Discover how working with paper as a sculptural element can inform your work. Create paper castings and paper objects using Kozo fiber. Students make paper pulp from Kozo fiber, form paper sheets, and build objects using two approaches: casting with wet paper sheets and folding with dried paper sheets. Kozo fiber makes thin paper that is strong, delicate and transparent. It holds subtle details and can be cast onto flexible materials such as clothing, creating a paper sarcophagus of the objects it cocoons.
Media & Techniques:
Students cook and beat Kozo bark (from the mulberry plant family) into pulp to make paper. Students build, and keep, their own molds and deckles for pulling paper sheets from wet pulp. Using this paper, students construct forms and build volumes using a medium typically associated with two-dimensional work
There are lectures, paper-making and fabrication demonstrations, one-on-one and group discussions, as well as self-directed studio time.
Angela Sprunger received her MFA in printmaking from Ohio University. Through an expanded printmaking practice of iteration, the multiple and objects, her work centers on the contested spaces of bodies. She teaches in Ohio University’s School of Art+Design and is the Assistant Director of the Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts.