A MAGIC CARPET: Working with Handmade Paper

June 22 - 23


A MAGIC CARPET: Working with Handmade Paper

WEEKEND ONE (2-days): June 22 – 23, 2019   Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

A MAGIC CARPET: Working with Handmade Paper

Handmade paper can be seen as a magic carpet carrying us all on unexpected journeys.

Working on a variety of handmade papers from Japan and Nepal, students will explore handmade paper’s innate qualities: its strength, malleability, translucence – its overall beauty. Besides books and scrolls, paper in Japan has been used for woven and starched clothing, wallets, furniture, toys, lanterns, etc.

In variations on traditional Japanese techniques, we will play with rumpling, crumpling, folding, spinning, starching, layering, colouring, monoprinting, and collage. In the process, we will make one or two simple books. Emphasis will be on experimentation and taking chances rather than preconceived ideas of perfection.

The Japanese word for both paper and gods is “kami”. If the kami are with us, and they usually are, laughter will reign.

All levels welcome

  • STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (Click HERE): All students are responsible for bringing their own supplies but for this class, most supplies will be provided.
  • COURSE COST: $322 (Covers $291 tuition and a $35 materials fee for supplies that will be provided by the instructor)

Tuition includes daily lunch and snacks.  Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes. An accommodation package, which includes breakfast and dinner is available separately. Click here for further details.

Dorothy Field

Dorothy Field began as a weaver, moved on to Asian-style papermaking, then artists’ books, printmaking, collage/assemblage, and mixed media drawing. Over the years, her extensive travels in Asia have influenced her thinking and her visual art. She has shown her work and taught extensively across Canada and the US. Dorothy is the author of three books of poetry, and a book on paper’s connections to the world of spirit, illustrated with her photographs. She lives in Victoria where she tends her tiny orchard, her berry patch, and a wild corner of native plants.

Lost and Found, Martin Batchelor Gallery, 2011

Vamp and Tramp, seller of handmade books


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Classes are open to students at least 19 years of age at the start of their registered workshop


Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA’s online withdrawal form and will be processed through PayPal.

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BEFORE April 15: for each course withdrawal, a refund inclusive of tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee.

AFTER April 15: for each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2020 will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee. Any applicable supply fee will be refunded. As a courtesy, a full refund will be issued if withdrawal application is received within 48 hours of an initial purchase (up until June 7, 2019).

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, a full refund (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) will be issued. Transferring into another workshop is a possibility. On-Campus accommodations can be canceled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation form.