Jane Ingram Allen, Visiting Artist/ Professor at Kun Shan University, Tainan, Taiwan
Dates: May 11 – 24, 2014
During this two week residency as a visiting art professor at Kun Shan University in Taianan, Taiwan, I taught hand papermaking to the graduate students in Communication Design and also introduced hand papermaking to undergraduate art students at the university. I gave lectures about my handmade paper art and environmental art and conducted hands-on workshops for the students in making handmade paper from local plants that we collected on campus. We used paper mulberry bark (Broussonetia papyrifera) and fan palm leaves (Livistona chinensis) to make the paper pulp. The process included stripping the bark and cutting up the leaves, cooking it in caustic soda, beating by hand and using the blender, and then making the paper in a modified Asian technique using Western style moulds and deckles.
These photos show the students making handmade paper and the process of gathering plants and preparing the pulp from plants on campus, paper mulberry bark and fan palm leaves.
The students created their own unique handmade paper artworks to express the time and place using local natural materials combined with mixed media techniques such as collage, painting, drawing and digital photography. It was an interesting two weeks that introduced the students to the use of local natural materials and the art of hand papermaking. I encouraged them to think of using papermaking with technology and digital photography in their future design work.
Thank you to Professor Kuo-Chun Chiu for organizing this artist in residency project in Tainan. He is an artist I selected for the 2013 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project (http://artproject4wetland.wordpress.com)
that I have curated in Taiwan since 2010.
The photos in this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen, and you can see more of his photos at his Blog: http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com