Explore colour in papermaking using natural dyes and pigments including some from the gardens at West Dean. Use traditional papermaking techniques with cotton pulp, and other accessible methods, then dye and stain your papers, to make simple books or hand-made paper artworks.
Artist and papermaker, Jane Ponsford will lead an exploration colour in papermaking using natural dyes and pigments including some from the beautiful gardens at West Dean. After an initial practical session running through traditional papermaking techniques we will take a short walk to draw inspiration and materials from the gardens.
The course will be taught by means of demonstrations and practical work as well as individual attention to support your project. There will be information and handouts to allow you to take these skills further independently after the course. We will make paper traditionally using a Hollander beater and professional equipment making and using cotton pulp to form sheets but will also explore more easily accessible techniques before experimenting with dyeing and dip-dyeing and making natural inks to mark and stain our paper.
At the end of the course you will have made some beautiful zig-zag books and other two- and three- dimensional handmade paper artworks. You will have experimented with papermaking and making and using natural dyes using a range of techniques and you will have gained and built upon skills to take further in your own work.
This course is suitable particularly for those with an interest in papermaking and fibre crafts.
Timetable for courses more than one day in length
(The tutor may make slight variations)
Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
Jane is an experienced tutor who teaches papermaking workshops
in a variety of settings from museums and galleries to schools and
in the landscape. Recently she has run workshops for Stroud
International Textiles and The British Museum. She is a member of
IAPMA and has exhibited nationally and internationally.