Butterfly Wing Paper
Taught by Hannah O'Hare Bennett (AIR)

Using frames and a matrix of thread, learn to build thin sheets of handmade paper from a variety of fibers. There will be discussion of different characteristics of abaca, cotton, and flax fibers, and experimentation will be encouraged. Some experimentation with earth pigments as colorants will allow you to add dimensionality to your work. You can expect to leave with an array of small samples and experiments and 2 or 3 larger pieces of low relief abstract sculptural paper and/or decorative sheets that could be incorporated into books or collages.

Workshop Full
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DATE Sat, June 26th - Sun, June 27th

TIME 10:00 am–4:00 pm

COST $230


Hannah O'Hare Bennett is an artist and papermaker based in Madison Wisconsin.  She holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas, and an MFA in Design Studies (Paper and Textiles) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Before earning her MFA, she worked in organic farming and grocery cooperatives, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador.  Since 2017, she had residencies at numerous institutions, including Women's Studio Workshop (NY), Studioworks at Tides Institute (ME), Textile Arts Center (NYC), and Playa Summer Lake (OR).   In 2019, she was selected to provide an edition of paper for Handpapermaking Magazine's Portfolio 13: In Between.  In 2020 she will open Philyra Studio, a papermaking and textile studio.  Currently she serves on the board of directors for the North American Hand Papermakers, and edits their digital journal.  She teaches papermaking and textile arts workshops, and teaches fiber arts at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.

Supply List​​ 

  • Scissors,

  • sewing thread or other thin yarns of natural fibers (optional but encouraged),

  • small empty picture frames (optional but encouraged--can easily be obtained at thrift stores)

  • Lunch and beverage

Materials with an asterisk (*) next to them are sold in our store.