MAY 25 Firsthand Experience: Making and Sculpting Paper

Come play with paper pulp! 

Join local artist and educator Gretchen Schermerhorn, currently artistic director at Pyramid Atlantic, to dive into the making and sculpting of paper. Drawing inspiration from special exhibition Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling, participants will learn how to use handmade paper, armatures, and other common and found objects to create three-dimensional abstract forms.

After an overview of basic papermaking techniques—sheet forming, embedding objects, and pressing—participants will make forms from wire, reed, mesh, and nylon, which will act as a support for abaca and flax fibers. Emphasis will be on working with a variety of pulp—from translucent and high shrinkage, to opaque and low shrinkage.

Participants will leave with a collection of handmade paper samples and sculptures. 

Materials, instruction, and inspiration provided. Ages 13 and older.




The Contour of Feeling focuses on von Rydingsvard’s artistic development since 2000, featuring works made from wood or other organic materials that present a window into the emotional fragility and imposing scale that define her art.

National Museum of Women in the Arts