Saturday, May 2, 2015

Summer 2015 Workshops at Morgan Conservatory

If you're near the Cleveland area this summer, be sure to take a workshop at The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory. Keep scrolling to browse their list of offerings!

Morgan Conservatory
Summer 2015 Workshops

May Workshops

Introduction to Western Papermaking
Taught by Mason Milani
May 23-24, 2015 10am-4pm
The basics of Western papermaking will be taught in this hands-on, experiential workshop. Learn the technical skills of sheet formation, how to pigment pulp, how and why to combine and layer fibers, and much more. After instruction, you’ll pull as much paper as time allows, using a variety of fibers including bleached and pigmented cotton, abaca and flax.

The Deckle Box-Thinking Outside the Vat
Taught by Tom Balbo
May 30-31, 2015 10am-4pm
Introduce yourself to papermaking with the Deckle Box. In this manner of papermaking, paper is made without the use of a traditional vat. Sheets are formed by pouring fiber directly into the deckle box before draining onto interfacing. Great for new and experienced papermakers alike, students will have the opportunity to make both medium and large sheets, and a variety of pulps and pigments will be explored.

Japanese Books and Boxes
Taught by Rhonda Miller
May 30-31, 2015 10am-4pm
Students will make three traditional Japanese books in this two-day workshop, using variations of the yotsume toji technique. Using all Japanese materials, books will be constructed in the traditional hanshi size, using primary tacket binding with twisted Washi strips. Students will then move on to construct a traditional three-sided wrap-around case, made to fit their books perfectly.

June Workshops

Folding Paper-Kusudama
Taught by Shawn Simmons
June 6-7, 2015 10am-4pm
Kusudama is a folding technique that marries centuries-old folding tradition with geometry, repetition, and modern aesthetics. In this style of modular origami, multiples of the same unit are built and pieced together into geometric structures. This workshop allows students to create multiple designs during folding demonstrations, and leave with at least four sample designs and up to two completed forms.

Endangered Studies-Joomchi
Taught by Bill Lorton
June 6-7, 2015 10am-4pm
Introduce yourself to Joomchi! Joomchi is a Korean paper-fusing technique where the layers of paper shrink and wrinkle, producing a beautifully textured, and amazingly durable, fabric. Explore the basics of joomchi, as well as more advanced techniques such as lace and drilled joomchi, momigami and other techniques one can easily translate into their own studio practice.

One Day Introduction to Letterpress Printing-Posters on the Sign Press
Taught by Wendy Partridge
June 13, 2015 10am-4pm
Set type and print multi-color posters using the Morgan’s sign presses and astonishing supply of wood type and engravings! The use of the press can be mastered in a day, and at the end you will have printed multi-color, collaborative posters. If you are fascinated by the history of letterpress and you want to learn the basics, this is the class for you!

Combining Two Ancient Media-Paper and Encaustic
Taught by Catherine Nash
June 18-21, 2015 10am-4pm
The Morgan has partnered with R&F Encaustic Paints to present this exciting workshop. Stain, paint, stamp, embed, layer, stitch, crumple, fold, form and dip: Combine encaustic and paper to create unique waxed based paintings, collage, assemblage and mixed media sculptural works. Using a wide variety of purchased papers including recycled paper elements, old book pages, photographs, vintage letters and envelopes, magazine imagery and small 3D objects, participants will explore the sculptural potential of integrating paper and encaustic. Students will complete a series of small studio constructions that will inspire and ignite their creativity.

Pure Hanji
Taught by Aimee Lee
June 20-21, 2015 10am-4pm
In an experience only possible at the Morgan Conservatory, Aimee Lee teaches this hanji workshop that focuses purely on sheet formation. Students will process kozo fiber, form sheets and dry them in the Korean tradition. This production-centered class will provide students with time and space to practice their vat technique, parting skills and drying methods. This class will make use of the Eastern Paper Studio and is best suited for students will some prior papermaking experience, but is open to all levels.

