Papermaking Classes in Santa Rosa, CA, for Fall 2019

 

Jane is offering more classes in hand papermaking at her Santa Rosa studio this Fall. Learn new techniques and a different way to use plant fibers to make your own creative handmade paper artworks. Handmade paper is an excellent technique for all artists to experiment with and use it in all kinds of mixed media work, from stitchery to ceramic sculpture. Jane with her years of experience in teaching art at various universities and many residencies in different countries creating her handmade paper art will inspire you and refresh your practice. Register for a class as soon as possible. Class size is limited to 4 people, and materials and equipment are provided.

Here is a brief list of the Fall 2019 Papermaking and Art Classes:

Introduction to Hand Papermaking:  Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials 

Papermaking for Painters, Printers and Other 2-D Artists:  Saturday, Oct. 12, 10AM -4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials

Going International with your Art Career – Residencies and other Opportunities for Artists at Any Career Stage and Using Any Medium:  Saturday, Oct. 19, 10AM – 4 PM – Class Fee $75 includes handouts

Handmade Paper Sculpture – 3-D Forms Using an Armature:  Saturday, Nov. 16, 10AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials

Suspended & Relief Sculpture with Handmade Paper and String:  Saturday, Nov. 23, 10AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials

Handmade Paper Holiday Cards and Ornaments:  Sunday, December 8, 1-4PM – Class Fee $75 includes materials

Call Jane at 857-234-2432 or email info@janeingramallen.com

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“Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” Featured in IN HABITAT online magazine about eco art and design

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“Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” by Jane Ingram Allen Featured in IN HABITAT online magazine about eco art and design

Check out this great article about my recent public art project “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” published on Sept. 4, 2019 at https://inhabitat.com/artist-creates-a-living-quilt-to-commemorate-santa-rosa-fires/

The artwork is still on view at Rincon Ridge Park in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa, California. Most of the flowers are now dormant, and many of the  the wildflowers flowers used in the “bed” will come back again next Spring.

Documentary photographs and a sample of the handmade paper quilt used for this public art project is also on display at an exhibition opening today in Santa Rosa at the Finley Community Center. The exhibition features 100 artworks created by residents of Santa Rosa in response to the October 2017 wildfires that devastated parts of the City.

Sonoma County

Residents Reflect

on the 2017

Wildfires

Recep􀆟on: September 5, 2019

5:00 -7:30 p.m.

Finley Recrea􀆟on Complex

2060 West College Ave

Santa Rosa, CA

Exhibition is on view through October 10 at the Person Senior Wing of the Finley Community Center.

Announcing Fall 2019 Papermaking and Art Classes

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Fall 2019 Papermaking and Art Classes
with Jane Ingram Allen
at Studio Santa Rosa, 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa, CA, Building 32, Studio 107
To Register contact Jane by phone 857-234-2432 or email info@janeingramallen.com
https://janeingramallen.wordpress.com and http://www.janeingramallen.com

    

Introduction to Hand Papermaking
Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials
In this class learn to make handmade paper using Asian and Western fibers and techniques and create your own handmade paper that can be used for writing, painting, printing, sculpture or mixed media works. A variety of materials, tools, and techniques that Jane has learned in residencies around the world will be covered. This class is for beginning papermakers and more advanced papermakers who want to learn some new methods and use different materials.

Papermaking for Painters, Printers and Other 2-D Artists
Saturday, Oct. 12, 10AM -4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials
Learn to make your own unique paper suitable for painting with oils, water colors or acyrlics and for use with a variety of printmaking and other techniques. Learn different ways of forming sheets up to 12 x 18 inches using Western and Asian methods with a variety of textures and colors and different plant fiber pulps. Also learn about sizing and pressing handmade paper and drying it in different ways for different purposes. Suitable for beginning or advanced painters, printmakers and mixed media artists who want to learn more about paper and how it is made and how to create unique paper artworks. Suitable for beginning and advanced participants.

