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Handcast Paper with Maria Patrizzi – Guest Blogger: Lexa Shaw

October 14, 2015

I was fortunate to be able to attend the 20th Anniversary Celebration in September. The three day event was informative and inspirational.  I met up with women from previous courses or travel and compared notes on where our paths had gone. Inspiration was all around, literally, as the walls of the studio and the display at the Quilt and Textile Museum were a tribute to individual talent and Gail’s amazing ability to draw out the best of each student. Inspiration was also evident in the selection of presentations and demonstrations that were available. I had the pleasure of meeting Maria Patrizzi who spoke about her handcast paper technique. Maria is a west coaster who worked in graphic design prior to learning to make paper. She explained her process for making paper casts as the basis for flat pieces and 3D pieces. After transferring her design onto home insulation board, she then carves the mold with an exacto knife. The precision of this carving is awe inspiring and full of detail. Paper pulp is used to make the cast and depending on the size, can take days to dry. When dry it is removed and then can be formed into vessels and painted.  It is impossible to describe these works of art. Maria is a warm, giving person and it would be a privilege to be in a class taught by her.  Lexa

Maria will be teaching Handmade Paper Casting  at the Center March 22 – 24, 2016.  Click here for information about the course. – Gail

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Fox permalink
    October 14, 2015 7:14 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful write-up on Gail’s recent anniversary celebration! Your words described what I was feeling also. And thank you for sharing your experience and techniques of Maria Patrizzi’s wonderful paper vessels. Inspiration abounds!

  2. Penny Peters permalink
    October 14, 2015 7:27 pm

    Maria’s vessels are so inspiring!

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