DATE Sat, February 20th
TIME 10:00 am–1:00 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE Wed, Feb 17th
Papermaking in Mexico: History, Methods, and Contemporary Landscape
Taught by Jillian Sico
Mexican amate is an ancient form of hand-pounded bark paper, traditionally made from the inner bark of the ficus or fig tree. Today, artisans in the village of San Pablito, Pueblo, Mexico continue to make amate, while artisans around the country make Western-style paper from a large variety of natural and recycled materials. In this live demonstration you will learn about the history and contemporary landscape of Mexican papermaking, including plants and materials used, tools, studio/artisans, and cultural context surrounding papermaking today. You will also learn the basic steps of making a sheet of Mexican-style bark paper using kozo. Fiber cooking and preparation will be covered, as well as ethical considerations related to the use of this culturally specific form. You will receive detailed handouts and instructions as well.
*A portion of each registration will be donated to the amate papermakers in Pueblo, Mexico.
Jillian Sico is a book artist and papermaking based in Tuscaloosa, AL. She holds an MA in Anthropology from University of Georgia and an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama, where she is currently teaching interdisciplinary and fine arts courses. While working towards her MFA, Jillian earned a University-wide research award for her research on Mexican papermaking. Jillian’s work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Morgan Conservatory, College Book Art Association, Decatur Arts Alliance, and Alex Ferrone Gallery, where her work Mycorrhizae won first place. Her books are held in six special collections, including Emory University and the University of Miami. Jillian prints artist books under the imprint Frogsong Press and Co-founded Plot 8, a studio in Tuscaloosa dedicated to letterpress printing and papermaking from garden plants.
Students will be provided with detailed handouts and instructions from the instructor.