Monday, June 30, 2014

Khandroling Paper Cooperative to Participate in The Rags to Riches Exhibit Celebrating Franklin County’s Paper Industry, July 6, 2014

We will demonstrate our papermaking process at the Rags to Riches: Franklin County’s Paper Industry at Greenfield’s Industrial Museum. Join us for lots of old time music and fun on the Green River

The Critter will be there  to demonstrate the magical transformation of turning rags into pulp for making paper. We will also have our long scroll for you to leave your mark with our handmade Dragon’s Song Black Walnut Ink we made last fall. 

[Bret Bourman our first critter fiber beating October 2012]

[Our first large scroll made summer 2013]

Come make some paper that you can take home with you. Khandroling Paper Cooperative is closely associated with the Dzogchen Community, founded by Tibetan Teacher Choegyal Namkhai Norbu. We specialize in recycling sacred texts and finding recycling solutions for analog tapes. Our papers can be used for sacred calligraphy practice. Our instructors, Sheryl Jaffee (master papermaker/artist) and Brenda Lee (Origami) and Madeline Leibling (Art Therapist) share their skills with us several times a year making a variety of fantastic papers for multiple uses in bookmaking, masks/sculptures, wallets, wall hangings, scrolls, embossed etc.

[Brenda at the Hadley Asparagus Festival]

[Sheryl’s joyful exuberance for all things paper is infectious. She is probably saying “perfect” to this young woman’s first piece of handmade paper]

Join us for our Second Annual Workshop on Lower Khandroling Farm
Fiber to Fiber Holding Together

August 9 & 10, 2014
10:00 AM-5:00 PM

See sidebar for further details and slide show of last year’s workshop.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Five Elements Paper and Lots of News Beyond

For the last month or so I have been collecting and  preparing colored linen to make pulp in the ‘Critter' to represent the five elements for our 30th Anniversary Celebration at Tsegyalgar East.  Thus far I have made Red, White and Blue pulp. Now working on the final yellow and green.

Speaking of the  Elements, Sheryl Jaffe, our KPC instructor extraordinaire was interviewed for  PREVIEWMASS . You can find the article Earth, Air, Light and Water on page 10. Her August workshop  scheduled to take place at Khandroling Farm is listed in the article. 

Sheryl was at the Tsegyalgar East booth yesterday in the WGBH Asparagus Festival making paper with passers by. She attracted young and old introducing them to the magic of papermaking with local fibers. She brought asparagus pulp cooked and beaten for many hours which translated into amazing beautiful and string paper. The community also did demos of Yantra Yoga, Vajra Dance, and modern Tibetan Dance next to our booth. 

Sheryl talking about the papermaking process with an interested couple

Brenda Lilly, origami artist and papermaker stopped by to visit the booth and try her hand with the asparagus pulp. Later in the summer Brenda will be teaching a Butterfly origami workshop after returning from the International Origami convention.

I made a large basket of multicolored “seeded” papers embedding wildflowers, larkspur, poppies and cosmos in a variety of pulp and asparagus too. 

Inside the tent Bret (secretary of SSI and Leela Whitcomb coordinated music on Bret’s computer for the modern Tibetan dance demo.

Gerry and Naomi

Naomi Zeitz narrated the movements in the Yantra Yoga demonstration.

WGBH filmed the entire festival event. Tsegalgar was featured in the slide show showing our Vajra Dance demo.