Paper Genome Project: Making Paper from Local and Invasive Species

April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
AS220 Printshop
Lucie Way
Providence, RI 02903
Brian Whitney


Saturday April 22; 10am-4pm. Sat/Sun April 29/30; 10am-2pm

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This class will explore and utilize locally collected plant fibers to make paper using a combination of traditional Japanese and Western techniques.

Students will experience and participate in the entire paper making process, from with the initial collection of plants along shoreline zones around Providence, all the way to the formation of individual sheets.

Every student will leave with multiple sheets of paper and the knowledge of exploratory paper making techniques. There will also be an opportunity to show work made on or using this paper in an exhibit at AS220 as a part of a grant for the project given by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Instructor Info:

Kate Aitchison is an artist focusing on print and paper media whose work revolves around connections between art and conservation, and human impact in the natural landscape. In 2016 she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with her MFA in Printmaking and received a Graduate Studies Grant to explore the viability of making paper from invasive plant fibers in Southeastern Utah. This spring she is continuing the exploration in Rhode Island with generous funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.