This blog post by Kristine Joy Mallari (Printmaking BFA '11) is about her work-study scholarship at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She attended Kathy O'Connell's Paper/Book/Object workshop from July 20th to August 9th 2012.
This summer I was granted a work-study scholarship to attend Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. The Penland campus is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, an hour north from Asheville, and students spend the majority of their time on the mountain.
|Moulds and deckles at the Papermaking Studio|
|Community dining hall|
10am: classes start
2:00pm: classes resume
4:00pm: classes end
(4-8pm): my personal work schedule in the kitchen, M-F
8:15pm: artist's lectures and slides
There were also occasional social events––gallery openings, parties, dances, resident artists' studio tours, an impromptu bon fire and daily yoga classes. Check out some of the fun times my iPhone captured. Studios were open 24/7 and you could usually spot folks still working past 2am.
I took the papermaking and bookmaking class taught by Kathy O'Connell. We focused on western papermaking and used cotton and abaca fibers to make our pulp. The papermaking studio was set outside, so during the hot day we were working and splashing around in tubs of water (and getting feasted on by relentless, vampire mosquitos!) There were 8 of us in the class and we each got our own work table to experiment with book bindings and paper as well as materials foraged from other studios, like mica from metals or stones and sticks from the environment. See photos of our workspaces here.
|Pellons drying at the Papermaking Studio|
If you're interested, you can check out some of the work I completed at Penland here.