Handmade Papermaking and Indigenous Patterns of Brazil

Subject: Papermaking, Geometry
Dates: 11 November 2019 - 15 November 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Helen Ikeda, Dea Lopes
Full price
£ 385

This multi-faceted course is a unique experience to explore three processes: papermaking, pigment making and the construction of indigenous Kadiweu patterns from Brazil.

Begin with tutor Helen Ikeda, and learn to make handmade paper from natural fibers such as cotton, sugar cane pulp and curauá (a pineapple species native to the Amazon).  You will understand how to control the quality of your paper, ensuring it's permanence and durability. Learn production steps from pulping and refining to finishing.

Continue the course with Dea Lopes, who will guide you in a contemplative process based on her Master's thesis work at the Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts. Make pigments from materials such as urucum (anatto), genipapo (a South American tree whose fruit makes black dye), and iron ore. Learn about the geometric patterns used by the indigenous Kadiweu peoples of Brazil - how they are drawn and how they are connected and drawn from nature. Students will have the opportunity to use their handmade paper and pigment to draw patterns inspired by nature. 

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome.

What should I bring to class?

All materials will be provided. We suggest you bring a notebook and pen for making notes as you go along.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Health & Safety

Please wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Avoid wearing: Baggy clothing (especially sleeves), Loose jewellery; High heels or open-toed shoes.

Follow instructions from your tutor precisely; never touch equipment or tools unless you are instructed to do so with the tutor

Wear any personal protective equipment supplied by your tutor, such as safety goggles and dust-masks.

Keep your work area tidy and the floor areas clear

Students are absolutely not allowed in the studio before or after the course hours

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. Click to view.

Tutor biography

Helen Ikeda

Helen Ikeda has worked for over 35 years in the field of conservation and restoration of paper. She has worked with a number of leading institutions in Brazil including the Museu Paulista (USP), the Lasar Segall Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC USP), and São Paulo Biennial Foundation. She also holds an MA in Museology from the University of São Paulo, Brasil.

Tutor biography

Dea Lopes

Dea was for many years a naval and commercial architect in Brazil. She also lectured in maritime Law and commerce. After experiencing short courses in geometry at the School and after further independent study she applied to the School to further her understanding of traditional geometry. From her affinity with the painting and pigment making courses experienced within the structure of the first year of the MA, she decided to focus her part two research project upon the indigenous tribes of Brazil. This has become a synthesis for her connection to Brazil and her interest in the Kadiweu culture. Dea plans to continue her researches into pigment processing in Brazil. She also intends to further her work with the different Brazilian tribal patterns through exploring the many connections within the South American context and their relevance across the world religions.