Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Some Examples of Encaustic Paintings Made from Khandroling Papers

This past weekend I attended an Encaustic Painting workshop by Julia Jensen at the River Gallery School in Brattelboro, Vermont. I was hoping to explore this medium as a means to use with our decorative Khandroling papers. I wasn't disappointed.

The piece below was a simple thin piece of Kozo paper with an experiment of using sea weed stenciling. The letters failed to emerge but I liked the dots. I then added India ink with a small calligraphy brush. I love to add gold leaf for richness--a bit of an affectation. Sorry for the poor photo
quality from my IPad but the Kozo was simply mounted on board with pva glue. Every fiber can be seen. I was astonished at the strength of the paper to hold the india ink and the ability of the layered wax to convey the actual brush strokes with great clarity. I can't wait to experiment further.

Here is another sample of unadorned paper simply mounted on board with two layers of wax applied with buffing by hand in between. The paper already had a somewhat figurative look to it with a combination of inlaid semi beaten fibers and pulp painting with seaweed.

I can't wait to show everyone some of these methods at our open studios on either Tuesday or Saturdays!

Jacqueline Gens

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tibetan Art Lecture and Two-day Workshop with Penba Wangdu

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Shang Shung Institute for Tibetan Studies are happy to announce a weekend dedicated to exploring and experiencing Tibetan art under the guidance of one of Tibet’s leading artists.

Friday 11/9/2012
Lecture on Tibetan art and art history by Penba Wangdu
Webster 220, 6 PM
Free and open to the public

Penba Wangdu was born in Shigatse, Tibet, in 1969. He studied fine art at Tibet University, taught at the Lhasa Normal School and began teaching at the Art Department of Tibet University in 1994. In 2000, he studied at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, where he specialized in mural painting. From 2002 to 2005 he studied for his MA in Tibetan Fine Arts at the School of Arts, Tibet University. An artist of international renown, he lives in Lhasa.

Two-day Workshop on Tibetan thangka painting
An experienced art teacher at Tibet University, and a recognized and well-sought master in the art of Thangka painting, Penba Wangdu will introduce participants, on the first day, to the basics of drawing and proportions in thangka painting. On Sunday, in the second part of the workshop, participants will learn more about coloring and composition.
You can see examples of Penba Wangdu here

Workshop Times:
11/10 10 AM-12 AM and 2 PM- 5 PM
11/11 10 AM-12 AM
Location of workshop: Webster 220

The workshop is free for Five College students and staff. For the general public a minimum donation of $ 20 per session is recommended. All profit will go to the Shang Shung Institute for Tibetan Studies. For more information and registration for the workshop, please contact secretary@shangshung.org.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Open Studio Times at Tsegyalgar East

Khandroling Paper Cooperative is happy to announce Open Studio times. Come learn the art of hand papermaking in our yellow schoolhouse studio located in the basement of Tsegyalgar East. Payment is currently by donation with a portion going towards the Dzogchen Community projects or Shang Shung and to cover materials used.

Tuesdays from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM or by appointment during any weekday (1-4 PM)
All day Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM except during scheduled workshops or Dzogchen Community special events.

Open studio will make available the following activities: cooking fibers outdoors, beating fibers, use of the hollander beater (our "critter") or blenders for preparing pulp, making personal moulds and deckles, creating handmade books, calligrpahy and encaustic collages from our handmade paper and sharing information. No previous experience necessary.

A list of things to bring:

Fibers: Any dried fibers you want to cook and beat as an experiment--corn husks, cattails, ginko leaf,  or you can buy kozo here to make Japanese style papers.

Cotton rags, linen or blue jeans cut into small postage size pieces here or at home

Recycled sacred texts

If you would like to work at other times or one on one, please contact Jacqueline Gens at 413-522-1125 or jacqueline.gens@gmail.com

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Traditonal Papermaking in Tibet

Visit this link to view a great video on traditional papermaking in Tibet at the Dege Printing House as part of the Rubin Museum's exhibit "Iluminated the Art of Sacred Books."


black ground manuscript page circa 11th-12th century with silver and gold inks

November 18, 2012 Workshop Origami and Simple Gifts with Sheryl Jaffe and Brenda Lilly


Origami and Simple Gifts with Sheryl Jaffe and Brenda Lilly 

Join us for a fun day making holiday gifts with paper

WHEN: Sunday, November 18 2012*
10:00 AM-5:00 PM

* If you would like to make your own paper prior to the workshop, contact Jacqueline for open studio times. 

Shang Shung Library
Khandroling Paper Cooperative
18 Schoolhouse Road
Conway, MA 01341

COST: $75/$50** includes all materials
**Low income option

TO REGISTER: Contact Jacqueline Gens
jacqueline.gens@gmail.com or 413-522-1125
LIMITED to 12 participants

Origmai: My name is Brenda Lilly, a resident of Conway for 18 years, and an origami artist for over 22 years. Throughout my artistic ventures I have combined handmade papers into my art, either by folding the papers or using them as a backdrop for my pieces. This workshop will focus on boxes, and simple birds, and or fish. One box in particular is the Brochure Box, yes it uses brochures from museums or events. The more colorful they are with less words the better. If you do come across some collect 8 of them for one box. I will be bringing some along too. I can also accommodate special interests if people want to learn something specific fold, such as the popular peace crane. E-mail request at least a few days ahead of time to: lillyhill@rcn.com.

Simple Gifts:  Handmade paper wallets, star books and simple books/cards.  Fold, print and stamp colors and messages into paper.  Personal items you'll want to keep close for years to come, bring joy to yourself and others, holiday ideas become beautiful sturdy paper items that feel like leather. Join us for a day of fun with fiber. Sheryl Jaffe

Sheryl (left) and Brenda at the October Harvest Weekend.

Slide Show from Our October Harvest Weekend

We had a great weekend for our first workshop. Here's  a slide show. We will be announcing open studio times shortly.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

First Pulp

Yesterday we finally got  Mark Lander's "critter" up and running thanks to Bret Bourman and Nary Mitchel. I loved hearing its  rumbles and thumbing.

In the wings a batch of cooked Iris and linen rags waiting for the beater.

Bret Bourman, the secretary of Shang Shung Institute figured it out.