In Eastern spiritual practices, handmade paper is believed to be imbued with mystical and healing properties. It is in this spirit that you will create paper art, inspired by tales of the paper road in Tibet, Japan, Hong Kong, the Yukon, Zimbabwe, and Big Sur. Learn to make a simple piece of paper and offer it to the sky. Give free reign to your artist-soul within a medium that, as you practice it, guides you into deeper creation.
Big Sur holds a world of natural fiber just waiting to be harvested, boiled, pounded, and made into paper art. Consider using paper to make three-dimensional sculptures to be placed in the landscape as an installation or altar. Move with your work as a sacred object in a site-specific performance improvised or choreographed for the class. Bring a notebook for your paper samples, and to keep a record of each process you’ve explored. Also bring natural objects of meaning to you such as shells, bone, wood, semi-precious stones, and other treasures such as lace, photographs, and letters to embed in the wet pulp, as well as your favorite art supplies, and a camera to document your work. All levels of experience welcome. You will assemble your own mould and deckle and leave with the equipment to set up your own paper-making studio.
($60 materials fee paid directly to the leader)