Going International with your Art Career – Residencies and other Opportunities for Artists at Any Career Stage and Using Any Medium

Saturday, Oct. 19, 10AM – 4 PM – Class Fee $75 includes handouts
Learn how to find and win international residencies and other opportunities to see the world and make your art at the same time. Jane will tell about her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar artist in residence in Taiwan, a Fulbright Specialist artist in Turkey and a recipient of residency grants from organizations in Japan, Nepal, the Philippines, Brazil, Tanzania, China, Indonesia, Thailand and England and France as well as the US. Learn about where to look for opportunities and how to write a winning proposal. Jane will give individual advice about appropriate places and angles for your particular art. Bring your laptop computer if you have one and information about international opportunities you already are interested in and images/examples of your work, a resume and artist’s statement if you have one already. Leave with many possibilities for expanding your horizons and making your work in exotic and unique places around the world.

Handmade Paper Sculpture – 3-D Forms Using an Armature
Saturday, Nov. 16, 10AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials
Make an armature of branches or reeds and cover it with handmade paper created from local plants and purchased pulps. You will learn to make a basket-like or 3-D shaped armature, and then learn to make handmade paper and attach it or cover the armature. Your finished creation could be a functional lantern or container or a suspended or standing sculpture. Open to beginning and advanced participants.

Suspended & Relief Sculpture with Handmade Paper and String
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials
Learn to make suspended or wall-hung sculpture with the hand papermaking process and string embedded between layers and different ways of joining handmade paper. Work with a variety of purchased pulps such as abaca, cotton (blue jeans) and other locally sourced plant fibers. Try pouring methods and different drying techniques for sculptural works. Sculptures can be suspended from the ceiling or project out from the wall. Suitable for sculptors, fiber artists and mixed media artists interested in creating sculptural works. For beginning and advanced papermakers.

Handmade Paper Holiday Cards and Ornaments
Sunday, December 8, 1-4PM – Class Fee $75 includes materials
Make your own holiday cards with handmade paper from a variety of pulps, using stencils and decorative elements. Also, create unique holiday ornaments using handmade paper, string and other elements. For beginning and advanced participants. No papermaking experience needed. Teens and pre-teens welcome with an accompanying adult.

About the Instructor: Jane Ingram Allen is an award-winning international artist and hand papermaking expert who moved to Santa Rosa in 2012. She has been an artist in residence in Japan, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Tanzania, France, England, Brazil, and the US. She was a Fulbright Scholar Award artist in Taiwan and a Fulbright Specialist artist in Turkey. She learned traditional Japanese papermaking in Japan and taught papermaking while living in Taiwan for 8 plus years. She was an art professor at SUNY, Morrisville, NY, and College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, and a Textile Arts instructor at Foothill College and Canada College in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been a museum curator and art writer for many years and has taught papermaking workshops in the US at Women’s Studio Workshop, Peter’s Valley School of Crafts, Morgan Conservancy, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Queens Botanical Garden, Brookfield Craft Center, and Mass Audubon Visual Art Center, among others. She is also an international curator and has been an art writer for Sculpture magazine and other art publications since 1996.

Consulting and Private Studio Use: Jane offers individual consulting and private use of her papermaking studio. Students who have taken at least one class from Jane can arrange for Individual Papermaking Sessions for a minimum of 4 hours at $60, and have use of the studio and equipment. Jane will prepare materials for an agreed upon materials fee, and she will be there for consulting and advice.

Class size is limited to 4 people. Pre-registration and a deposit is required. To register, phone Jane at 857-234-2432 or email to info@janeingramallen.com

Slide Show of “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” Changing Over Time

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Here is a link to the slide show showing the transformation of my installation “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” from its installation on Nov. 25, 2018 to blooming wildflowers in April, May and June 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfH104j92o

Sacramento “Guns into Flowers” handmade paper quilt has transformed!

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My sculpture installation in Sacramento about the issue of gun violence has completely transformed, and the handmade paper “guns” with seeds for wildflowers in the paper pulp have grown into a living bloom flower bed. The wildflowers that are blooming now in the installation are white cosmos, blue bachelor buttons, Baby’s breath, white linen poppies, and a few red wildflowers including some red poppies and scarlet flax. The white cosmos flowers are really dominating the space now, but the green foliage of this wildflower is very beautiful and almost fern-like. The headboard and footboard we constructed from local branches still seems quite strong. The weather in Sacramento has been cooperative this Spring with some rain, but hot sunny days are expected in the months ahead. Several days it has already been over 100 degrees F.

