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Advanced Papermaking Techniques

April 13 & 20

Advanced Papermaking Techniques w/Patti Shanks

 

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In this workshop, I’ll teach techniques using overbeaten pulp to make 2-D compositions. Overbeaten abaca and flax pulp is an amazing medium that can be pigmented, thinned out, used to draw or paint with, and ladled onto wet paper. Using watery pulp, we’ll build layers of color, embed found paper ephemera as well as cloth scraps, couche flat materials between layers, and use pulp paints in squeeze bottles to draw on the surface of wet paper.

 

Workshop will meet on 2 consecutive Saturdays: April 13 and April 20th from 10:30 until 2:30. I’ll teach techniques and give everyone plenty of time to try new methods and work on compositions. 

 

$190 covers pulp used; you’ll be sent a supply list of basic stuff to bring from home. Enroll by April 8. No refunds after April 8.

BIO:

Patti Shanks is an educator and artist who grew up in Tulsa. After completing a Masters of Fine Art in Fibers at the University of Missouri, she continued her creative research in handmade paper. She taught at MU in the School of Visual Studies for over 20 years and recently moved her studio practice back to Oklahoma. 

 

Patti’s current practice involves the use of overbeaten paper fibers in the creation of 2 and 3 dimensional work. Exploring paper as a medium where control and accident co-exist, she builds compositions using layers of pulp, stencils, embedded ephemera, drawing and printing. She also continues creative research in artists’ books and papermaking using native plants and long bast fibers like kozo. 

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