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Papermaking with Plants and Natural Dyes

June 10, 2023 @ 10:00 am - June 11, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

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Learn how to make paper using local plant fibers, dye your paper with natural dyes, and make handmade books in this 2-day intensive.

Learn how to make paper using local plant fibers, dye your paper with natural dyes, and use your handmade paper to make handmade books. Book and paper lovers alike will enjoy this immersion of creative processes.


Day 1: Saturday, June 10 10am – 5pm

Day 2: Sunday, June 11 10am- 5pm

Day One: Expect a hands on sheet making journey with local plant fibers. Learn how to identify and harvest plants for hand papermaking. Learn how to process, pulp, press, create sheets and dry textured papers, learn to create formation aids, the vocabulary – learn processes that can be recreated at home with simple equipment. Expect to learn about inclusions, overlays, natural dyes and have access to natural dye vats including indigo grown by the instructor. Build a supply of paper for printing, drawing, writing and book arts or create imagery using fresh pulp and creative techniques. Day one involves cooking down plant ingredients, pounding fibers to make pulps and mixing pulps with ingredients to pull and couch beautiful sheets of paper using the mold and deckle box.

Day Two: You’ll learn how to dye paper with indigo, turmeric root, yellow root, hibiscus, black walnut, chestnut, add natural plant colorants and inclusions and in pulps made from a variety of plant material. Learn about paper sizing both internally and applied to laid sheets, watermarks, pulp pouring, and painting to make your own mold and deckle. Leave this workshop with the knowledge to create paper at home, a portfolio of different paper examples, and two handmade books using two styles of Japanese side binding stitch.

Instructor: Catherine Cross Tsintzos

Catherine Cross Tsintzos is an artist who uses her knowledge and experience with her practice to create within the realms of both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary components for outcomes that focus on environmental and social issues, traditional fine craft and sustainability. She has a clear purpose in building and crossing bridges among the arts with a deep focus and balance between artistic practice, teaching, activism and invitation for participation.

Catherine has spent her life’s work developing arts curriculum and arts education opportunities for all ages, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds in all mediums of the visual arts in the Southeast United States. She is honored to have solid experiences rooted in museum education, rural advancement, non-profit arts organizations and community outreach and organization.

Website: www.catherinecrosstsintzos.com

Instagram: @days_creating


June 10, 2023 @ 10:00 am
June 11, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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Piedmont Fibershed
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Down Yonder Farm
811 Lipscomb Grove Church Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Hillsborough, NC 27278 US
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