Every printmaker knows the importance of the perfect paper to show off their skills and ideas. Imagine if your own customized paper could be part of the creative process. The weight, texture, colour, shape and even the absorbency of your surface can be yours to choose. Intriguing possibilities include more than one colour in the same sheet, small decorative inclusions in the paper, and sheets with shapes you design yourself. Individual guidance from a tutor who has worked with printmakers on their own special projects, and also prints on her own paper, will help you achieve the results you hope for.
The first part of the workshop will be spent learning to prepare pulp, use equipment and form sheets using cotton fibre. During the second half, we will work with kozo, the mulberry fibre widely used in Japan and Korea, to make strong but delicate sheets suitable for chine colle and other techniques, and experiment with pigmenting.
You will be supplied with all the materials that you require for the day. However, it may be helpful to bring aprons and carrier bags and or plastic folders to transport damp sheets home.
Who is this workshop designed for
This workshop is designed for anyone and everyone who is interested in learning a new skill and adding a new creative string to their bow.
About your Master Workshop tutor
Lucy Baxandall is a papermaker and book artist based at Kingsgate Workshops Trust in London, England. She has worked as a financial journalist, jewellery designer/maker, translator and teacher of French, German and art in the UK and the USA.
From 2008 to 2010, she was artist in residence at John Mason School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and remained at JMS as an art teacher until 2011.
Since returning to London, she has taught at the London Centre for Book Arts, and now teaches 2D and 3D papermaking at Morley College. She also runs papermaking and book arts workshops for groups and individuals at her studio and around the UK, and translates for academic publications.
My work springs from the following concerns and ideas:
The accumulation of memory through the imagery of geological sedimentation. The role of language in this process.
Definitions of home and community, and the influence of landscape on identity.
The containment of emotional processes so that they are visible but crystallised or fossilised.
Tangible representations of how we now gather and filter information.
Human attempts to control the uncontrollable.
The media I use are handmade and reclaimed/recycled paper, traditional bookbinding materials, found objects, image transfer, various surface treatments and text.