North Country Shifu, teaching
Mar
29
to Mar 30

North Country Shifu, teaching

2-Day Workshop: North Country Shifu

March 29-30, 9am-5pm

$10 deposit/materials fee per participant.

Space is limited: Please RSVP with Naomi Velasquez at velanaom@isu.edu 208-282-3527

Community members, students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome!

Shifu is a spun and woven paper textile, a Japanese tradition born out of poverty and making-do. North Country Shifu is my take on that Japanese tradition, mixing my understanding of textile, paper, and book into objects that demand haptic exploration and enjoyment. In this two-day workshop you will process handmade kozo, lokta, or other similar papers into a thread, making kami-ito. You will build you own small loom, a stump loom, and thread and weave your kami-ito into a textile. We will explore ways of displaying and using your kami-ito and shifu, including book structures and other objects. You will leave the class with a passel of knowledge, new spinning and weaving skills, and ideas to put shifu into practice in your work.

Velma’s visit is funded by grants from the Cultural Events Committee and the Bistline Foundation. 



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Speaking of Shifu, lecture
Mar
28
4:00 PM16:00

Speaking of Shifu, lecture

Public Talk March 28th at 4:00pm

Shifu is a spun and woven paper textile, a Japanese tradition born out of poverty and making-do. North Country Shifu is my take on the Japanese tradition, mixing my understanding of textile, paper, and book into objects that demand haptic exploration and enjoyment.

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Aug
29
to Dec 12

Papermaking: A Sustainable Practice, teaching

Papermaking: A Sustainable Practice

Few of us think about this thing we use everyday: paper. This class will focus deeply on learning how to identify, evaluate, and harvest, plants appropriate to process into pulp and make paper. You'll be able to have an understanding of and ability to evaluate plants for paper forming using both Eastern and Western traditional methods. We will make paper from indigenous local and cultivated plants and plant fibers from other sources, including, perhaps an old T-shirt or your worn out cotton work clothes. This course is taught by Prof. Velma Bolyard.

Fall 2018 course being taught at St. Lawrence University 

 

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May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Paper & Book Intensive, teaching

Paper and Book Inten­sive is an annual work­ing sab­bat­i­cal in the book arts, paper­mak­ing, and con­ser­va­tion for sea­soned prac­ti­tion­ers and moti­vated begin­ners. For more than thirty years, par­tic­i­pants have gath­ered together from around the world for two weeks of daily work­shops to pro­mote unusual lev­els of exchange, knowl­edge and inspi­ra­tion.


SESSION ONE: Paper Threads: North Country Shifu

Shifu is a web of threads spun from paper and woven into cloth. This weaving tradition emerged from rural Japan in the early 1600’s simultaneously with the proliferation and popularity of handmade paper. Cloths were woven for both rustic or everyday use and for very fine textiles, often kimono. Shifu clothing exhibits many of the characteristics of washi; it can be both a cool fabric for summer wear or, when spun and woven thickly, a warm cold weather textile. In this class, we’ll explore the beautiful technique of spinning a continuous thread called kami-ito from a sheet of handmade, long fibered paper. We’ll then use our threads to weave shifu on small looms we make, to stitch on other papers, and to use in other fiber techniques. Working in the paper studio, we’ll make papers that complement our kami-itoand shifu, combining pulp, page, and line.

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Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Puget Sound Book Arts, roundtable discussion

  • Collins Memorial Library The University of Puget Sound (map)
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Velma Bolyard is a fiber, paper and book artist working with mostly locally gathered materials for textile, paper, and book making. She recently retired from 25 years of teaching special education in alternative public school settings. Her passion is to make art that explores environment and the connection to place, and teach others technique to inspire them to push their own work. Currently she is exploring the properties and personality of flax/linen and milkweed and is working on a larger project, Hortus Siccus about plants and place.   She writes a blog, Wake Robin www.velmaboyard.com  about her work and life.  Velma will discuss her work as a paper maker and artist and share examples of her work.

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North Country Shifu, teaching
Jul
8
to Jul 9

North Country Shifu, teaching

  • University of Washington Odegaard Undergraduate Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Why would one take a perfectly beautiful piece of paper, and cut it up in order to spin the strip into a thread
to weave into cloth? North Country Shifu will introduce you to shifu making, answering this question.You will learn how to prepare a piece of appropriate handmade paper for spinning, spin it into thread (kami-ito), fabricatea simple loom, and needle weave your kami-ito into shifu. Shifu is defined as a spun and woven paper textile, in which at least the weft (but sometimes also the warp) of the textile is made with paper.This textile technique was developed in rural Japan as a way to make a warm cloth. From that humble beginning it has been refined into exquisite textiles often viewed as art. In our class, you can expect to work a bit with color as well, making marks on papers that will be spun up into secret-keeping textiles.

Spinning and weaving paper is a unique experience for both paper and textile artists, facilitating crossover and encouraging new thinking and making in both fiber and book arts.This class is open to students of all levels, although having previous spinning experience will be helpful.

Velma Bolyard is a papermaker and fiber artist. Her current body of work includes botanical handmade paper, shifu, contact printing, and artists’ books.Velma travels, attends residencies, and teaches, across North America and Australia. Her work is deeply influenced by the isolated and rural North Country of NewYork where she has lived most of her life.Velmahas written on shifu for the Summer 2017 issue of Hand Papermaking magazine. To learn more aboutVelma visit www.velmabolyard.com. 