Letterpress Printing with Legos
Taught by Bob Kelemen
June 20-21, 2015 10am-4pm
In this innovative printmaking workshop, participants will learn basic letterpress techniques, while creating typography, imagery and pattern using Lego building tiles in combination with vintage wood and metal type from the Morgan Conservatory’s extensive collection. Join artist and educator Bob Kelemen for this two-day workshop, to create, design and print at least one finished project.

Fiber Paper Textile Book Spirit
Taught by Aimee Lee and Velma Bolyard
June 25-28, 2015 10am-4pm
Join Aimee and Velma for this four-day intensive exploration of the connections among fiber, paper, textile, book and spirit. Using paper that is both made during class, and provided by the instructors, students will learn fiber techniques that are ideal for handmade papers: spinning, weaving, cording and texturing. Students will use bookbinding techniques to make books in which to store samples made in class. Mark making with inks, natural dyes and stitching with thread made of paper and other fibers will be explored and stories, mythology and traditions of various cultures will be woven into the entire experience.

Creating Visual Narratives with Monotype
Taught by Julie Friedman
June 27-28, 2015 10am-4pm
Join Julie Friedman for an opportunity to explore monotypes in a new way. In this workshop students will create a vocabulary of images and a cast of characters to inhabit their narratives in a series of monotypes. Using scissors and knife, students will explore the fundamental steps in paper cutting and stencil making. There will be printmaking demos of rainbow rolls, flats, offsets, transfers and other processes to help generate images. Students will be given time to work on prints, interspersed with feedback, to help refine and expand ideas and ultimately craft a strong series of thematic prints.

July Workshops

Islamic Papermaking
Taught by Radha Pandey
July 10-12, 2015 10am-4pm
Morgan Conservatory is pleased to offer, for the first time ever, Islamic Papermaking. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Islamic-style papermaking, and its role in the history of papermaking. Workshop participants will get a close look at the fiber (hemp) used during the workshop and learn about its use and preparation. In this three-day in-depth look at the Islamic papermaking technique, students will make their own stack of handmade paper and learn simple surface finishing techniques that will be applied to the finished sheets.

Christmas (Cards) in July
Taught by Michael Gill
July 11-12, 2015 10am-4pm
Get a jump on the holidays! Michael Gill will take you through the process of designing, typesetting and printing your letterpress Christmas cards, or any kind of greeting card you want to make. Create the coolest Earth Day cards ever, or custom invitations to your annual party. Or avoid the holiday rush and get up to fifty Christmas cards printed in July!

Variations on a Theme-Coptic Stitch
Taught by Mary Uthuppuru
July 11-12, 2015 10am-4pm
Students will bind two books using a single needle Coptic style sewing structure in this workshop. The first book will be a sturdy hard cover binding and has great potential for future projects. The second book, using the same structure, will be a simple artist book containing variations on page construction based on a general theme. This workshop is great for beginning binders, but will also provide enough challenge for artists with some experience, as well.

The Multi-Accordion
Taught by Kevin Steele
July 18-19, 2015 10am-4pm
Book artists are introduced to a fascinating structure that binds multiple accordion folds together into an elaborate honeycomb format. A truly flexible binding with limitless variations, it allows for experimentation with dimension, perspective and visual effect. The multi-accordion can accommodate folds of different heights, lengths, and shapes, simple pop-up features and cut-out windows. It can be viewed multiple ways and directions; a structure that begs for interactivity with the reader.

The Artist’s Sample Book
Taught by Aimee Lee
July 18-19, 2015 10am-4pm
Most artists love to collect scraps of paper and other ephemera that end up in boxes, piles, drawers or haphazard storage. In this class, you will learn versatile bindings to organize and display these treasured pieces. Each binding will offer a different way of considering its contents and structure, whether samples are tucked into a pocket, tipped onto a page, or sewn permanently into the body of the book. Aimee will share her own sample books, which she has been making for over ten years, to serve as example and inspiration. Bindings include bridling, blizzard, side stitch and variations on the accordion and pamphlet. Bring your messy piles and leave with a collection of handmade sample books, as well as the skills to continue this excellent habit.

