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Papermaking With Natural Dyes


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
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With Radha Pandey

$650 [Includes $150 lab fee] class limit 12. May 31, Jun 1, 2, 3, 2018 (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

Radha Pandey combines traditional papermaking with the art of natural dyeing to create some of the most beautiful sheets of paper imaginable.

In this four-day workshop, students will learn the history and technique of a style of papermaking that has remained largely unchanged since the 8th century CE. This method, practised in the Islamicate lands, links papermaking traditions of the East with those of the West.

Students will learn how traditional fibres used in Indo-Islamic papermaking are prepared, and how materials and tools were adapted through time.

Students will work in pairs mordanting cotton, abaca, and hemp fibres before dyeing them with a variety of natural dyes. The fibres will be formed into sheets of paper using traditional techniques. Finished papers will be further dyed, sized, and burnished by hand to a high shine. Everyone will leave with a gorgeous sampling of papers displaying the wide range of possibilities of this ancient technique. No prior papermaking experience is necessary.

Radha joins us from Iowa City. She will be assisted by fellow papermaker and artist Johan Solberg.

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About Radha Pandey

Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where she studied letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking with a focus on Western, Eastern, and Islamic Papermaking techniques.

In 2012-14 she travelled to investigate Islamic world papermaking techniques in India, and has since undertaken her own research on the essential tools of Islamic papermaking.

Her artist’s books are held in numerous public collections in the United States and abroad. Currently, Radha is working on an artist book that explores the perception of the colour white.

Radha joins us from Iowa City, U.S.A.

Earlier Event: May 23
Vintage Hand-Sewing Techniques
Later Event: June 1
Banjara Stitches