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How to Make Paper from Corn Husks

People often want to know how to make paper from a plant fiber. Many different fibers can be used. For this demonstrations, I used fibers that were donated by Bill Tracy, Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Agronomy Department. He manages a large sweet corn research program. In the paper lab we have Lilian Bell’s classic book Plant Fibers for Papermaking. Her book is a great book to start your own investigation. This link will display the location of the book in the class bookshelf.Others exist and additionally, one of the best resources for all kinds of information is the website for Hand Papermaking Organization. This link will play the video How to Make Paper from Corn Husks in HD on YouTube.

 

 

Project 1 – Single Sheet Books

 

Ideas for single sheet book structures

Ideas for single sheet book structures


Wonderful examples presented today for ideas when approaching a book using a single sheet of paper. Start with a simple idea, build a structure and then match it with content and imagery. The above photo is linked to a small gallery of photos on Flickr. Or click on this link. See you Tuesday.

Student move out day.

desk_wheel_light_stand_blogMove out day for many apartments in Madison, Wisconsin is today, August 15th. It reminded me that some years ago I grabbed these wheels from a broken desk chair on West Washington Avenue. I knew I could make something out of the star shaped wheels. Then my son Will returned home from school with a few milk crates. Dad’s always have zip ties. Above is my mobile studio flash lighting cart, with a battery power supply! It has a much smaller foot print than regular studio light stands.

UW Mad Arts!

Arts Institute Award Ceremony. Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. University of Wisconsin Madison. May 15, 2014. (Jim Escalante Photography)

Arts Institute Award Ceremony. Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. University of Wisconsin Madison. May 15, 2014. (Jim Escalante Photography)

Last night the Arts Institute of the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted a celebration event to honor students and faculty from the arts on campus. Visit a gallery of photos of the 2014 Arts Institute Awards at this gallery. Albeit, most images are of Art Department, my home!

Arts Institute Award Ceremony. Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. University of Wisconsin Madison. May 15, 2014. (Jim Escalante/Photography by Jim Escalante)

The need for scale in an installation

Master of Fine Arts installation by Natasha Hovey

Master of Fine Arts installation by Natasha Hovey

Artist often ask if they need to include a reference to show scale. As Natasha and I walked in the gallery, a group of students were in the gallery. I asked Natasha to stand still and asked the students to mingle around quickly. I took about 10 photos with a 1/4 second shutter speed and then created a GIF file. This shows how tall the piece is and the students provide a certain amount of the depth of the piece. Plus it is a bit lighthearted. Thanks to the students. You can see more images of Natasha Hovey’s artwork here.

Secret Belgian Binding

 (Jim Escalante)Due to recent interest in class in the Secret Belgian Binding, I posted some photos of a demo that Carey Watters gave many years ago. I will look for other resources so that you can master this binding. It is fun. Click on the image to see many step by step photos.

Resources

Soon you will be able to see use links to download course resources; such as handouts and other information on this page. This will be a new menu added on the top menu bar. I will up date this post once I have started adding information.

Art446 – Artists’ Books

Art 464 – Papermaking

Art 646



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