Pulp Imaging-Drawing, Stencils, Painting
Taught by Andrea Peterson
July 18-19, 2015 10am-4pm
Pigmented cotton fiber is emphasized as a medium to use for drawing, stenciling and painting. Using finely beaten and pigmented cotton, students will use basic tools and techniques to create pulp images. Images are created through the controlling and layering of pulp with veiling and block outs. Students will leave the workshop with multiple sheets of handmade paper that are ready for further transformation or can be works of art on their own.

Papermaking with Local Plant Fibers
Taught by Jane Ingram Allen
July 25-26, 2015 10am-4pm
Modified Asian techniques and local plant materials are explored as a means for papermaking in this workshop. Using minimal equipment and facilities, emphasis will be placed on creative use of materials and problem solving to make unique handmade paper using sustainable methods and materials that do not harm the environment. The instructor will introduce techniques that she has developed from her experience as an artist in residence in Taiwan, Japan, Tanzania, Indonesia, Nepal, Brazil, Thailand, China, England and the Philippines as well as at art centers and nature parks in the United States.

Metal for Book Artists
Taught by Holly Fouts
July 25-26, 2015 10am-4pm
Explore the wonders of working with metal as an alternative material in bookbinding. Core metalsmithing and jewelry skills are taught as a means to transform this raw material into a unique finished book. Learn how to accelerate the oxidation process and create an array of patinas to achieve dramatic results. The historic long stitch will be used to bind on a leather spine with metal covers. Students will complete one book, have process samples and make the core tools for creating future covers.

The Historic Book-Late Gothic Binding on Wooden Boards
Taught by Fran Kovac
July 30-August 2, 2015 10am-4pm
In the wake of the introduction of the printing press in the mid-15th century, bookbinders looked for ways to streamline the binding of the flood of new books being printed. The Late Gothic Binding on Wooden Boards was one of the structures developed in this turbulent period. In this four-day workshop, students will use a herringbone stitch to sew a textblock on double cords, sew silk endbands and shape, sand and attach the boards. Brass clasps will be made and attached and the spine will be covered with leather to recreate this historic binding. While some bookbinding experience is helpful and recommended, no experience is required for this class.

August Workshops

Marbling on Paper
Taught by Steve Pittelkow
August 1-2, 2015 10am-4pm
Learn every aspect of paper marbling! Steve Pittelkow, one of the country’s best known marbling artists, will walk you through basic and advanced patterns of historic and contemporary origin. You’ll leave the class with marbled papers, information and the experience needed to set up marbling in your studio, home or classroom.

Natural Dyes in Bookmaking
Taught by Anne Covell
August 8-9, 2015 10am-4pm
The Natural Dyes in Bookmaking workshop will focus on the processes for dyeing thread and flax case paper with natural dyes, followed by in-depth instruction on using these materials to create unique long and link stitch bindings. In addition to being taught step-by-step methods for dyeing materials by hand, students will also explore seemingly endless template variations possible with these bindings to create one-of-a-kind exposed spine stitching.

From Plants to Pages-A Garden Sampler Book
Taught by Kerri Cushman
August 8-9, 2015 10am-4pm
Book and paper artist Kerri Cushman teaches this experimental papermaking class that focuses on the use of natural plant fibers, such as milkweed, iris, day lily, hosta and carrot tops, to create conventional and unconventional papers. In the class, students will discover how to play with pulp and make useful paper with low-tech methods yielding high-end results. Interested in native species, gardening, ecology and art? This is the class for you!

