Speaking of Shifu, public talk
Mar
28
4:00 PM16:00

Speaking of Shifu, public talk

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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North Country Shifu, d-day workshop
Mar
29
to Mar 30

North Country Shifu, d-day workshop

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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Aug
29
to Dec 12

Papermaking: A Sustainable Practice

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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