Flax (or linen) has been used as a papermaking fibre in some of the earliest examples of true papermaking. It offers beautiful ranges of colour and texture. Join us in an open format exploration of the fibre. Flax from Belgium and Saskatchewan will both be available. Pull traditional sheets using our European style moulds and deckles or experiment using the Nepalese style deckle box. Play on the vacuum table for shaped sheets. Flax paper is strong and flexible which is great for bookbinding, letter writing or to use in sculptural work. Flax will be provided in its natural form but pigments will be available for colouring upon request.
Prerequisite: Some experience in papermaking is recommended but not required.
Instructor: Emily Cook or Flora Shum
Open Sessions are designed as a casual setting in which the setup has been done by Paperhouse Studio staff. While support is provided they are not a replacement for the more formalized classes and workshops. Instead they are meant to act as an opportunity to play using some of the techniques you learned in a previous class or as a taster to see if you would like to take a formal class. Some assistance will be provided but participants will be expected to work independently for the majority of the class. Materials are included in the price.