Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Making yarn from paper

This past weekend, Aimee Lee, paper maker and artist gave us a wonderful workshop in the art of making paper thread. The group used Hanji paper, made from mulberry to twist this strong fiber into stands of strong paper thread. Sheets of colored Hanji paper was used to make collage from a age old tradition of "pasting" shapes and designs by wetting the paper with water and pounding the paper together. There was so much to learn. Everyone enjoyed the techniques and results from weaving the paper threads into a book cover for a small book to making skeins of paper thread to knit. Much fun was had by all class participants. Aimee Lee won a Fulbright Grant to study papermaking and weaving in Korea where she learned all these great skills. Aimee now lives in New York City and has been traveling to different art centers across the country sharing the art of Shifu. Aimee Lee will be teaching at Ashville Bookworks in two weeks.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! Remember that shifu is the loom technique, making actual woven cloth from paper. What I was teaching was jiseung (also called noyeokgae), paper weaving without equipment, which has a lot of connections to basketry. I had a great time meeting all of you and finally getting to visit Pyramid Atlantic!