Botanical Books: Make Your Own Seed Paper, Online Class with Iviva Olenick

Learn how to make your own paper with seeds embedded in it – a beautiful object which can then later be planted in your garden.

In this two-hour workshop with artist Iviva Olenick, students will learn how to make paper pulp from recycled paper by hand. We will adapt household tools to incorporate into making paper, including a sieve or strainer, cheesecloth, a silkscreen if one has one, and a food processor or blender. Students will explore the natural dyes, colorants, or textural inclusions (scraps of fabric, lace, yarn) one can add to their paper pulp. Finally, we will incorporate seeds into the paper which can then be planted in the garden.

Students should have the following materials:

– scrap or recycled paper, preferably matte, not shiny

– a bucket, bowl or basin for art making vs. food

– water source

– seeds (optional)

– scraps of fabric, decorative paper, trim, yarn, lace (optional)

– if available, a food processor or blender

– if available, a sieve or strainer, cheesecloth, screen and/or silkscreen, mold and deckle, mortar and pestle and/or slatted spoon — any of these or any combination of these

– towels that can get wet and messy

– a workstation that can accommodate water/mess and a device safely without compromising the electronic device or workspace

About the Instructor:

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-born and based artist working primarily with textiles as text and performance. She has shown her work at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; Museum of Design Atlanta; Philadelphia Museum of Art gift shop; Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn; Old Stone House, Brooklyn among other venues. Iviva holds a BA in French Literature/Psychology from Binghamton University and an AAS in Textile/Surface Design from FIT.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.