Catalog 2013-2014

Topics in Humanities: Papermaking/Book Arts in Place

  • Semester: Fall
  • Course Number: HM271A
  • Instructors: Leland Peterson
  • Credit: 2

Course Description

This special topics course will examine the place of papermaking in an increasingly paperless (and placeless) culture.   The creation of handmade paper from a variety of locally gathered materials is central to this course, which will be rounded out by ancillary forays into papermaking’s history, traditions, underlying science, and artistic possibilities. Students will learn the techniques involved with papermaking: Including pulp preparation, basic sheet formation, coloring, sizing, pressing and drying. The course will also focus on the construction of artists’ books. Learning various binding techniques will allow students to design and create a short artist’s book illustrating their concept of place.