Monday, September 29, 2014

Upcoming Workshops 2015 at Khandroling Paper Cooperative

Photo by Jacqueline Gens of Khandroling Pond, 2012

Khandroling Paper Cooperative, an affiliate of the Dzogchen Community is growing. Check back with us in January 2015 for precise locations and additional workshop dates. All experience levels from rank beginner to advanced artist are welcome. We operate on a donation basis.  Recommended donations for 1 day workshops are $75 and $150-250 for two day workshops but lesser donations are welcome for those who can’t afford the recommended amount. We also provide single and group tutorials in papermaking during the Spring and Summer by donation as well. A major focus of our cooperative is to foster a relationship with Sacred Arts by using recycled sacred texts and prayer flags.  Over the next three emonths whie Jacqueline is in retreat, contact Tatiana at

Upcoming Workshops in 2015

Gilding on Paper with Tatiana Shannon
In this 1-day workshop, students will acquire the skills needed to gild on a range of handmade and commercially produced types of paper, as well as various methods of altering the color of metal leaf. Using stencils and other templates, students will have the opportunity to explore the unique images that can be created with metal leaf and paper. Students are encouraged to bring existing works of art on paper that they might wish to gild. We will also have some Tibetan seed syllables to make stencils from to gild for those interested.

Tatiana Shannon, a recent graduate of Hampshire College, is a long-time member of the Khandroling Paper Cooperative and an apprentice in the Smith College Museum of Art’s Frame Conservation Apprenticeship program. Tatiana is third generation Dzogchen Community. We are honored to have her teach as a founding member of the paper cooperative.

Saturday, January 17 10:00-5:00 PM, 
Location: Shang Shung Institute 18 Schoolhouse Rd. Room TBA

Handmade Paper: 3D Plus Techniques of Moldmaking, Assemblage, Collage
Taught by Madeline Liebling, MA

In this workshop we will create molds for paper pulp of plaster and other materials. Then we will use our cast objects and other handmade papers to create sculptural forms and mixed media imagery. We will learn various techniques of combining materials which preserve the integrity of our handmade papers.

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10am-5pm Location TBA

The Return of the Butterfly

Origami  one day workshop with Brenda Lilly 

Brenda taught this workshop at the 2014 International Origami Worshop in New York City. She writes: "Origami has been a personal passion of mine for over 24 years. As an art educator I began learning folds that I could teach to my students. Over time and through influences from other artists I now fold with hand made papers, a variety of simple to complex designs, and incorporate the models into a work of art. The idea of sharing my accumulated knowledge inspires me to infect other people with the magic of creating something 3-dimensional with a flat piece of paper.

Saturday, January 31, 10-5:00 PM Location TBA

Workshops in Development

Workshops taught by  New Faculty Yangjor Tsering and  Daria Juels
Dates and locations TBA in January 2015

Make it New: Preparing for Losar (Tibetan New Year) making Chang from our own Khandroling hops; Tsampa from roasted barley – the mainsay of the Tibetan diet; and lungta—silk screened prayer flags on paper or cloth.

Tibetan Drawing I: The Eight Auspicious Symbols (2 week-ends). (Winter)

Tibetan Drawing II: The Elements.We will learn to create our own variations of the four elements finding inspiration from the classical Tibetan motifs of the natural world-- clouds, flames, waterfalls and mountains. We will incorporate these designs into the papermaking process as watermarks and pulp painting or for silk screening. (Spring)

Tibetan Cloud by Tashi Mannox
Thoughts come and go like passing clouds, some large and dark, some small and fluffy, but none of them solid and all of them drifting in emptiness.
Such is the limitless variation and activity of the mind.

