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Paper manipulation and 3D assemblage

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 16 March 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 17 March 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Sumi Perera, Paper manipulation, 2017.

In this exciting weekend-long course, led by award winning artist Sumi Perera RE, participants will be taught the properties and principles of paper, learning the diverse practical methods involved in manipulating paper to make three-dimensional models that can contract and expand.

Although the original forms of papermaking predate the Han Dynasty in China (202 BC–AD 220), Cai Lun, an imperial official from this period, is attributed as the inventor of the papermaking technique widely adopted by both Eastern and Western cultures. Originally made from mulberry bark and hemp rags mixed with water, the invention enabled the written word to be recorded, mass-produced and disseminated on a grand scale.

The techniques of papermaking spread first to the rest of the Eastern world. In Japan, Korea and India, paper’s convenience, as well as its durability and flexibility, meant that it rapidly became a multi-purpose material, used to make money, record prayers, create maps, disseminate news and even preserve the flavour of tea.

Papermaking reached Europe in 1085, with mills firmly established in parts of Italy and France soon afterwards. The transferal of woodcut prints from cloth to paper in Holland from around 1390 afforded artists and collectors the opportunity to view, handle and circulate these artworks in a more convenient manner, also making them easier to store and display.

Paper’s remarkable strength, despite its fragility, as well as its ability to be recycled, has meant that paper has become a popular medium in contemporary times for packaging and printmaking, and even within furniture and architectural design.

In this exciting two-day course, led by award-winning artist Sumi Perera, participants will explore the principles and properties of paper, learning how its features can be exploited and manipulated to create individual two-dimensional artworks as well as more complex three-dimensional structures.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 16 March 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 17 March 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and a wine reception at the end of the first day.