Sep 29, 2023  
2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [Archived Catalogue]

PRNT 651 The History & Craft of Handmade Paper

3 credits 90.0 hours
600 level graduate course

This course instructs students in the history and practice of hand papermaking: the historical study of paper composition; conservation techniques; and the study of fibers and papers best suited for printing. This course will also further elevate student knowledge in the field of conservation and its associated professional practices. Participants will gain knowledge in the history, conservation, and artistic relevance of paper, including the review of historic and contemporary applications of hand papermaking. The primary focus of this course is the technical application and production of pulp fiber, as well as the production of handmade paper for various applications. The format focuses on technical demonstrations to familiarize students with the actions and formal languages employed in the production of handmade paper. Students will gain historic knowledge of papermaking as both a craft and as a practice. Additionally, they will develop a working knowledge of papermaking practices and problem solving skills, including fiber preparation and sheet formation. The understanding of centuries-old methods and its chemistry are essential in the discussion of paper as an artistic medium. Through weekly readings, both Western and Eastern craft will be reviewed addressing the history of paper, quality, and conservation issues.

Priority enrollment to graduate Book Arts majors.
This course is not repeatable for credit.