Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Watermarks Conference 2012 : Cleveland, Ohio

This year the Watermarks FDH and IAPMA joint conference was held in Cleveland, Ohio. It was great seeing all the people I had seen two years ago at the 2010 FDH conference at Arrowmont in Tennessee. This year Tim encouraged me to present my findings from my research trip to Sanganer. I decided to do a comparison to a few papermills in India. Starting with Gandhi Ashrams to Auroville Papers to Mohammed Hussain Kagzi in Sanagner. It was very well received and people were very interested in supporting the traditional papermakers.
This post has photos from the presentation as well as photos of the various demonstrations that took place at the action-packed conference.

The demos I went for were held at the Morgan Conservatory. A huge warehouse-type building, fully equipped with all sorts of papermaking equipment. They have also recently added letterpress printing and bookbinding.

Winsome Jobling's demo. There were so many people that it was hard to see. Luckily there was this mirror ball on the ceiling that made is possible to see everything that was going on - well, sort of.

Her demo was on watermaking using all sorts of materials to create marks in paper.

Large dyed handmade papers hanging from the ceiling.

She uses alot of found fabrics and underwear - which she gets from goodwill. This piece has 4 colours. A very skilled series of dips into different vats of pulp. The vats have pulp, water and a very small amount of formation aid.

Here's a plastic doily that she used to make this watermark. Just a guess, but the white was likely the last layer.

And Catherine's amazing encaustic presentation! She got everyone from uiowa enthused about encaustic.
Hopefully we will have her over for a workshop next year sometime!

The elevator at Tom Balbo Galleries. A huge freight elevator, the interior of which was designed by Julie Mclaughlin. It had crazy objects inside, including a couch you could sit on for the ride all the way up to the fifth floor.

This is the 4th floor.

This is the 2nd floor.

This might be the 4th floor again.

The 2nd floor. Bizarre collections of rare objects strewn all over. Quite amazing!

The basement.

Tom Balbo's 3-dimensional pulp paintings.

Timothy Moore's mould weaving demo was at Tom Balbo Galleries. This is what he uses to weave the laid mould surfaces. If you order a mould from him now, you would be in a waiting list 2 years long.

The wire straightener he uses to straighten all those wires before weaving them.

Korean Hanji used to make this beautiful piece

I still wonder how she made all these tiny holes. The shadow it cast was amazing.

Peter Thomas running the tiniest beater ever and dyeing the pulp with wine!

Presentation time!

It was pretty nerve wracking

Relief!!! I was SO glad when it was over!

And when we came back, fall had really set in

The tree outside North Hall. 

It has beautiful pink and white flowers in the spring.

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