This workshop explores the local environment as a source of materials for paper-making and exploits the strength of plant fibre paper as a mixed media material.

Tuition fees have been kept at last year’s level. All fees clearly show the GST component.

Adults: $407.00*, Under 18: $231.00*

* Prices include GST

  • Age: 14+
  • Skill Level: Everyone
  • Status: Full.
  • Campus: Bellingen High School
  • Situated on Waterfall Way on the eastern side of the town of Bellingen
  • Plenty of parking both on Crown street and parking areas within the school
  • Canteen serving delicious food, 2 coffee outlets and ice cream vendor on premises
  • A bus provides transport between the High School & Primary School at the beginning and end of the day plus the lunchtime break.
PLANT FIBRE PAPER MAKING

 

 

The first three days of the week will be dedicated to

1: identifying suitable plants, harvesting them, chopping the sourced fibre down to manageable size, cooking and soaking the found fibres overnight. While found fibres are cooking students will make paper samples with prepared pulp that I will provide.

2: washing and beating found fibres to set up plant paper vats for a full day of papermaking and experimenting with inclusions that can be added to vats, laminating, dyeing. Also experimenting with casting/embossing on relief surfaces straight out of the paper press. 3. Continuing with paper production and seeing how far the paper can be pushed while in the vat, while un-pressed and while wet and what else can we throw in e.g. drawing with water squirt bottles, sizing with gelatine and rice paste, watermarking with copper wire, drawing with pulp

Days 4 and 5 are spent experimenting with a variety of mixed media on dried paper as well as some paper production continuing (though this must finish on Day 4 to allow paper to be dry by the last day). Also experimenting with forms which may include sample books, artist’s books (which will involve some book binding depending on individual experience), ways of joining paper using hand stitch and homemade glues, incorporation of local found leaves stalks etc as decorative elements when applied dry, in general what can be done with handmade paper.

 

 

Course Requirements

Liz Powell: Student Requirements List

•          Approx 20 pieces of old fabric e.g old cotton sheets, tea towels, wool blanket, old nylon shower curtain – cut to approximately  30 x 40 cm (so as to be a bit bigger than A4). Some textured fabric cut to this size can also be fun e.g. op shop tablecloths with bits of embroidery or lace, hessian, open weave fabric, doilies

•          A small towel (e.g. old hand towel or half a bath towel, not heavy textured with a pattern)

•          A packet of chux or similar for cleanup and emergency paper felts

•          A small basic sewing kit – needle( medium size) and variety of threads, scissors

•          A 2 litre plastic ice cream container or similar, but not your good tupperware!

•          cold water dye, colour of your choice e.g. Dylon powder dye available from most chemists

•          Things you would like to throw in vat if you have them e.g. potpourri, lavender seeds, dried flowers; things to laminate between paper sheets if you have them e.g. feathers, printouts, old art works (generally need to be flat)

•          A cheap broad brush, e.g.7 cm wide, for painting on external sizes

•          Small Water squirt bottle

•          An old pillow case

•          A small selection of art materials you may already have e.g. charcoal, soft pencils, watercolours or acrylics, scissors or a blade, ruler

If you are driving or local and only if possible

•          a saucepan sized wire sieve; a clean bucket; a blender and an extension cord and/ or power board that would pass an electrician’s inspection (the more the better); A plastic storage crate or similar aprox.30 cm high x 60 cm long x 50 cm wide to use as a paper vat (the more we have the better); A piece of waterproofed board or stiff plastic e.g. a kitchen cutting  board approx 30cm x 40cm (slightly larger than A4 and no thicker than 3cm)

Materials fee of $15.

 

Tutor

Liz Powell

Liz Powell

Liz Powell's solo exhibitions include 2013    Library of Atlas – Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW, 2012     Library of Atlas – Gallery 159, Brisbane, Qld 2011    Armchair Traveller – Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, Qld and Gympie Regional Gallery, Qld. Partnered solo exhibitions include2014     Drawer of Worms – with Liz Evans and Maris Herr – Sinclair Gallery, Geelong and Gallery 159, Brisbane The Forgotten Botanist – with Liz Evans and Maris Herr at Canberra and Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery Finds: The Archaeology of Now and Then - with Anne Leon at Timeless Text Gallery Newcastle

Liz has also exhibited extensively internationally as well as publishing within textile publications and had written her own books published by Textiles Anyone

Samples of her work can be found in Collections of: Janet de Boer – CEO The Australian Forum for Textile Fibre Arts; Helen Lancaster – Past Curator for Fairfield Regional Gallery, NSW, and fibre artist; Joolie Gibbs – Director of Gympie Regional Gallery, Qld; Sandra Ross – Education Officer Gympie; Glenys Mann – CEO of Fibre Arts Australia and fibre artist; Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Qld; Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW

Liz has been residential tutor in venues right across Australia

 

  • Age: 14+
  • Skill Level: Everyone
  • Status: Full.
  • Campus: Bellingen High School
  • Situated on Waterfall Way on the eastern side of the town of Bellingen
  • Plenty of parking both on Crown street and parking areas within the school
  • Canteen serving delicious food, 2 coffee outlets and ice cream vendor on premises
  • A bus provides transport between the High School & Primary School at the beginning and end of the day plus the lunchtime break.

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