Papermaking with Plants from the Pocosins 

June 18, 2016, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (with a break for lunch)


Workshop Description:   We will begin this workshop by collecting cattails from the nearby Pocosins for use as our raw plant fiber. We will learn to steam, scrape, cook, beat, and form into paper using water from the Scuppernong River and modified Japanese papermaking techniques.  We will experiment with our fiber to produce paper suited to printmaking, sculpture, calligraphy, bookmaking, and letterpress printing.  You will leave this workshop with the skills and knowledge to choose, process, and form raw plant fibers into handmade paper using simple tools and gathered materials!

Workshop participants should bring garden gloves and pruning shears suitable for cutting cattails.

Bio:   Chris earned his MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama where he is currently a candidate in the Ph.D. program in Art and Ecology and will be leading courses in Documentary Photography, Image and Identity, and Environmental Justice. Chris also serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Southern Exposure Film Series and is engaged in selecting film sites and topics and performing outreach through public education and the screening of project films.

Chris uses film, photography, and the artist book as documents of ecology to visualize conservation concerns. His work has been cited at National and international Book Arts, Ecology, and Library and Information Science Conferences as examples of place-based representations of ecological, social, cultural issues and data. His photographs, artist books, films, and research has been presented at national and international conferences held, among others, at Yale University, The University of Utah, The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and The University of Alabama. His work is public and private collections in Europe and North and South America, including Wesleyan University (CT) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chris has taught at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Paper Making (Atlanta), Kennesaw State University (PA), Alabama Arts Council Arts in Education Residency. His Pocket Knife Press books are represented by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers.

Chris grew up in Cherry, NC, a nearby hamlet. Chris participated in programs at Pocosin Arts during his early formative years and is graciously donating his time for this workshop.Chris Davenport

Chris Davenport - Cattail Papermaking