Creativity involves options-discovery, exploration and curiosity. As we become exposed to a new technique or medium, it is a time for questioning: why we work the way we do, why we are attracted to a certain form, line, or design and why we start designing with the function, shape or color in mind.
Wabi-sabi, the quintessential Japanese aesthetic, the beauty of things modest and humble, is the thread that weaves through our creative process. You will design and build sculptural forms using natural materials foraged from the environs of northern New Mexico. The sculptural forms can be functional or non-functional. You will focus on how to make Japanese-style paper, learn various tying techniques using waxed linen thread and how to build form using natural materials such as willow and tamarisk.
The course begins with making paper, washi from kozo, the bark of the paper mulberry. For centuries kozo has been a highly regarded Asian fiber used in the paper arts. During the first days, we will begin with a short walk collecting plant material that we will add to the pulp fiber to create interesting textural effects in the paper. The following days will be spent exploring the infinite possibilities of sculpture form.
When: March 12 – 18, 2012
Where: Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM 87510
Time: 9am – 4 pm
Website/Blog Address: www.mallegni.com
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