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Islamic World Hand Papermaking Workshop with Radha Pandey
May 22, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm| 125-150
NOW FULL. ACCEPTING WAIT LIST NAMES VIA THE LINK BELOW.
WE ARE TAKING 6 OBSERVERS FOR THE INTRODUCTION AND DEMONSTRATION PORTION VIA THE REGISTRATION LINK. Observers are to arrive promptly at 10:00 AM. A $5-$10 donation is suggested.
Despite its 1200-year history, Islamic world, or Arab-style, papermaking techniques are not well understood in the West. Radha Pandey is one of very few contemporary handpapermakers researching this unusual craft and the critical link it holds with the history of the book and paper as we know it today. Found out more about what makes this technique unique on our blog.
In this one-day intensive workshop, students will experience Islamic papermaking first hand and gain insight into the history and culture behind these beautifully multicolored, smooth, burnished sheets. Learning to dye dried sheets, apply surface sizing, and burnishing, participants will take home a selection of authentic Islamic papers made during the workshop. All necessary materials and supplies are provided.
Registration is now full (as of May 2) but we are accepting sign ups for a waiting list at www.phillysoapbox.org/register-for-workshops. Discounts for early registration (by May 1) and Soapbox members. Early registration prices are $135/$125 (general/member), after which prices will be $150/$135 (general/member). Don’t miss this unique opportunity, limited to 8 participants. This workshop will be hosted by paperTHINKtank, at The Loom studios (see below).
Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer from New Delhi, India. She earned an MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2014. As part of her studies, she traveled to investigate Islamic papermaking techniques in India between 2012-14, and has since undertaken her own research on the essential tools of Islamic-style papermaking including moulds and chapri (flexible mould surface) weaving. Her expertise also includes traditional textile hand-printing in India, and stop-motion animations in paper. Her artists books are held in 19 public collections including the Library of Congress and Yale University. Currently Radha is the Studio Coordinator at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH, where she is developing Islamic-style papers for applications in book arts and conservation.