visiting artist Patterson Clark taught papermaking workshops using white mulberry and garlic mustard, and gave an artist talk in between. Last week was a crazy time for me to travel on every level except for the keeping sane level. He has been an inspiration to me for years, and every papermaker, especially those who work directly with plants, should know his story (NPR did a beautiful feature on him in 2011).
professor Tim Frerichs has created and also outfitted for papermaking. Tim took my hanji class last year and is also the bomb for bringing Patterson to Fredonia (and hosting me so that I didn't have to do the round trip drive in a day!). He also had me procure the school a smaller hanji bal and teul last year so that he can set up a hanji vat for them soon. It will probably be the first academic studio that has the real thing!
Scraped outer mulberry bark. Another treat was meeting Bill Burry from Syracuse, who made the trip from SUNY-ESF (College of Environmental Science and Forestry). He has done years of research on phragmites, and their use in industrial papermaking. He graded papers while I worked on an article in the studio before we headed to dinner, and very kindly drove me to town and back. Upstate New Yorkers are much better about driving than downstaters like me.Professor Jon Titus has done a ton of research on invasive species, including years of field work with garlic mustard. At dinner, he talked about how they had found garlic mustard burned into pottery that dated back 6,000 years, and about his experiments on pulling them for eradication versus leaving them alone, over several years.
so just look at his website, read about him in this Hand Papermaking newsletter column as well as in this fine Hand Papermaking magazine article by Julie Johnson on responsible use of invasive plant fibers. I am too sleep deprived to do this visit justice, but wanted to say something about his incredible work before I get washed away with the rest of life.