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, 1950-1969, edited 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.