Workshops

 

imageJane enjoys working with people and runs workshops in papermaking and bookbinding in a variety of settings from schools and galleries to museums and out in the landscape. She has a strong interest in working in response to particular places or landscapes and using materials from the local environment or exploring recycling by making paper from old shirts and cotton or linen rags. For workshops Jane Ponsford uses a transportable Hollander beater (handmade by New Zealander, Mark Lander) to run professional level paper-making sessions where participants can learn about and take part in the whole process of papermaking from fibre to artwork. The Hollander beater (named ‘The Critter’ by its maker)  can handle cotton and linen fibres and long strings and strips of plant material to make unique, beautiful and very definitely local  paper.

Recent workshops have included ‘Creative Papermaking with Colour and Thread’ at West Dean, workshops with Stroud International Textiles as part of Select 2014, ‘People, Places and Papermaking’ with The Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership at Barnard Castle and Winston in Teesdale and papermaking workshops and demonstrations at The British Museum, London, in response to their ‘Renaissance Drawing’ exhibition. She has also run art and papermaking workshops with participants of all ages at Guildford House Gallery, Guildford, Riverhouse Barn, Walton and Farnham Maltings. As part of longer projects and residencies she has worked with schools including: ACS International School, Cobham, Hurst Park Primary, St Albans, Cardinal Newman, and Esher Church Schools in Surrey and Teddington School in Middlesex and run Inset sessions with primary school teachers in Richmond-upon-Thames.

To enquire about workshops varying from short half hour drop-in sessions through to one day or longer projects please email: janeponsford@btinternet.com or phone on: 01372 467720

She has up-to-date CRB and public liability insurance of £5 Million.

Typical / Recent workshops:


 

Short introduction to Papermaking

Enjoy a short (2 hours 30 mins), hands-on introduction to papermaking. Find out about the differences between Eastern and Western papermaking and try out casting sheets of paper using a variety of different fibres from cotton rag to Lokta. By the end of the session you will have made some beautiful sheets of paper which could be used for cards or gift tags or as artworks in their own right.

Jane teaches by demonstration as well as by individual attention and provides a useful resource sheet to help you source materials to use at home.

Suitable for 16 years and above. Advance booking required. All materials included.


 

Experimental papermaking: Material Journeys 

Four days

In this course we will investigate the creative possibilities of papermaking using found objects as our inspiration and starting point. The aim is to go on a ‘Material Journey’ taking the materials provided to generate a sequence of related pieces. After an initial practical session running through basic western papermaking techniques making and using cotton and linen pulps to form sheets, we will move on to using our found objects to mark, emboss or alter our paper, thinking about how this alters the structure of the paper. Over the following days we will respond to this to develop more work, experimenting with incorporating thread or wires and joining, layering and collaging paper. Referring back to the pieces made in the first session, we will investigate working with dyed pulps and pigments to overlay marks. We will also think about how drying and pressing the paper can alter it, which can be used in a creative way to enhance the structure and shape of the paper.

The course will be taught by means of demonstrations and practical work as well as individual attention to support your project. There will be information and handouts to allow you to take these skills further independently after the course. We will be making paper traditionally using a Hollander beater and professional equipment but will also explore more easily accessible and more experimental techniques.

At the end of the course you will have made a series of beautiful handmade paper artworks. You will have experimented with making and dying pulps and casting (couching) sheets of paper using a range of techniques including laminating, embossing, pressing, building in insertions and you will have gained and built upon skills to take further in your own work.

LEVEL: Intermediate / advanced

REQUIRED PREPARATION:

Please bring one or two small found objects to act as a starting point. These could include twigs, a key, a piece of rusty wire. Nothing precious. There will be an opportunity to go outside to find other bits and pieces if necessary during the course. We will be working with wet material and sometimes with inks and dyestuffs so be prepared with older clothing. It would be useful to have pencils, black ink and a sketchbook. A camera might be useful.

