The Versatility of Flax – Radha Pandey
July 31 - August 4| $750
July 31-August 4
Tuition: $750 ($700 members)
Lab fee: $50
Class limit: 6
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In this class, students will learn all about flax fiber and the multitude of ways in which it can be used in papermaking. Traditionally, flax—a bast fiber—is used commercially to produce linen cloth. This incredibly strong and versatile fiber has been used to make paper since the 8th century CE.
Flax changes in texture, color, and translucency depending on how long it is processed. We will explore its wide range of properties from start to finish and make thick, opaque sheets, suitable for book covers, as well and thin and translucent sheets for printmaking and/or sculptural applications. Students will have the option to learn basic armature building to explore sculptural techniques using this resilient fiber.
Radha came to WSW to produce Taxonomy of Shapes, an artist’s book and to teach in our Art-in-Ed program. Over the course of her ten weeks in the studio, I became aware that everyone was going to her for technical advice, because she has deep knowledge and was so good at explaining the processes.
Register now by making a non-refundable $300 deposit.
Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied Letterpress printing, Bookbinding, and Papermaking with a focus on Western, Eastern and Islamic Papermaking techniques. In 2012-14 she traveled to investigate papermaking techniques in India, and has since undertaken her own research on the essential tools of Asian papermaking. Her artists’ books are held in 25 public collections including the Library of Congress and Yale University. radhapandey.blogspot.com