Paper Pulp Stenciling
In this class not only will participants study the process of hand papermaking from pulp prep to forming sheets with cotton, translucent linen, and abaca pulps, but participants will also learn creative stenciling techniques to make finished artwork within the medium of papermaking. Various methods such as watermarking, mylar stenciling, pulp coloring and use with stencils, multi-laminating, embedding, and embossing will be covered to achieve simple to complex imagery in the process. Basic papermaking equipment, tools, materials, and use are explained to familiarize beginning and experienced students to the facilities. Participants will be privy to pioneering techniques formulated at Dieu Donné Papermill from over 35 years of my working with major artists in New York, and will see examples of this work.
*X-acto #11 knife with blades
*Rubber or plastic apron, waterproof shoes or boots
*Straight edge or ruler
*Permanent sharpie markers
*Drawing kit: everything for sketching
*Needle nose tweezer
*Various tapes: strapping, blue, clear packing
*Collage materials for inclusions into paper
*NOTE: All of these materials will be available for purchase in the Shakerag store.
Paul Wong is Artistic Director for over 34 years at Dieu Donné (Papermill), a non-profit organization for visual artists in NYC founded in 1976. (Dieu Donné moved into a new 7000 square foot state-of-the-art space in 2007.) He has developed and pioneered ground-breaking technical advances in the field of creative hand-papermaking, having collaborated with artists such as Chuck Close, Richard Tuttle, Kiki Smith, Jim Dine, Jessica Stockholder, Jim Hodges, Richard Artschwager, Donald Baechler, Louise Bourgeois, and many others. He has continued to use the paper-process in his own work to create major installations and works in paper for exhibitions such as “Fargo/Far-To-Go”, Plains Museum, Fargo ND, 2003, and “Paper Spaces”, Neuberger Museum, Purchase NY, 1997. He has received grants from NYFA (1997) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation (1988). He has taught, lectured, and juried exhibitions on hand papermaking through the New School-NYC, at DD, NY Public Library, PBI ’92,’02,’08, Columbia College in Chicago, Penland, Banff School of Art, and numerous visiting artist programs across the country.