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Introductory Papermaking | Saturdays in April and May

Edward Fu-Chen Juan Introductory Papermaking | Saturdays in April and May

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C$ 397.00 Excl. tax

Workshop: Introductory Papermaking
Dates: April 27th, May 4th, May 11th, May 18th, from 11AM-2PM
Location: 1555 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Instructor: Ed Juan
Level: Beginner
Materials included

  • File number: WKSP512

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Papermaking is an ancient art practice that originates in China for centuries.  It has evolved into the contemporary art field that is greatly underappreciated in Western societies.  In this papermaking workshop Edward will instruct the foundation of making paper from Esparto and Abacá.  The Esparto grass is native to the Iberian and North African region with historic paper usage during the British colonial era for newspaper printing.  The Abacá palm fibre is indigenous to the Pacific Island regions, especially the Philippines archipelago.  Its common name is the "Manila Hemp" or infamous for the "Manila Envelope".  It is excellent for paper dying and an affordable alternative to materials such as Kozo and Gampi.  In the workshop you will learn the techniques of linter breakdown to pulp, couching, sizing, and ultimately paper drying.  There will be room for discussion, critiques, then personal experimentation on the last day.


Edward Juan  He/Him/His
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese

Edward Fu-Chen Juan is a contemporary visual artist based in Vancouver, BC, the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  He identifies as a queer Taiwanese Canadian with ethnic roots from the Hakka and the Plains First Nation People of Taiwan.  His art practice is printmaking on paper with water-based ink extracted from indigenous and endemic plant specimens.  Presently, he has expanded his process to papermaking with unconventional plant fibres of significant cultural importance.