PULP: Paper Arts Workshop is excited to be hosting Peace Paper in December 2016. Paper Artists and Art Therapists, Drew Matott and Annie McFarland from USA, will be facilitating workshops at PULP to explore papermaking as a therapeutic and creative medium.
'For two millennia, humankind has created paper by hand from old rags. Whatever the intention behind the paper, be it to represent wealth, to carry spirituality, or to convey messages, every fiber that goes into the making of paper has a story to tell.
The process of making paper is a direct manifestation of resilience, as it requires breaking something down in order to create something new and beautiful. Through direct collaboration with art therapists, Peace Paper brings papermaking to healing populations. From clinical settings to community art centres, we use paper as an expressive tool for coping with trauma.'
During this workshop, participants will transform a significant item, such as a loved one’s shirt, Grandma’s table cloth or old jeans into beautiful paper and watermarked paper art. On the second day, you will work on a larger scale, learning techniques of layering and pulp painting with coloured fibres and, if time allows, explore simple book forms with paper made the previous day.
This workshop will introduce artists, art therapists, care providers, educators and those who work within participatory art settings to the versatile and engaging process of papermaking. Through this activity we aim to demonstrate the ‘symbolic transformation’ and sharing of space and stories which occurs during the making process and, perhaps through further collaboration with PULP, professionals may continue to incorporate these techniques into their own practices with individuals, particularly where therapeutic, social and healing outcomes are desired.
This workshop launches a schedule of activities which promote community engagement with local support groups with the view to sharing skills and establishing creative links with PULP.
No previous experience of papermaking is required.
Sat 3rd + Sun 4th December 2016 (10am – 4pm)
£100 (inclusive of all materials)