On Friday, Amy Wilson took her Foundation Drawing class on a field trip to Dieu Donné, where they learned about the process of traditional papermaking and got a chance to try out different papermaking techniques.
Here’s a little information about Dieu Donné from its website:
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Dieu Donné is a leading non-profit cultural institution dedicated to serving established and emerging artists through the collaborative creation of contemporary art using the process of hand papermaking.
Dieu Donné was founded in 1976 by Susan Gosin and Bruce Wineberg to explore the untapped potential of hand papermaking as an art medium. We introduce artists from a wide variety of practices to the creative possibilities in hand papermaking, fostering experimentation and creating innovative works of art. Our work is realized through extensive collaborations with artists. We strive to teach a new visual language, providing a transformative experience that often leads to artistic breakthroughs. We share this work with the community through our gallery, public and educational programs.
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The visit began with a tour of the Dieu Donné facilities and a presentation by Studio Collaborator & Education Manager Amy Jacobs on the history of papermaking processes. She also discussed a selection of projects that Dieu Donné has done in collaboration with various artists. The students then got to do some papermaking of their own.
Amy sent along some images from this afternoon’s trip, and I thought I’d share them here.