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Pulp Ecology: Papermaking with Plants, Pigments, and Dyes


  • Covell Studio 8680 Washington Avenue La Mesa, CA, 91942 United States (map)

2-Day Workshop by Anne Covell
Level: All

Member-Early Enrollment: $184
Member Fee: $230
Non-Member Fee: $305
Materials Fee: $25

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Delve into the world of papermaking with plants, earth pigments, and natural dyes in this unique workshop. We’ll begin by learning the fundamentals of papermaking (sheetforming, couching, pressing, and drying) through exploration of cotton, flax, hemp, and abaca fibers. We’ll learn techniques for immersion and vat dyeing wet pulps with dyes such as indigo, logwood, and cochineal, among others, for a wide range of colors. Additionally, we’ll learn how to manipulate dyed pulps on the paper’s surface through mark making techniques, as well as how to embed materials between sheets and how to create thin veils to conceal and reveal elements. After our sheets have dried, we’ll further work them through natural processes of rusting, bleaching, and resist dyeing. Through these processes, each sheet will become its own work of art.

Anne Covell, a book artist and papermaker, received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques and has taught courses in bookbinding, papermaking, and natural dyeing for the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the University of Georgia study-abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. She resides in San Diego, California where she is building a Japanese papermaking studio and investigating Asian papermaking and cover-making techniques. http://www.annecovell.com/