This installation was done during an artist in residency at Natomas Charter School Academy of Performing and Fine Arts, in Sacramento, from Feb. 25 to March 16, 2019. Art students at the school helped to make the handmade paper quilt and install it on March 16, 2019. The installation is on view for the public at South Natomas Community Center Park in the “poet’s park area.  These photos of the transformation were taken by my husband Timothy S. Allen (allentimohotos2.wordpress.com) on June 15, 2019, during a recent visit to Sacramento.  These photos show my “Guns into Flowers” installation on March 16, 2019, when it was installed.         

Keep watching this Blog for updated photos and more news about this art project as it continues to change over time.

Living Quilt for Santa Rosa is still blooming and some flowers are going to seed.

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My Living Quilt for Santa Rosa installation continues to bloom. It is very hot now in Santa Rosa, over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s also very dry now. Some of the flowers are now making seeds and the plants will hopefully come again next season. Here are some photos of the installation taken this past weekend showing blooming cornflowers and other flowers going to seed.  Somehow one red poppy also appeared in this installation!

This artwork was installed on Nov. 25, 2018, and it is located at Rincon Ridge Park in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa, CA. I received a grant from the City of Santa Rosa to do this art project that involves handmade paper and seeds for wildflowers with participation by community volunteers. Check posts from November 2018 and following in this Blog for more information and photos of the changing over time installation.  All photos are by my husband Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com).

SUMMER 2019 Papermaking and Art Classes in Santa Rosa, CA

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Summer 2019 Papermaking and Art Classes
with Jane Ingram Allen
Studio Santa Rosa, 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa, CA, Building 32, Studio 107
To Register contact Jane by phone 857-234-2432 or email info@janeingramallen.com
https://janeingramallen.wordpress.com and http://www.janeingramallen.com

Handmade Paper Books – Saturday and Sunday (2 days) July 13 & 14, 10AM to 4PM each day – Class fee $200
In this class participants will learn to make handmade paper from a variety of plant fibers and then use this handmade paper to create unique artist books. A variety of Japanese and other binding and folding techniques will be covered. No prior papermaking experience required.

Getting That Grant or Residency – Saturday August 3, 10 AM to 4PM – Class Fee $100
In this class Jane will share information about her experiences as an artist in residence, curator and juror and guide participants in how to increase their chances of receiving a grant or getting support for their work. Jane will critique your resume, artist statement, images of your work and proposals that you are working on and give advice on how to improve your applications and how to find opportunities.

Mixed Media Papermaking – Tuesday through Friday (4 days) August 6-9, 10AM to 4PM each day– Class fee $500
In this class learn to make handmade paper using Asian and Western fibers and techniques and create your own mixed media artworks with handmade paper. Use many different art mediums and techniques with handmade paper such as collage, printmaking, painting, stitchery, weaving and basketry. No prior papermaking experience required.

About the Instructor: Jane Ingram Allen is an award-winning international artist and hand papermaking expert who has been an artist in residence in Japan, Taiwan, China the Philippines, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Tanzania, France, England, Brazil, and the US. She was a Fulbright Scholar Award artist in Taiwan and a Fulbright Specialist artist in Turkey. She learned traditional Japanese papermaking in Japan and taught papermaking while living in Taiwan for 8 plus years. She was an art professor at SUNY, Morrisville, NY, and College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, and a Textile Arts instructor at Foothill College and Canada College in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been a museum curator and art writer for many years and has taught papermaking workshops in the US at Women’s Studio Workshop, Peter’s Valley School of Crafts, Morgan Conservancy, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Queens Botanical Garden, Brookfield Craft Center, and Mass Audubon Visual Art Center among others.

Contact Jane about individual consulting and private use of her papermaking studio. Class sizes limited to 4 people. To register, phone Jane at 857-234-2432 or email to info@janeingramallen.com

“Guns Into Flowers” art installation is starting to bloom in Sacramento

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My “Guns into Flowers” art installation that was installed on March 16 at South Natomas Community Center Park is starting to bloom. This art installation was created with the participation of art students at Natomas Charter School Academy of Performing and Fine Arts in Sacramento, CA. The installation consists of a handmade paper quilt with a gun motif pattern with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp. The art project raises awareness about gun violence and transforms the “guns” into flowers.

These photos show the first flowers starting to bloom. The weather has been very cooperative in Sacramento this Spring, and the plants are growing fast.  We have even had some rare rain storms in May.  These photos were taken on Friday, March 17 by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)
Keep checking this Blog for more photos as the installation continues to change and the handmade paper “guns” transform into living blooming flowers.

