Workshop: Mary Hark & the Art of Papermaking

Information supplied by Lyndal Thorne, Burnie Arts Council Inc.

We (Burnie Arts Council) will be running another specialised papermaking workshop alongside paper on skin on the weekend of the 20 and 21 of June, 2020.

We are thrilled to announce that Professor Mary Hark from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be heading to Burnie to facilitate Mary Hark and the Art of Papermaking.

Mary will explore the vast potential of handmade paper looking at different fibres and processing techniques – from ‘ephemeral translucent papers to papers that are as hard as wood and as smooth as glass.’

The workshop will include the opportunity to pull sheets of paper with instruction from Mary about building textures including the use of string grids, embedment’s and the covering of simple structural forms with thin skins of translucent papers.

Participants will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of the creative possibilities of the use of handmade paper in art & design and a firm understanding of the technical processes necessary for producing high quality paper – including how to set up a simple papermaking studio at home or in a classroom.

Mary is an experienced and generous teacher with a fascinating professional legacy.  When we asked Mary to send through her CV a 25-page document arrived!  We savoured every word.  A university lecturer (now Professor) with a strong research background, Mary has also initiated many collaborative community projects and has a string of exhibition credits across the USA.  She describes her teaching style as one which ‘honours the individual student… respects the discipline’s traditions and makes room for the unexpected.’

In the late 2000’s a Fulbright Senior Research Award provided her with the opportunity to work in Sub-Saharan Africa.  This has led to the creation of the Ghana Paper Project – a sustainable papermaking enterprise which provides training and employment for the local communities.

Above: Mary tutoring in Bolgatanna (image supplied by the artist).
Click here to read more about the Ghana Paper Project.

And the good news doesn’t stop there.  Burnie Arts Council were successful in applying for a Regional Arts Fund grant which will provide a limited number of subsidised places to the workshop.  The full cost for the workshop is $270, but if you are quick to register you will receive a $70 subsidy taking the cost down to just $200.

Registrations will not open until the new year. The information here is a heads-up so you can slot this fabulous opportunity into your planning for 2020.  Best way to keep informed is to join the paper on skin mailing list via our website. Also keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Mary Hark and the Art of Papermaking is a project assisted through Arts Tasmania and by the Minister for the Arts, and also through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

Click here to visit Mary’s website to learn more about her, and watch this short interview below.

Text supplied by Burnie Arts Council
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About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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