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A Visit to Haystack School of Craft

by Mary Tasillo on 2019-07-05T14:30:00-04:00 | Comments

In June, Studio Manager Mary Tasillo joined collaborator Michelle Wilson to teach at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, an international craft school offering residencies and intensive studio-based workshops since 1950, located in Deer Isle, Maine. 

The workshop was called Social Paper: Paper, Print & Book for Social Practice. Looking to social practice and community based projects in these media as a jumping off point, a group of students hailing from Hawaii to Vermont gained skills in papermaking, pulp stenciling, relief printing, and book making structures.

Haystack brings in a featured artist, writer or thinker during the session. Here, resident artist Sonya Clark embeds her mother's hair in handmade paper:

Juliette Walker transformed her father's old sweaters into pulp for handmade paper, pictured here drying on the studio windows:

Erin Brothers created a book featuring a word map recording conversations she had with the Session 1 Haystack community about what we would bring with us on a spacecraft headed to an unknown planet, printed from a woodblock carved in the FabLab, and printed and bound in the Graphics studio.


Penn Libraries' holdings include the recently published In the vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969edited by M. Rachael Arauz and Diana Jocelyn Greenwold, as well as Discovery: fifty years of craft experience at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, edited by Carl Little.

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