Spring One-Week Session 2

Spring One-Week Session II
April 5-11, 2020

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Books & Paper Spring One-Week Session II
April 5-11, 2020
Frank Brannon
Paper of Place

How was paper first made where you live (or in your place of origin), and who made that paper? In this workshop, we’ll intertwine the process of hand papermaking with an understanding of its wide-ranging history. Through readings and some pre-workshop study of a place you know well, you’ll also gain an understanding of that location (and maybe of yourself) by learning how paper was made there. At the same time, we’ll practice the craft ourselves. We’ll process fiber from tree bark (mostly mulberry) by soaking, stripping, scraping, cooking, and beating, we’ll use Western techniques to make it into sheets.  All levels. Code S02PM

Book artist, owner of SpeakEasy Press, educator at Northern Virginia Community College; other teaching: Paper & Book Intensive (MI), University of Alabama, Western Carolina University, Kennesaw State University (GA); collections: American Antiquarian Society (MA), British Library, Emory University (GA), Sequoyah Birthplace Museum (TN), Vanderbilt University (TN).


Frank Brannon, "Portal," hand-beaten mulberry (kozo), methyl cellulose, 28 x 18 x 84 inches
Textiles Spring One-Week Session II
April 5-11, 2020
Wayne Wichern
Felt & Straw Hats: Traditional Blocked & Freeform

We’ll create felt and straw hats using traditional hat blocks and freeform blocking methods. We’ll form, sculpt, and mold onto wooden hat blocks to create classic hat shapes and freeform, eccentric, sculptural hats. Traditional finishing and embellishment techniques will include hand-sewn and machine-sewn welts, bias binding, and petersham ribbon bindings. Our fanciful hats will be completed with millinery ribbons, flowers, silk fabrics, horsehair, straw braids, and other trimmings. Students can expect to create four or more hats. Machine or hand sewing skills will be helpful, but the workshop is open to all levels. NOTE: Textiles workshops are taught in walk-up studios accessible by a stair lift. Code S02TB

Millinery designer and teacher; teaching: Peters Valley (NJ), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cañada College (CA), Millinery Meet-Up (TN), Penland; exhibitions: Museum of History & Industry (Seattle), Peninsula Museum of Art (CA); collections: de Young Museum (San Francisco), Museum of History and Industry; founding member of the Millinery Artisan Guild.


Wayne Wichern, "Paris Topper," parisisal straw, silk sash/bow, veiling, silk/organza rose, grosgrain ribbon, 10 x 10 x 10 inches
Wood Spring One-Week Session II
April 5-11, 2020
Jenna Goldberg
The Art of the Bandsaw Box

Bandsaw boxes are a simple way to make wooden box structures without the burden of complicated joinery. Students will learn the basics of how to cut, glue, and manipulate wood. We’ll also explore simple surface treatments including image transfers, color and painting techniques, texturing, and surface carving. We’ll cover the safe use of machinery and how to sharpen chisels and carving tools. Personal exploration of form, surface, and imagery will be encouraged. All levels. Code S02W

Studio artist and teacher at Rhode Island School of Design; other teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO), Penland; residencies: Anderson Ranch, San Diego State University (CA); collections: Renwick Gallery (DC), Mint Museum (NC).


Jenna Goldberg, "Green Box with Trays," painted and carved basswood, screenprinted interior, 5 x 26 x 7 inches