Enrich your furniture making skill set through this highly unique weeklong workshop that explores the use of paper as a diverse, malleable lightweight sculptural material. We build and illuminate a form using a variety of methods. Students construct armatures using natural materials and cover them with paper skins. We make paper laminate with an internal wire structure that can be manipulated into three-dimensional forms, build wooden panels resembling Japanese shoji screens, and apply paper to the resulting flat surfaces. Throughout our explorations we examine ways to enhance the luminosity of a variety of Eastern and Western decorative papers through cutting, folding, weaving and layering. We also explore the integration of electrical parts to illuminate our sculptures.
Media & Techniques:
Students use basic hand tools (drills, hand saws and other wood tools as experience allows) to build armatures. Paper is the main focus as we begin by constructing sculptural forms using only the shape of the paper and glue.
The instructor presents slides and examples of techniques to be explored throughout the week. We spend part of each day learning new techniques while working together in a step-by-step fashion. Instructor and group discussions are a vital part of this class.
Helen Hiebert constructs installations, sculptures, films, artists’ books and works on paper using paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally, and she is the author of the books Playing With Pop-Ups, Playing With Paper, Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Paper Illuminated. She lives and works in Colorado.