Class #10

Exploring Paper Pulp & Cochineal Insects

Wendy Carpenter

May 19 - May 25

instructor imageThis class will explore the world of natural dyes and paper pulp. The emphasis is on how to make paper pulp, how to mordant paper pulp for dyeing and how to process cochineal insects for extracting dye color. (Cochineal insects are a type of scale insect from which the natural dye carmine is derived.)

In the class, you’ll pour dyed paper pulp into large water vats, use a sieve-like screen to “pull” the pulp from the water and then compress the pulp onto a felt pad to make sheets of paper. You will then use your paper to create a lighted vessel form. There will be class critiques, along with guidance from Wendy on how to incorporate natural found objects into your work.

Please bring a small drawing pad, scissors, a small needle nose pliers, pinch-type clothes pins, a crochet hook, large eye needles, a mop sponge (approximately 6” x 4” x 2”), an apron, up-to-the-elbow latex kitchen gloves and a one-gallon bucket.

Wendy Carpenter started her art studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and continued with an independent internship study at the Denise Miller Tapestry & Dyeing Studio in Taos, New Mexico. She completed her bachelor’s degree in art at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and received an art grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board to continue her art studies with tapestry weaving. Wendy has university-level teaching experience, and in 1981 established Interfibers Studio Gallery in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. She has worked as a professional fiber artist for over 40 years. Wendy’s use of cultural icons and primitive forms delineates the content through a fiber medium that transmits its meaning to the observer. It’s a long path that starts in the mind, then passes through the fingers which, in turn, manipulate the fibers into a final sculptural form.

Wendy will contact students prior to class.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials Fee: $45 for LED light base, dye material, fiber linters, sealants, glues, design accent threads and papers, payable to Wendy during class.

Pricing (per person):
$1045 Dorm Room Package*
$1145 Two-Person Room Package*
$1705 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$615 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals