Friday, February 11, 2011

The Joy of Papermaking

I've been away from teaching formal papermaking classes for awhile and almost forgot why I did it. After years of giving classes at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Islip Arts Museum and many other places I would periodically take a break from lugging vats and equipment, bucketing water and massive cleanups but somehow I always returned.

I just began teaching a series of classes,- beginner, intermediate and advanced - 8 in all - at the Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head. I realize I'm drawn by the miracle of creating a simple sheet of paper from seemingly simple materials. The process never ceases to impress me and I'm so grateful that I have the knowledge to do this... a secret gift from nature.

The first class - everyone is either smiling, intensely thinking or never looking up... just so busy

Creative juices flowing.......

Full attention and determination to make some beautiful paper....

However... it was the little squeals and gasps as each made their first sheet of paper, and smiles... and child-like joy....... now I remember.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for sending me your blog address. I was just thinking about the classes you taught at the Bayard Arboritium. I so enjoyed making paper.

    Miss seeing your smiling face. Wish we didn't live so far apart.

    Peace and love,

    (Former Ronkonkoma resident)