Botanical Alchemy: Haystack Fibers
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Botanical Alchemy: Haystack Fibers

Botanical Alchemy: Haystack Fibers


Published: February 28, 2020 0 0 129
By: Selena Ingram, Columbia College Chicago
Category: Art & Design
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Made in collaboration with students in the class Botanical Alchemy - The Art of Turning Everyday Plants into Paper at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, taught in June 2018 by Melissa Hilliard Potter. We transformed responsibly foraged materials into paper, books, and sculpture, using interdisciplinary research methods to create narrative, woven from shared stories, local histories, and late nights in the studio as well as the library. The book collected sample papers of a variety of fibers, from seaweeds to grasses, and represent the wide range of possibilities springing from the natural environment.

A varied edition of 3 of these sample books was made, with one going to the Haystack Library and two saved for research and documentation purposes.

Books were assembled and covered by Selena Jayne Ingram, using Black Arches paper from the Haystack store. Coptic stitch binding by Melissa Hilliard Potter and Selena Jayne Ingram.