during the first four days of PBI, a student takes two classes. one is offered in the mornings for four days, and the other in the afternoon. the first week I took "the nature of the surface" with Ann Marie Kennedy, and paste papers with Michael Burke.
for some reason, every morning i found myself making paper. it was like that talking heads song: how did i end up here? people kept calling the class "papermaking" and i wondered what i was thinking when i signed up. after two days we got to the surface design part, and then i remembered why i was there. i wanted to work on the surface, i just didn't realize we'd have to make paper from scratch to begin. in the end, i dyed a lot of my own paper and bought some unsized paper to continue doing it at home.
paste papers was in the afternoon, and i really enjoyed that. michael was really great to work with. here he is making some precisely lined paper. we didn't use measurements for any of our papers, but he wanted to show us how to do it if we wanted.
very straight lines:
he has decided he doesn't like it and is just about to crmple it up and pitch it to eileen. at the time we had no idea why she was standing there with the bat.
the classes paste papers drying. there was also a cool drying rack, but we filled it to capacity.
someone made a book on the paste papers for the auction at the end of PBI. the auction creates an endowment for scholarships and supplies.
my classmates paper:
i didn't photograph mine yet. i was thinking of scanning it, but the scanner is not working. we began making paste papers by trying to duplicate the work of 17c nuns. at first we weren't too keen on the restrictions, but by the end everyone wanted to make even more historical papers. the last couple of days we did whatever we wanted. for the historical papers, a few of us carved wallpaper seam brayers (wooden) to create a repeating design. i was one of the two people that did it for the afternoon class. i was really happy with how it turned out, so i should photograph that too. as it is, i've been editing this post for days, so i should just publish it already!