Instructor: Tatiana Ginsberg
Working from the Japanese tradition of dyeing paper with natural dyes, students explore creative methods of coloring and patterning handmade papers. Experiment with dyes derived from natural materials such as cochineal, cloves, lotus and much more. The bright and subtle colors derived from plant materials are safe and pleasant to work with and harmonize well with natural fibers. Historically used not only for their beauty, but also practical purposes ranging from insect repellants to waterproofing, they have numerous applications for book arts. You will learn to prepare dyestuffs from a number of plant materials; how to size and treat papers; how to dip, brush, resist dye and understand the effects of different mordants. You are encouraged to experiment with your own papers as well as the kozo paper provided.
While on a Fulbright research grant, Tatiana Ginsberg worked in one of the oldest dye studios in Kyoto, where she learned the art of dyeing paper in brilliant colors for temple festivals, sutra copying, and other uses. She has a certificate in Book Studies from the University of Iowa Center for the Book and MFA from the University of California Santa Barbara. Ginsberg now teaches at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Her own work integrates traditional skills with contemporary techniques, and is exhibited nationally and internationally.