Date + Time
Jul 19, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Cleveland, 1754 E 47th St, Cleveland, OH 44103, USA
Learn an extremely accessible method of paper casting by casting directly on the form without the use of molds or pulp. Using found objects, unryu (mulberry) Japanese paper, and methyl cellulose, you will learn how to make hollow cast paper forms (both relief and three-dimensional). This is an extremely low-tech, cost-effective method that can be done at any kitchen table or home studio! You will be asked to bring your own found objects to cast.
Melissa Ezelle earned her MFA from Ohio University, and her BFA from Murray State University with a concentration in Printmaking. Her work focuses on personal family history, using handmade printmaking methods, textiles, and mixed media. Since 2013, she has been a practicing studio artist and instructor at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and is currently serving the Lead Art Instructor for the TAP apprenticeship program at Arts on the Block in Silver Spring, MD. Melissa teaches courses in fine art for Montgomery College on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus.
Student Supply List:
- Methyl Cellulose - see Blick or Amazon
- 1 roll (11" x 60') of Unryu paper
- A variety of watercolor or soft bristle brushes
- A small cellulose sponge
- 2 plastic food containers (yogurt sized)
- A tablespoon for measuring
- A spoon for mixing
- 2-3 found objects to experiment with, found from a thrift store, yard sale, or around the house. Must be objects you wouldn't mind manipulating, and not something precious. Do not choose soft or flat objects made of paper or fabric. Glass, metal, or coated wood work well. Organic materials work but only if you coat them first with an overcoat acrylic sealant or spray (Krylon is a great brand.)
- Several (more than 10) #11 X-acto blades with #1 X-acto holder
- 1 roll of Blue Painters Tape
- 1 can of Smooth-On Brand universal silicone Mold Release Spray
- (Optional) Shellac or acrylic sealant spray to coat found objects.
- (Optional) PVA Glue.