All About the Bark-Unusual Techniques with Kozo and Color
Taught by Melissa Jay Craig
August 12-16, 2015 10am-4pm
Kozo fiber, the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree, is grown at the Morgan and makes beautiful, ethereal yet strong traditional papers and objects. It is also a fascinating material in and of itself. Its strands separate into luscious, lace-like patterns and it takes on a deep, vibrant color wonderfully; it can be cast over objects and layered for strength, pounded into heavy sheets, or used to make delicate bark drawings. Bark lace can be incorporated into collage and mixed media work with adhesives; it can be sewn to fabrics, other strong papers or to itself. Best of all, expensive equipment isn’t needed to work with the bark directly. Come and see for yourself in this individualized class where you will learn to process, dye, experiment and work with kozo bark in the nontraditional 2D and 3D applications.

Rust, Bleach, Burn & Stain-Surface Design Techniques on Paper
Taught by Clare Murray Adams
August 22-23, 2015 10am-4pm
Learn how to individualize the papers used for collage, drawing or printmaking with techniques that complement the beauty of good paper. Clare Murray Adams will teach you to create rust marks and bleach designs, burn and brand paper, and you will try your hand at staining processes that will leave each paper with a unique and personalized surface.

The Decorated Spine
Taught by Debra Eck
August 22-23, 2015 10am-4pm
Combine the craft of bookbinding with the aesthetics of traditional embroidery to create works of art! International artist Debra Eck will teach students three embroidered bindings, from the simple to the more complex. Demonstrations will take students through the process of translating simple cross stitch and embroidery patterns into a functional art binding. Each participant will leave with a complete set of binding diagrams created by the group and a finished sample of their own binding design.

Box Making with French Cartonnage Techniques-The Tea Caddy
Taught by Betsy Begue
August 29-30, 2015 10am-4pm
Students will have the opportunity to build a multi-compartmental Tea Caddy using the traditional French art of Cartonnage. Decorative paper, book board, trim and cartonnettes will be added for an elegant interior, and a hinged lid with a glass insert finishes off the box. Although this two-day workshop is an advanced structure, basic box making techniques are taught and practiced throughout the class.

What A Relief-An Exploration of Printmaking on Edge
Taught by Claudio Orso-Giacone
August 29-30, 2015 10am-4pm
The structure of this workshop is to challenge students to explore personal sketches through the stylistic lens of relief prints carved in Shina plywood, wax plates and other alternative materials. Bring ideas and sketches to class so they can be explored, deconstructed and reconstituted throughout this process. The etching presses, brayers, rubbing spoons, chisels, gouges, knives and electric tools will be creatively used to create unique prints. This workshop offers technical processes, access to equipment, constructive critique and an environment where exploration is the name of the game.

Advanced Western Papermaking
Taught by Mason Milani
August 29-30, 2015 10am-4pm
Students who have prior experience in papermaking have the opportunity to refine their technique in this two-day Advanced Western Papermaking class. Build upon your understanding of papermaking to explore the diversity of different paper fibers and the versatility of this process for limited edition works of art. Focus will be placed on using stencils, ready-mades and custom made copper ribbon layouts to create fine art editions in handmade paper. This workshop is for those who have taken our Introduction to Western Papermaking workshop or those who have equivalent experience.

September Workshops

Door, Drawers & Windows-Making an Interactive Paper House
Taught by Randi Parkhurst
September 3-6, 2015 10am-4pm
This fun and unique workshop will focus on the mechanics of doors, drawers and windows as an integral part of an interactive box structure. Working from excellent models and clear instructions, several techniques will be explored for making hinged doors, drawers that slide easily and windows made from unusual materials. These elements can hide and house words, objects, drawings, small books and more.

Your Slipcase is Showing
Taught by Cris Takacs
September 12, 2015 10am-4pm

A slipcase is a three-sided box made to cover and protect a book. Too often, slipcases supplied with commercial books are flimsy and the structures don’t hold up over time, earning them a bad reputation. But a well-built slipcase with wrapper can be as strong and protective as a clamshell box and offers another way to decorate a book. In this one-day workshop, students will construct their own slipcase with wrapper and learn variations on the structure such as the Solander box, the double box and the matchbox slipcase.

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