Papermaking Workshop in Taos with Lynn Sures

Montserrat, a pulp painting by Lynn Sures.

Papermaking is an ancient art, well over 2,000 years old. This is your chance to experience making paper starting with beating fibers as the earliest papermakers did and proceed all the way to contemporary methods by spraying finely beaten pulp with an air compressor! You will make your own sheets of paper in the most primitive and most advanced processes with expert Lynn Sures from the Washington, DC, area. The workshop will include preparing several types of natural pulp fibers—including hand-beating kozo pulp, pigmenting abaca and flax pulp, and creating 5’x6’ collaborative (and individual) pulp painting. Participants will also have the opportunity to produce personal smaller sheets of handmade paper and pulp paintings on Himalayan-style molds. On the final day, Sunday October 29, workshop participants will install work for the afternoon event in the Stables Art Gallery and take part in a group presentation/demonstration of their work there beginning at 3:30 pm, followed by a closing reception and celebration for Paper Paper Paper! in the Encore Gallery from 4:30-6 pm.

Thursday, October 26, through Sunday, October 29, 2017 9 am to 5 pm. Workshop includes a public discussion, exhibition of work, and reception in the Stables Art Gallery, 133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571.

Workshop Fees for the four-day workshop: $395 for Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) members, $425 for non-members. The fee includes all supplies and equipment. The workshop will be limited to 12 participants. To register contact the TCA at (575) 758-2052.

Guest Artist-in-Residence:
Lynn Sures is Professor Emerita and former Chair of Fine Arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in drawing, printmaking, papermaking, ceramic sculpture, encaustic painting, artists’ books, and forged steel. Her pulp paintings, prints, and sculptural paperworks have been written about in Art in America, Fiberarts, and Hand Papermaking; her artist books appear in Penland Book of Handmade Books and 500 Artist Books. She has traveled within the US and to Italy, Japan, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Turkey to exhibit, lecture, and offer workshops on hand papermaking. Lynn lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. She was recently awarded an Artist’s Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution for research in Washington, DC, and Kenya. Lynn is pursuing her longtime interest in “geology, anthropology, and physics that guide my lifelong curiosity in time perception, evolutionary development, capacity for change with both poetic and philosophical internalization of what I observe or uncover.”