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July 22, 2017 - July 23, 2017
July 22-23, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
Some of the world’s most beautiful books are made on dyed parchment. These richly colored parchment pages have been found as early as the 7th century and are still used in the 21st century. Ottonian manuscripts (late Carolingian), with their striking burgundy pages with gilded or white calligraphy, are just one example.
Dyeing real parchment, made from animal skin, is extremely different from dyeing paper or leather. When paper dries it remains paper. Unless handled properly, wet parchment becomes stiff as a board when dried.
During this weekend workshop, students will learn to dye and correctly dry dyed parchment. The class will use both modern dyes and make traditional dyes from natural sources such as cochineal, walnut, saffron, and oak galls. Student will leave the class with their own 8×10 piece of dyed parchment and a sampler of dyed parchment.
Karen Gorst is a manuscript illuminator, calligrapher and book artist who has been practicing her craft for more than 20 years. Her work can be seen at www. gorststudio.com. She is a visiting instructor and lecturer at many institutions, including the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Penland School of Crafts, the Craft Students League, the Cloisters, Vassar, and Wellesley College. She is consistently ranked as one of the best living illuminators. She has been ranked as one of the top 100 most influential calligraphers of the entire 20th century, and was named the top calligrapher and manuscript illuminator in Louis Vuitton • Moët Hennessy’s “Made in New York.”
Tuition: $325 members / $350 non-members. Become a member.