Artist Mary Hark teaches papermaking workshop

September 10th, 2012 Comments Off on Artist Mary Hark teaches papermaking workshop

Mary Hark, proprietor of HARK! Handmade Paper Studio, co-founder of Take Time Press and assistant professor of design studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, taught a papermaking workshop on Sept. 7.

Hark was in town as part of the Maroon Edition events, and her works and work by fellow textile artist Nnenna Okore will be on display at the Visual Arts Center Gallery until Oct. 4.

Hark worked with students create paper from pulp made from abaca, cotton from Yazoo City and Japanese fiber.  Students also were allowed to get creative and add various textural elements.

Students added string to each piece they created, and the paper will be made into a quilt that will be on display at the Visual Arts Center Gallery with Hark and Okore’s Inside-Out, Outside-In exhibit.

Clara Thames, a senior in graphic design, was in the first group of students participating in the workshop and stuck around to help the rest of the day.

Thames said she is also in Professor Suzanne Powney’s class that got to make the info. graphics that are in Hark’s exhibit that explain how to make paper.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “I was excited about it.”

The homemade paper “quilt” will be on display soon in the Visual Arts Center Gallery until Oct. 3.  Check it out!

Hark was featured in the Starkville Daily News on Sept. 16.  See the article. See the article.

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