Dates: July 24-28, 2015
Instructor: Melissa Jay Craig
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Class Description: Kozo fiber, the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree (Broussonetia papyrifera), makes beautiful, ethereal yet strong papers, but is also a fascinating material in and of itself. Its strands separate into luscious lace-like patterns and it takes on deep, vibrant color wonderfully; it can be cast over objects, layered for strength, pounded into heavy sheets, or used to make delicate bark drawings. Bark lace can be incorporated into collage and mixed media work with adhesives; it can also be sewn to fabrics, other strong papers, or to itself. Best of all, you do not need access to a paper studio nor expensive equipment to work with the bark directly. Come and see for yourself in this workshop where you will learn to process, dye, and work with kozo bark fiber in both 2D and 3D applications.
Instructor Bio: Melissa Jay Craig is a sculptor, book and installation artist whose primary medium is handmade paper. She lives in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in museum, rare book, print and artists’ book collections. She is represented in the Chicago area by ZIA Gallery. Melissa has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts studio residency in papermaking at Women’s Studio Workshop. Recently, she was named Distinguished Resident at the Ragdale Foundation, where she was also the 2014 Prairie Fellow. Her wordless sculptural books have appeared in diverse publications such as Fine Books and Collections, Surface Design Journal, Quiet Lunch Magazine and a number of literary publications including Spoon River Poetry Review, Ploughshares and the Paris Review. www.melissajaycraig.com
(includes lunch during workshop)
Studio/Materials Fee: $60
A $30.00 Registration Fee will be added to your course total(It will show up as
"shipping fee"). This is a one-time annual fee for non-members. If you are a
current member it will be removed before credit card processing.