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Liz Powell: Paper and Stitch Date 9-10 February

$280.00 $240.00

This 2 day workshop is all about experimenting with the interaction of paper and stitch. We’ll be including elements and working from the lovely New England environment such as grasses, leaves, found objects, and incorporating stitched elements into a variety of paper manipulations. We will also play with the traditional Korean technique of Joomchi (a type of paper felting best done with the feet and power tools I’ve found) where paper layering and stitch creates new voids and shapes.

You can jump into joomchi with both feet, literally, but I will also be demonstrating and making a piece for everyone so all participants will end up with a piece of joomchi with personal inclusions that you may have brought or collected in the landscape, but if you want to dive in and give it a whirl that will be great! You can bind up a diary of the weekend using an age old binding technique that dates to medieval times using book stitching frames that I will provide. The frames are available for purchase after the workshop if you become addicted.

All joomchi equipment will be provided and all levels of experience catered for.

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Dates: 9-10 February

Price: $240 (earlybird) $280 (late booking)

This 2 day workshop is all about experimenting with the interaction of paper and stitch. We’ll be including elements and working from the lovely New England environment such as grasses, leaves, found objects, and incorporating stitched elements into a variety of paper manipulations. We will also play with the traditional Korean technique of Joomchi (a type of paper felting best done with the feet and power tools I’ve found) where paper layering and stitch creates new voids and shapes.

You can jump into joomchi with both feet, literally, but I will also be demonstrating and making a piece for everyone so all participants will end up with a piece of joomchi with personal inclusions that you may have brought or collected in the landscape, but if you want to dive in and give it a whirl that will be great! You can bind up a diary of the weekend using an age old binding technique that dates to medieval times using book stitching frames that I will provide. The frames are available for purchase after the workshop if you become addicted.

All joomchi equipment will be provided and all levels of experience catered for.

 

Requirements:

Student materials

• A piece of dowel about as thick as a broom handle or a bit thicker, and about 40 cm long. A wooden rolling pin will also do the trick

• A piece of plastic core board, the sort of thing real estate agents and election candidates often use, with a corrugated centre, 5 ml thick, A3 size. I bought mine from a sign writer but it may be available from Office Works or similar. (Note: I will have some available to borrow)

• New (not recycled) bubble wrap as wide as your plastic core board. Post offices often sell rolls A3 wide with smaller rather than larger bubbles. It is the action of the texture of the bubble wrap against plant fibres that promotes the felting Joomchi process.

• A water squirt bottle that you can put on spray mode.

• a roll of packaging tape or masking tape aprox 4cm wide

• An assortment of needles, thread weights, colours and types. As a starting point I suggest stranded cottons, cotton perle no.5 or 8, linen and silk threads if you have them (I will have some varieties of these as well as needles), a thimble is also handy, along with small scissors. If you are not certain bring it along and we can give it a go.

• An assortment of handmade papers if you have them (I will be providing some)

•A scalpel or breakaway blade and a cutting board or piece of sturdy cardboard, and general purpose scissors

• A note book or sketch book for ideas

• A bucket

• At least 10 pieces of fabric cut aprox 5cm bigger than A4 (the size of the paper we will be making). These may be from old tablecloths with embroidery, old blanket, and other recycled fabrics. Old towelling or fabric with a nap like velvet is not suitable as it grabs onto the wet paper and makes it difficult to release.

• A waterproof board bigger than A4 e.g. plastic cutting board, varnished ply wood

• If you have one, a paint roller 10cm or bigger

• If you have any etchings, fabric or stitched work you would like to try embedding, or drawing media you would like to play with(e.g. waterproof fine point pens are available from newsagents and art shops in different colours and sizes) chalk pastels also work well if you would like to give them a try.

• Also if you have them a tailor’s awl and a bone folder (I will have some for loan in class)

For a materials Fee of $ 10 I will provide

• Kozo plant fibre paper to use as a basis for joomchi layering (we will be layering our own stitched paper on top as well as stitching into Kozo and other plant fibre paper) 1 x A2 sheet per student

• Handmade plant fibre paper 1x A3 sheet per students

• Mount board for recycling into paper

• Packing tape and plastic bags to seal up wet work

• Raffia for string making

• PVA glue for those who wish to do some book binding and brushes, as well as awls and bone folders

• A4 mould and deckles

• Extra corrugated core board to borrow for those participants who have trouble sourcing this

• Chalk pastels and waterproof pens to experiment with

• 2 Press boards and clamps for paper making

• 2 vats

• 2 blenders with power board and extension cord.

• Paint roller

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