Spirit Papers: Mapping Place with Velma Bolyard
Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts
Date: April 11, 2015
Location: Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room, Portland, ME
Register on line at http://usm.maine.edu/bookarts or call (207)780-5900
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.
Velma Bolyard is a papermaker and fiber artist living in New York’s North Country. She teaches high school special education as well as fiber, paper, and book art workshops for all ages, and makes paper and fiber works at her home papermill, Wake Robin. Velma’s current project, Hortus Siccus, (Latin for dry garden or herbarium), is a documentation of dyed prints from plants in particular locations. She has taken this project to various places and taught students around North America and in Australia. Her artists’ books are in many collections.
Students are asked to bring the following: sketch book, pen, any plant materials from the list below that you can locate, 2 full sheets of Arches text wove, scissors, string, 20 large alligator clips
optional: any other sized watercolor papers no larger than 9 x 12 if you have them, rubber gloves, apron
Various plant matter: staghorn sumac “horns”, frozen flowers from summer/fall (calendula, viola, petunia), leaves from available houseplants or collected in fall maple, cherry, oak, etc., blueberries, lots of onion skins (yellow and red), apple and birch bark pieces, seaweeds – windfall collecting is most appropriate!
You will also want to bring your lunch, there is no easy place within walking distance.