Two New Paper Workshops at the Fine Line!

Sign up for one (or two!) of these upcoming workshops at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, IL.

Korean-American paper artist Aimee Lee will travel to Fine Line and teach two days of unparalleled paper workshops, of special interest to all textile artists!

Aimee Lee Paper Weaving
Paper weaving with Aimee Lee (Image via Procure Design)

Paper to Thread and Beyond, with Aimee Lee

Fri., March 13, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm

Book, paper, and fiber arts combine in this workshop that explores paper, thread, and marks in their many guises. Students will use Asian handmade papers to create various lengths and thicknesses of paper yarn. A selection of natural dyes and inks will be provided to create meaning as students draw, write, and doodle on fine but resilient handmade paper. These papers will then be crumpled, dampened, rolled, cut, and spun to create thread, which again offers options: to be woven, knitted, or crocheted into pages; to sew books together; or to embroider more messages. Students will come away with one-of-a-kind paper yarn and the start of a project that uses this versatile substrate, whether wound, knitted, crocheted, pasted, or woven.

Paper Fusion: Combine and Texture Paper with Joomchi, with Aimee Lee

Sat. and Sun., March 14 – 15, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm

The amazing qualities and strength of handmade paper will be revealed as students use water and their hands to texture and fuse paper. Students begin by working with the raw material for Eastern paper, the bast fiber of the paper mulberry tree. After they learn to create bark lace and thread, which can be used in collage, books, fiber, and many other applications, they will begin to manipulate paper. Two types of hanji (Korean paper) will be provided for experimentation as students learn to texture a sheet of paper so that it mimics fabric, and to combine multiple pieces of paper using joomchi, an historical Korean technique that has seen a huge resurgence not only in its home country, but around the world. These pieces can stand alone as 2- and 3-D collage art, or be further transformed by the book artist, fashion designer, or fiber specialist. Students will leave with an array of bark and paper samples, and the techniques to continue working on these projects at home with a minimum investment in supplies and tools.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center is a nonprofit art school offering adult classes and workshops in a range of fine arts. Two galleries are included on the Fine Line campus, featuring local to international artists. For information, please visit or call 630-584-9443.

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