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It’s not only humans who make paper. A species of wasp aptly known as the ‘paper wasp’ gets its name from its ability to create a paper-like material from fibres of dead wood and plant stems mixed with saliva. The modern art of papermaking is surprisingly similar! Get your wasp on in this unique workshop in the heart of Merton Abbey Mills.
This class is intended for practitioners and students of the paper arts: book artists, designers, graphic artists, letterpress and print-makers, and crafters. The aim is to learn how to construct paper by hand that can be used for a variety of creative expressions and formats.
The class will cover both historical and contemporary paper-making processes. Both Western and Japanese styles will be covered, using sisal, cotton, and kozo fibres with plant pulps, recycled materials and textile inclusions. The five days will include practical demonstrations, group participation, individual practice opportunities and one-to-one tuition.
Students can buy tickets at a reduced fee of £245.
Participants are advised to bring old clothes/an apron, notebook, camera, folder and recycled textile materials (optional). All other necessary equipment will be provided, and plant material will be gathered from around the local area.
Not only will you go home with samples of the paper you’ve created with your own hands, you’ll have learnt a lasting technique you can apply to future projects, making them bespoke and refined.
Catered to a specific clientele, this is a fantastic opportunity to bond and network with kindred spirits in the book and print art industry.
As a teacher, Mandy is passionate about creating a learning environment that can promote exploration and a discourse of new ideas. As such, spaces in this distinctive workshop are limited, so secure yours today.
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Run by artist Chloe Spicer, Object Book is an experimental book arts studio in Merton that puts on artist workshops and events.
Object Book is an alternative book makery and book arts studio, in residency at Merton Abbey Mills: a converted, 18th-century textile factory in Merton. The studio is run by Chloe Spicer, an artist, library curator and book lover trained in the art of handling rare books and archival materials. Check out Chloe's workshops to learn all manner of things from sculpting books into unique art pieces and making your own paper to using books as instruments!
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