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North Country Shifu, lecture
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

North Country Shifu, lecture

  • University of Washington Odegaard Undergraduate Library (map)
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Velma will discuss her journey into the gentle art of shifu: spinning and weaving paper thread. Shifu is made from fine handmade paper, traditionally kozo fiber, that is folded and cut into narrow continuous strips, spun into thread called kami-ito and woven into cloth. The technique can be adapted to applications bridging the textile, paper and book arts. To accompany her presentation, Velma will bring a plethora of samples, including artists’ books and textiles.

Velma Bolyard is a papermaker, fiber, and book artist living in New York’s North Country near the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Velma’s work explores a rich connection to the land in her adopted home, sourcing much of her resources directly from the land. Her work has taken her across the USA and to Australia to teach and exhibit, and her books are held in many collections. In addition artist’s books, Velma produces botanical and contact printed papers used by printers and bookbinders. She also specializes in making shifu, about which she has written for the Summer 2017 issue of Hand Papermaking magazine. Her work can be seen at www.velmabolyard.com.

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Paper Manipulations, teaching
Mar
19
to Mar 20

Paper Manipulations, teaching

Experience a multitude of paper manipulations using handmade paper and forming thread. Make joomchi, spin, weave, spin words, keep group notes and make experimental pieces. These will be bound into a concertina sample book, covered with a stationer’s binding. Ideas for how to make the fibres in paper magic your own stories. — The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria - Geelong Branch

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North Country Shifu, teaching
Mar
12
to Mar 13

North Country Shifu, teaching

  • Stables Studio Coopers Settlement (map)
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Velma is a papermaker and fibre artist from New York State.  Her work is influenced by the isolated and rural North Country where she lives.  In this two day workshop you will experiment with spinning and weaving papers on small looms to create four selvedge cloths.  You will make a book with Iowa Case Paper to hold samples.  Expect to try a number of colouring techniques as well as learn to simplify and sharpen your technical skills as you bring your ideas into the haptic experience of creating story.  You will bring words, papers, colour, thought, stitch and weave together into personal and class-wide narratives that serve as a map of your learning. — Papermakers of Victoria




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Sep
12
9:00 AM09:00

Papermaking, teaching

Sustainability House

Arts Across The Curriculum
Presented By
Arts Collaborative

POETRY GARDEN

Papermaking Workshops with Velma Bolyard of Wake Robin
Saturday, September 12th
9:00am – 1:00pm
Sustainability Semester

Each participant will make handmade papers from the plant pulps. Waterproof footwear and an apron would help keep you clean and dry!

Making botanical papers for writing poems on, poems will be planted in the fall for spring 2016 bloom at the SLU's Sustainability Semester Farmhouse.

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Sep
5
9:00 AM09:00

Papermaking, teaching

Sustainability House

Arts Across The Curriculum
Presented By
Arts Collaborative

POETRY GARDEN

Papermaking Workshops with Velma Bolyard of Wake Robin
Saturday, September 5th
9:00am – 1:00pm
Sustainability Semester

Each participant will make handmade papers from the plant pulps. Waterproof footwear and an apron would help keep you clean and dry!

Making botanical papers for writing poems on, poems will be planted in the fall for spring 2016 bloom at the SLU's Sustainability Semester Farmhouse.

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Jul
13
to Jul 17

In the Ecotone, North Country Shifu, teaching

Join us to learn the traditional Japanese art of Shifu, a spun and woven paper textile. You will experience all aspects of the process, from working with sheets of handmade paper to a finished small weaving. Expect to be very focused as you slice a large sheet of kozo or lokta handmade paper into one continuous strip, which you will then spin into a yarn. You will learn how to make a variety of different yarns, and how to spin the yarns using both wet and dry techniques. After constructing a simple loom from repurposed materials, you will use your thread to weave a textile.

We will prepare dye baths to experiment and explore ways of dyeing your cloth using various techniques. During free moments you will learn a variety of simple book structures, one of which will showcase your workshop samples and thoughts.

This will be an experimental class, with emphasis on developing appropriate spinning, weaving and dyeing skills to enhance your textile/book art practice.

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Apr
11
10:00 AM10:00

Spirit Papers: Mapping Place, teaching

  • Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this one-day intensive we will explore the art of the eco- or contact print, on paper. Students will learn the basics of creating prints using the flora available in their ecosystem, essentially making a map of the plants inhabiting this particular place on the east coast. Each student will prepare bundles for the dyepot, using found metals and local waters for mordanting. The resulting prints will describe place and we’ll discuss the possibilities of how to use these printed papers in book arts and further printing processes.

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In the Ecotone: North Country Shifu, teaching
Aug
9
to Aug 11

In the Ecotone: North Country Shifu, teaching

  • Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Explore the traditional Japanese art of shifu, a spun and woven paper textile, both a quiet and meditative art.

Why make shifu?
Shifu provides a crossover between textile, paper and book. Traditionally shifu was a warm and cheap cloth to layer in a land without wool. Farmers who made paper as a winter crop had it ready to make up into thread for weaving. Because of the labor intensive steps of this process shifu became a textile craft that soon elevated to an art form.
You will learn all aspects of the process, from paper to finished small weavings. Beginning with a large sheet of lokta or kozo paper the process moves through preparing and spinning paper into thread or yarn, wet or dry for comparison, to ultimately weaving the threads on a simple loom that each student creates from repurposed materials. We will explore a variety of ways to use shifu as a modern textile and book arts material. During free moments, a bouquet of simple book structures will be taught, one of which can showcase each student’s workshop samples and thoughts. Students may bring a spinning wheel with light tensioning or a drop spindle. — Long Ridge Farm, Westmoreland, New Hampshire



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