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T H E A R T O F PA P E R M A K I N G The Art Of Papermaking For Sculpture

March 12-18, 2012

Creativity involves options-discovery, exploration and curiosity. As we become exposed to a new technique or medium, it is a time for questioning: why we work the way we do, why we are attracted to a certain form, line, or design and why we start designing with the function, shape or color in mind.

by Carolyn Wright, the Photography Studio


Ghost Ranch, 21,000 acres located in northern New Mexico, stands proud as an ecumenical and interfaith education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For more than half a century people have come for spiritual development, to discuss issues of peace and justice, to work together in creation care, to paint and write, to hike and ride horseback, to research rich and globally renowned archeological and fossil quarries, to see where Georgia O’Keeffe painted or simply to rest and renew their spirits.

Wabi-sabi, the quintessential Japanese aesthetic, the beauty of things modest and humble, is the thread that weaves through our creative process. You will design and build sculptural forms using natural materials foraged from the environs of northern New Mexico. The sculptural forms can be functional or non-functional. You will focus on how to make Japanese-style paper, learn various tying techniques using waxed linen thread and how to build form using natural materials such as willow and tamarisk. The course begins with making paper, washi from kozo, the bark of the paper mulberry. For centuries kozo has been a highly regarded Asian fiber used in the paper arts. During the first days, we will begin with a short walk collecting plant material that we will add to the pulp fiber to create interesting textural effects in the paper. The following days will be spent exploring the infinite possibilities of sculpture form.

Jacqueline Mallegni is an award-winning artist whose sculptures embody balance and simplicity, minimalism and beauty. Sculpture reminiscent of boat and suspended cocoon forms constructed from Japanese-style handmade paper along with natural materials such as tamarisk, rattan, olive woods and alabaster evoke calm and introspection. Jacqueline’s decades-long immersion into the philosophies of simplicity, humility and the appreciation of non-permanence found in nature have guided her toward a deeper relationship with the materials used in her art work. “Working with natural materials opens my eyes to a way of seeing the world around me, affirms my intuition and belief that it is possible to integrate art as a way of being and encourages my development of focus and intent, infusing it with subtlety and fluidity.” Registration $350 + lodging & meals Additional information, including registration and lodging fees, can be found at or you may call the Registrar at 505.685.4333, ext. 4155.

Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center in Northern New Mexico

The Art of Papermaking for Sculpture / March 12th, 2012 (6days) in Abiquiu, New Mexico  

Creativity involves options-discovery, exploration and curiosity. As we become exposed to a new technique or medium, it is a time for questi...

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