Yangjor (whose Buddhist name is Lama Changchub Dorje) was born in the high mountain region of Mugu in Northern Nepal near the Tibetan border in a small village.  His family were farmers and he Yangjor spent his early years in the mountains as a shepherd.  Yangjor was sent by his family to learn the Tibetan script at the age of 13. At the age of 17 he met and received teachings from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche one of his root Lamas.  Yangjor moved to Kathmandu at the age of 20 to live in Samye Memorial Gonpa and study the Buddha’s teachings and the ritual sadhana arts.  After some years of study Yangjor entered the traditional three-year retreat.  After completing two consecutive three-year retreat he became a lay yogi and met his wife Dara.  He came to the United States two and a half years ago and is delighted with the people and life in the Pioneer Valley so far.

Photo by Jacqueline Gens, Daria showing us her Tibetan letters

Daria Juels became interested in Buddhism as a teenager and after taking a college course in Buddhism began to study Zen meditation. She lived in a Zen Buddhist community for a few years while attending art school.  She met her Teacher, a Tibetan Nyingma Lama, ten years ago and became interested in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as well as the Tibetan language. Studying scriptural Tibetan with Heidi Nevin, a well-known translator, she developed her knowledge of the written language. Wishing to become fluent in the spoken language Dara travelled to Nepal five years ago where she lived for almost two and a half years studying both language and meditation practices with various teachers in the Nyingma Lineage. When she returned to the United States she furthered her studies at a translator program at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde in Northern California. Dara began doing both written translation of dharma practices and teachings for buddhist teachers as well as oral translation for her husband.  She has a passion for both Tibetan language and translating the vast wealth of wisdom within the spiritual tradition into English.  Her wish is participate in assuring that the blessings of the path are carried into the Western languages.Dara Juels

Workshops with Sheryl Jaffe-
Sheryl is our master papermaker having studied techniques all over the world. Attending a workshop with Sheryl is always a joyful experience. To read more about her work, visit her website Sheryl Jaffe Paper Art at :

Transforming Paper into Cloth with Sheryl Jaffe Japanese method . Below is the nifty computer case made with recycled bubble wrap and persimmion dyed paper transformed into cloth.

The Long Scroll--- (Summer) with Sheryl Jaffe our master teacher, has traveled the world and worked with may different cultures in the art of papermaking. Using her own handmade Nepalese mould and our 3’ x 7” giant silk screen mould we will make large sheets of paper for printmaking, collage, cut-out, calligraphy. We will learn how to make our own moulds as well as simple vat to float it in. 

our 7 foot silk screen mould

Our Nepalese style scroll

4th Annual Khandroling Summer Gathering
As artists, yogins, paper-crazy crafters we will explore all aspects of papermaking from locating, harvesting and cooking fibers; recycling and beating sacred texts/prayer flags, cotton rags, and fibers to make beautiful paper. Founded in the winter of 2012, our first walkabout on Khandroling took place in August 2012. Each year we have returned to the land-- the source of our inspiration. With KPC members Sheryl Jaffe (Master papermaker), Brenda Lilly (Origamist), Tatianna Shannon (Artist, bookmaker, and conservator), Madeline Leibling (mixed media and art therapist, Jacqueline Gens (poet and founder fo KPC) among others. Cost is by donation. All levels and ages invited including kids. TBA sometime in August 2015 at Lower Khandroling Farm or Upper Khandroling next to the pond. 

Demonstrations will be added 2015
Event locations TBA early in 2015.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Paper Gallery: Paul Lewis

The image with string and paper was done by pressing pulp onto it in the deep deckle box. It is not attached to the knot-weed under it.  It is thick and I will probably display it with an easel back or some kind of holder at the bottom.  The other image that I modified is with the embedded day lily and rose petals.  I used water color pencils and a bronze pencil to embellish the bleed and embedded  images.  I view it rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise.  The other two images are pretty straight forward for what they are.    Also, included here is piece with  embedded cigar shards and pencil fragments, mounted to a cotton/linen sheet.  Learned something here, so all the best to you and look forward to the  chance to make paper with  your group in the future.   --  Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is a Holyoke printmaker who attended our August 2014 Khandroling Fiber to Fiber workshop