Paper is an amazing, surprising material with the potential to be structurally strong or flexible and soft, opaque or translucent, an artwork in itself, a base for drawings and paintings, a sculptural form, or bound into books for writing and illustrations. In this session we will explore the potential of paper as a basic material and as a medium for artistic pursuits. Four internationally known instructors, Amanda Degener, co-founder of Cave Paper; Carol Barton of Popular Kinetics; Helen Hiebert of Helen Hiebert Studio; and Denise Carbone from the University of the Arts will lead workshops in various aspects of the paper arts.
Students will be signing up for the complete session, with sixteen hours of instruction in each area: hand papermaking, creating paper-based objects, sewn bookbindings and designing pop-ups. The session will also include field trips to the Fabriano Paper Mill and to the city of Florence, along with several other excursion stops. In addition, Amanda will be offering optional morning Tai Chi sessions to be held near the fountain in our lovely public garden overlooking the surrounding mountains.
This is an ideal session for teachers, graphic designers, creative artists, and anyone who likes to play with paper or is interested in the rudiments of how books are put together. No prior experience is necessary; all skill levels are welcome.
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Denise Carbone’s studio is in South Jersey where many unusual experiments happen.
Her interest in historical bookmaking has taken her to Italy and Greece to study with masters on the subject and China to teach western bookmaking. Her publication, Observations on the Caterpillar Stitch, 2007, was based on a 12th-century book binding. She has taught many workshops on structure and book protection at book arts centers and events like the Paper and Book Intensive. She taught at The University of the Arts, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was the book conservator at the American Philosophical Society for many years.
“I like making things, figuring out the details of particulars, especially when it comes to function and the haptics of objects like books. The challenge (and pleasure when it happens) is finding a material that excites the senses. And maybe not in the sense one would expect. “
In 2019 she collaborated with a fashion designer and Wrap Book Studio was the result.
Amanda Degener educates through writing, publishing and traveling to teach and exhibit her work in the United States and in places such as Japan, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Australia, Korea, and Taiwan/China. Degener co-founded Hand Papermaking Magazine (now 30 years old) and co-published it for six years. Degener informally started Cave Paper in 1984 then 10 years later when Bridget O’Malley joined it grew into a production paper enterprise.. Degener graduated from Bennington College and received an MFA from Yale School of Art in Sculpture. She moved her paper studio to the not yet-opened Minnesota Center for Book Arts where she was one of many Founders, their first Artist-in-Residence, and later their first Artistic Director.
Helen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films, artists’ books and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally and online, and is the author of several how-to books about papermaking and papercrafts. Helen has an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world and her interest in how things are made (from paper) keeps her up-to-date on current paper trends, which she writes about in her weekly blog called The Sunday Paper. She interviews papermakers and paper artists on her podcast Paper Talk, and she holds an annual paper retreat and papermaking master classes in her Red Cliff studio each September.
Carol Barton is a paper engineer, painter, book artist, and teacher who has published her own artist’s book editions and has organized national shows, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Science and the Artist’s Book exhibition. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. She has conducted workshops at all educational levels including teaching positions at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Her award-winning Pocket Paper Engineer workbooks are how-to guides on how to make pop-ups.