A big thank you to the art teachers as Natomas Charter School, Jim Vetter and Chelsea Greninger, and to all the art students at the school who helped to make the quilt squares and borders for this project that I did during a three-weeks artist in residency at the school from Feb. 25 to March 17, 2019.

Sacramento “Guns Into Flowers” public artwork continues to grow and more seeds are sprouting

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It is great to see these photos of my public artwork “Guns into Flowers” that is sited at South Natomas Community Center Park, Sacramento, California. This project was done in cooperation with Natomas Charter School Academy of Performing and Fine Arts, during a 3 -week artist-in-residency during February and March.  It was installed on March 16, 2019. The seeds in the handmade paper quilt are for wildflowers in the same colors and pattern, and the handmade paper quilt has a gun motif to transform those “guns” into flowers in a few more months. One of the students that I worked with at the school is continuing to take photos of the artwork as it changes over time. It is great to have the photos to continue documenting this piece, and I will continue to post them as I receive them.  These photos were received on May 1, 2019, and I am sure they will be sending more photos soon.   There has been only a little rain in Sacramento, and the people there have also been watering the quilt to help the seeds germinate and the seedings grow.  Thanks to everyone for all the help.

Thinking of Earth Day and the Beauty of Spring

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Happy Earth Day everyone!  I was thinking today of the first art project I made with seeds in the paper pulp to sprout and grow over time. That was an art installation titled “Living Earth” created for the 25th anniversary of Earth Day in 1995 made with my art students at SUNY Morrisville on the campus in Morrisville, NY.  A handmade paper global map with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp changed over time into a living blooming earth. This artwork was focused on bringing more awareness to the problem of global warming and showed the continents of the Western Hemisphere and how they were projected to change from global warming. This is an even more acute problem today as global warming and climate change are becoming evident to all of us, and our coastlines are already changing.  Here are some pre-digital photos of my “Living Earth” installation in 1995.

My recent public art installation in Santa Rosa, California, also uses handmade paper pulp with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to change, grow and bloom over time. This artwork called “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” continues to grow and bloom with more flowers appearing every day. The artwork was installed on Nov. 25, 2018, and the first blooms began appearing in mid March 2019.

The “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” art installation was part of the city of Santa Rosa public art program that awarded grants to artists to create public art in response to the devastating wildfires of October 2017. My installation is in the Fountaingrove area at Rincon Ridge Park near the children’s play area, and it consists of a “bed” made with soil and a headboard and footboard for the bed woven of local trimmed branches. The handmade paper quilt for the bed was created with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp in the same colors and pattern. I used the traditional “Flying Geese” quilt pattern and the colors of blue, white and yellow gold. The seeds in the pulp are for California golden poppies, Tidy Tips, Baby Blue Eyes, Wild Lupine, Globe Gilia, Baby’s Breath, Sweet Alyssum and White Linen Poppies. The flowers will continue to bloom over the summer, and the installation will biodegrade over time.

Hope you can go to see “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” if you are near Santa Rosa, California. Rincon Ridge Park is off Fountaingrove Parkway at Rincon Ridge Drive and open to the public. Here are some photos of the Santa Rosa artwork taken on April 20 and 21, 2019, showing many flowers in full bloom, and the handmade paper quilt has all disappeared into the earth as mulch.  Seeing all those wildflowers in bloom reminds us that the Earth is a living thing of great beauty.

I also have another installation with handmade paper and seeds for wildflowers in the pulp that is in Sacramento, California, at South Natomas Community Center Park.  The Sacramento public art project is about the issue of gun violence and called “Guns into Flowers” That project was a result of an artist in residency at Natomas Charter School, Academy of Performing and Fine Arts in Sacramento, CA, and the installation was done on March 16, 2019. The handmade paper quilt has a pattern of many different types and shapes of guns, and the paper pulp has seeds for wildflowers in the same colors and patterns. The installation was made with the participation of students at Natomas Charter School, and the “guns” will transform over time into living, blooming wildflowers as the handmade paper quilt dissolves into mulch and the seeds sprout and grow. Check back on this Blog in a few weeks to see how it progresses. The seeds are already beginning to sprout, and the wildflower plants are growing taller.