MATERIALS:

The course fee includes: general materials, thread, string, some inks, simple dyestuffs, use of papermaking equipment and moulds and deckles, felts, and a pack of J type cloths per student, cotton and linen pulp and fabric or cotton linters for pulping. Though if you are contemplating extremely large work in size and quantity you may be charged extra. All other or additional materials will be purchased individually.


 

Creative Papermaking

Three days

Join artist and papermaker, Jane Ponsford for two hands-on and enjoyable days exploring landscape through papermaking. After an initial practical session running through traditional papermaking techniques we will experiment with making and using cotton pulps to form sheets before moving on to embossing, layering, marking and collaging the paper. Our first project will be to make a zig-zag book and during the first day we will take a short walk to draw inspiration from the landscape so please have suitable footwear. We will develop our natural landscape theme by referring to textures and colours derived from the landscape.

The course will be taught by means of demonstrations and practical work as well as individual attention to support your project. There will be information and handouts to allow you to take these skills further independently after the course. We will be making paper traditionally using a Hollander beater and professional equipment but will also explore more easily accessible and more experimental techniques.

At the end of the course you will have made some beautiful textured zig-zag books and other handmade paper artworks. You will have experimented with papermaking using a range of techniques and you will have gained and built upon skills to take further in your own work.

LEVEL: SUITABLE FOR ALL:

A subject-focused course that is delivered to suit any level of experience from beginner to advanced practitioner. A structured start is followed by guided independent practice.


 

Papermaking at Art in Action

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Enjoy a practical, interesting and hands-on, introduction to papermaking. Learn about the basic techniques and processes of papermaking through demonstrations then try out couching and casting sheets of paper and experiment with pressing and embossing different kinds of paper pulp from cotton rag pulp to recycled five pound notes! During the course of the workshop you’ll work using a vat and a mould and deckle to make your own beautiful custom sheets of paper and artworks. In the session you will be introduced to a range of techniques which you will be able to continue to use at home for your own projects. Jane provides a useful resource sheet with information about where to source materials and equipment.

LEVEL: Suitable for all

DATES/TIMES OF WORKSHOPS: Saturday 16 July 2016 10.30 – 12.00 and 1.30 – 3.00 Sunday 17 July 2016 10.30 – 12.00


 

Creative papermaking with colour and thread: West Dean

Sunday 15 February – Thursday 19 February 2015 westdeanlogo

This course was in a week of courses linked by a theme of Cloth and Thread. Each course explored this versatile material in two and three dimensions and various scales. The week included a short cross-over session to work with a different tutor, and illustrated talks by other tutors in the series of courses.

The course was taught by demonstrations and practical work as well as individual attention. There was  information and also handouts to allow students to take these skills further independently after the course. We made paper traditionally using a Hollander beater and professional equipment but also explored more easily accessible and more experimental techniques.

'Critter' Hollander beater in action pulping cotton at West Dean

‘Critter’ Hollander beater in action pulping cotton at West Dean

At the end of the course students made a selection of beautiful handmade paper and unique artworks and experimented with making and dying pulps and casting (couching) sheets of paper using a range of techniques including laminating, embossing, pressing, building in insertions. Students also gained and built upon skills to take further in their own work.


 

Two-day Papermaking Workshop: Stroud International Textiles: Selected 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014 10.00-5.00 and Sunday, May 11, 2014 10.00-5.00 select2014logo

As an artist and papermaker I am inspired by the landscape around us. I invited participants to join me for two hands-on and enjoyable days exploring their landscape through papermaking.

The workshop included making pulps using cotton and linen rag, casting and couching, laminating and embossing. We used a Hollander beater (a ‘Critter’) and also explored processes that can be used at home. On the first day we took a short walk to draw inspiration from the local landscape.

Suitable for all.

The workshop was part of the Select Festival 2014 organised by Lizzi Walton of Stroud International Textiles. I had work in the Newark Park exhibition Select 2014.