Participants will get the opportunity to learn how to make plant fibre paper that can be manipulated using indigo and Shibori techniques.

*Early Bird* Adults: $396.00*, Under 18: $242.00*

* Prices include GST

  • Age: 16+
  • Skill Level: Everyone
  • Status: Available.
  • 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 Paper Making & Indigo

Early in the week we will be making our paper using some local fibres harvested from the immediate surroundings and combining it with some prepared oriental plant fibres. Then we’ll play with the wonderful properties of an indigo vat with our Bellingen paper, including making indigo paper string as well as a variety of shapes and sizes of paper sheets.

People may decide to stitch their indigo paper into paper quilts or sampler books using original designs or traditional Japanese quilt and sashiko patterns and Japanese albums.

Course Requirements

  • An apron or protective clothing and preferably closed in shoes
  • Sturdy rubber gloves
  • Secateurs
  • A couple of green garbage bags
  • A roll of gaffa tape or similar
  • A piece of PVC pipe no longer than 60cm and diameter no wider than 15cm (both dimensions can be smaller. If this is difficult because of travel arrangements can be made to provide one.
  • Aprox 2 metres of cheap muslin or cheese cloth
  • 2 balls of waterproof twine or waxed string or similar
  • Two small G clamps or F clamps
  • 2 or 3 pairs of small wooden blocks – these are used for resist in an indigo vat so you need 2 the same size to make an effective clamp. They can be the size of dominoes up to and including the size of a small bible! Any kind of wood. Handy hint: if they have holes drilled in them or are round or triangular that will give you different resists. I will also have Perspex clamps available for use.
  • A variety of needles and threads, thick and thin (preferably polyester but we can use cotton and silks and dye those too!)
  • A variety of paint brushes, soft round and stiffer square brushes (cheap sets are available in most craft shops
  • Scissors
  • A sketch book for planning and cannibalising the cardboard back
  • A bucket or large ice cream container
  • A roll or large packet of chux or similar

If you have the following already

  • A large steel or enamel boiling pot (not aluminium)
  • A sturdy (but not your best) blender
  • A safe gas burner e.g. a camp stove with tank, or electric hot plate
  • A tailor’s awl
  • A mould and deckle for sheet forming

For a fee of $25 per student I will provide

  • The ingredients for an indigo vat
  • Indigo and soy milk for painting
  • Extra brushes, clamps, wooden and Perspex blocks
  • Silk, cotton and polyester threads, needles and awls
  • 2 blenders
  • 2 electric hot plates
  • Waxed twine
  • An electric hand drill for perforating paper
  • Caustic soda
  • Vinegar
  • 2 Steel pots
  • 5 Mould and Deckles, 2 vats, boards and clamps for pressing paper
  • Sashiko stencil patterns

 

Tutor

Liz Powell

Liz Powell

I have been an exhibiting artist and educator since graduating from National Art School Sydney in 1978, tutoring regularly at many forums in Australia. The year of 2017 is a fairly typical sample for tutoring for example Bellingen Camp Creative, Primrose Paper Arts in Sydney, ContextArt in the Blue Mountains, Go Create New England, Fibre Arts in Ballarat and Lismore, Papermakers of Victoria and Tweed Regional Gallery. 2018  will be bringing a New Zealand adventure as well!

In recent years I have exhibited in many venues in Australia as well as in Italy, Korea and US in solo, partnered and invitational exhibitions. In 2017 my main focus is a large series of paper installation pieces as a featured artist for Colac-Otway Shire’s Cross pollination event. I am also participating in the International Association Paper Makers and Artists 30th anniversary exhibition travelling Australia in 2017 and in the Artists Books and Bookplates exhibition at the Uralla Print Gallery.

My work mediums are fairly broad as I like to adapt techniques together to carry my ideas. Mixed media doesn’t really cover it when I come to make a list, three or more of which may have been incorporated into one work: plant paper making  (almost always comes first)etching, indigo painting and dyeing, plant dyeing, stitching, drawing, metal manipulation, relief printing, quilt making, watercolour and earth pigments, encaustic, collage, artists books and book binding, and 3D construction. There could be more!

 

 

  • Age: 16+
  • Skill Level: Everyone
  • Status: Available.
  • 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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