while visiting paper mills in Ahmedebad, India as a student in the 1970s. In the forty years since, she has travelled extensively in Asia, Africa, and Europe to learn about, collaborate with, and exhibit alongside other papermakers. For Helen, papermaking is both an intellectual journey and a practice of cultural literacy. She works with Western and Eastern paper traditions, creating hand formed sheets of paper that vary from colorful to thin and translucent. Printing, drawing, and bookmaking are also part of her work. As the founder of a renowned center for contemporary printmaking, a university educator, and a prolific studio artist, Helen is a cornerstone of the international papermaking community. You don’t need to travel the world to gain Helen’s global experience—she brings the world to her studio!
Introduction to the history and variety of hand papermaking.
Opportunity to work in a papermill and a dry studio.
Preparing fibers using Western and Eastern techniques.
Learning basics of the papermaking process, including the use of molds.
Designing stencils and incorporating inclusions (i.e. plant materials, other papers, silk threads) in papermaking.
Instruction in composition, layering, and texture.
Pressing, transferring, and drying paper.
Your own collection of handmade papers.
All materials and tools.
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This VAWAA is available for a longer duration, up to 7 days. Please ask when you send your booking request.