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Handmade paper and artwork by Mason

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Handmade paper made with Abaca, Eucalyptus, Yellow Pages,  cotton thread, pencil, Asian chops

Ania Gilmore & Annie Zeybekoglu/Boston, MA 2011

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Click on the link LYCEECHICAGO.ORG to see the students at work. Thanks Amanda Love for introducing the project, Andrea Peterson for your papermaking instruction, and all the students, teachers and helpers for participating. Great job and beautiful work!

The week of March 16-20, the Lycée hosted acclaimed papermaker Andrea Peterson to make paper with students grades 1-8 and several 10th grade visual art students. The first grade classes collected old jeans and t-shirts to make paper…
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IMG_2872Artwork and paper-making by student of Walter S. Christopher Elementary School, Chicago

 

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IMG_0148Contributed by Amber Schindler, 2013

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With a recent visit to Calgary, I was given these beautiful paper rounds to include in the Treewhispers project. I always feel so lucky to hear the stories behind the art and wanted to include this note with the paper rounds as reference and inspiration for others.

Hi Pam,
These are the three paper rounds I brought on the weekend. The paper for these was made in a BVCG (Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild) gathering with supplies provided by Annette Wichmann. Annette blended a mountain of old envelopes and other paper bits and we had a lot of fun with instruction from both Annette and Greta Baack.

I coated my hand made paper with clear gesso and then used alcohol inks (copic marker refills) and rubbing alcohol to make a floral or cactus like image. I scraped into it for some texture. I then added black for a  Zentangle stained glass effect with sumi ink and a small nib (a vintage Esterbrook)
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The Center (http://www.thecenterpalos.org/) at Palos Park, IL hosted an Outdoor Women’s Retreat this summer. Tree stories were shared with some of the results below. Thank you Lois Lauer for sending these images.
 

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I wanted to share an incredible project relating to trees entitled “Seasons Rewound”—and the artists who created it, Barbara Pankratz and Barbara Johnston, both from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

They described it as a book five feet tall with an open back page spread that is 7 feet across. They used paper called weed block that they were able to purchase in 25 feet rolls, 3 feet across. They built all the pages then drew, painted and cut. There are three layers, the background layer, the tree layer then a little layer in the front with seven openings. The covers are matt board covered with painted canvas.

They mentioned that they spent one day a week for three years working on it. As they said it really was all about the process—they were not really concerned about the end product and they both felt the book literally made itself.

It was a wonderful collaboration. In their words: “The natural world is at the heart of everything we both do creatively. This oversize book was our attempt to represent a deep emotional and sensory connection to the changing seasons and to communicate our “larger-than-life” enthusiasm for the stunning visual experience this constant cycle affords.”image001 image002 image003 image004

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Photo by Lois Lauer—from The Center in Palos Park, IL

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Photo by Lois Lauer/ The Center (http://www.thecenterpalos.org/)

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This Sunday, May 25, 1-3 p.m. at The Center in Palos Park, IL we are having a Little Art Show of tiny artworks and will give guests an opportunity to make tiny circles for the Treewhispers Project. You’re invited to join us!

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When Michelle Williams, an art teacher from Waukegan saw the Treewhispers exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden she was moved to form an art club with papermaking so that her students could participate in the project. The following images are a few of the wonderful examples of the work they contributed. I love how the project continues to seed itself and grow!

 

 

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What an honor to spend Earth Day at The Center in Palos Park, a place “of celebration, enrichment, and healing—meeting others who shared a love for trees. Thank you to Lois Lauer for the invitation to introduce the Treewhispers project, to Marilyn VandenBout for her expertise in paper-making and to all those who so graciously shared their time and their stories. Stay tuned to see how you too can get involved with The Center’s partnership with Treewhispers.

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Spend the day exploring the artistic papermaking process used in the Treewhispers exhibition. You will begin the workshop with an introduction to the stunning handmade paper rounds used in the Treewhispers project. Then, roll up your sleeves and create your own paper rounds under the guidance of the visionary creator of the exhibit, artist Pamela Paulsrud. This will be a fun and invigorating workshop suitable for all.

Friday, March 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chicago Botanic Garden, Plant Science Lab, Regenstein Center, Glencoe, IL

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IMG_0180Contributed by children in the Bryant School After School Program with Cori O’Connell, Art Teacher, Helena, MT

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A delightful package with 14 handmade paper rounds came in the mail last week from Leilani Pierson, artist, writer, instructor—and mom. IMG_0159She included a little note stating that the rounds were made by she and her family some time ago—seems perhaps a year ago? (Ah, yes, a reminder that it’s not about time.) So happy though that they’ve finally found their way to the Treewhispers project! She shared with me a link she has on her blog referencing the project and papermaking

http://studiogypsy.blogspot.com/2012/04/making-paper.html (I appreciate the “shout out”. Do take a minute to peruse her site as well.)

 

And perhaps this is just a reminder to everyone that the project is ongoing…(hint, hint)

 

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Treewhispers papermaking extravaganza!
Crab Tree Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Cook County
3 Stover Road, Barrington, IL 60010

May 18, 2013
10am-4pm
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Join in the fun! For more information contact:847-381-6592

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Four calligraphers got together to make paper–three for the first time.  We used embroidery hoop molds, as well as small and large rectangular molds.  We each brought our own pulp and shared and combined.  The brown you see in the pictures is exotic wood shavings (Wenge etc.) with kraft paper. The maroon was a surprise: brown packaging paper, construction paper, colored streamers and white copy paper.  The white was from paper made from kozo and banana, and scraps of calligraphy quality paper.  Diane Flack does bookbinding, so she brought ribbon to put in the middle between two pieces of paper–the end result is something that can be folded and tied like a book cover.  Great fun as well as a lot of paper made by Diane, Kay Hilt, Rachel Bancroft and Marianne Nelson.
Photos and story by Marianne Nelson

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New meaning to the words “weight-bearing”.

IMG_1258Photo by Pamela Paulsrud at the Chicago Botanic Garden Papermaking Event

 

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While papermaking at the Chicago Botanic Garden we explored several ways of drying paper…IMG_1274Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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