Images from Friday’s first-year field trip to Dieu Donné

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.



Amy Jacobs discusses the history of different types of paper in front of a table of samples (shown below).



Some of the samples, which ranged from papyrus to contemporary hand-made paper



Some of the projects Dieu Donné has done with various artists. In these pieces, the images and areas of color are part of the paper itself, made with colored paper pulp rather than paint or ink.



Jacobs pulls a paper mold up from a vat of colored paper pulp.



The students begin their papermaking.



VCS first-year student Julianna Twine working on making sheets of handmade paper; the bottles in the center of the table contain colored paper pulp



VCS First-year Gabrielle Humphrey preparing for couching (pronounced “cooching”), or tipping the paper out of the mold to a surface where it can dry.



Preparing to flip the mold






Left: three sheets of paper made by Amy Wilson. These are going to Mike Lindgren, who does copyediting each year for the VCS senior thesis papers.


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