Hand papermaking’s tactile, experimental nature lends itself to applications in a variety of settings. The possibilities are seemingly infinite with potential for sculpture, wet media, book arts, and drawing (just to name a few).
At Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, art therapy students are sharing papermaking with the community through their outreach programs. Click through for the full story!
One reason people choose to make paper by hand is the ability to customize your paper for each project. You may have already considered shifting variables like color, weight, texture, and size, but you can also change the shape of your paper.
Think outside of the traditional rectangular deckle with your own, handmade shaped deckle. Using just some foam core and a bit of tape, you’ll be able to explore new possibilities in your work with your own custom deckle.
Not only can you creature uniquely shaped sheets of paper with your existing mould and a new custom deckle, but you can even make multiple sheets of paper with a single vat pull! Click through to learn more.
Lindsey Beal, The Venus Series: Figure #2, Ambrotype (wet plate collodion on black glass); 3.25″ x 4″; 2010
Hand papermaking’s versatility as an artistic medium makes it an area without defined edges. Combination with other art processes have only just begun being explored. Let’s look at how alternative, or historical, photographic processes and handmade paper can intersect.
Lindsey Beal is an artist, educator, and dear friend of mine, who generously answered a few questions about her work, experience, and thoughts on hand papermaking and photography.