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The Word as Image: Text in Handmade Paper

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Mary Tasillo is an internationally exhibiting artist working in handmade paper, text, print, zines and artists’ books, with a focus on art in public spaces. She is a columnist for Hand Papermaking Newsletter and co-proprietor of The Soapbox: Independent Publishing Center, a do-it-yourself art space in West Philadelphia featuring a zine library and community-accessible printing facilities. She teaches at Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA; Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, Boulder, CO; and The Professional Institute for Educators of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

www.bookbombs.netI’ve been working to get Mary on the SAI roster for a couple of years, ever since I saw her demonstrate at Philagraphia. It was abundantly clear that she really knew her stuff AND with her interest in art and social activism, I was able to convince her to come teach this class at WSW.

The Word as Image: Text in Handmade Paper

Mary Tasillo
July 8-12, 2013

Explore a variety of ways to incorporate text into your handmade paper, as opposed to printing directly on the surface. We will explore several pulp stenciling techniques including making photosilkscreens which, when used with finely beaten pulps, are capable of getting fine text and image. We will work with hand-drawn text, stencils, lead type and watermarking to create imagery and impressions directly in the wet pulp. Techniques of embedding, layering and embellishing will also covered. We’ll combine all of these to produce richly layered pieces where word becomes image.


Tuition $775/$720 members
Lab fee $50
Class limit 6

Please call us at 845.658.9133 if you are interested in this class.


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