Many of us grew up with china cabinets and whether our parents used the stuff or not, it just kind of seemed like the sort of thing adults were supposed to have! When I got married I received lots of pretty crystal glasses. When my father moved out of the country I inherited the family silver. And I never use any of it. In this workshop we will learn some of the symbolism behind America’s favorite china patterns, both historic and contemporary, and then design our own. I will guide participants as they learn how to ensure that their designs will remain structurally intact. Participants will then use craft knives to cut their designs from paper plates, creating their own “Fine Paper China.”
All levels welcome!
Note: Registration closes on July 14 to allow time for students to purchase their materials. With your registration you'll receive a materials list with helpful links to purchase your items, along with instructions on selecting materials based on the size/usage of your specific portfolio needs. You'll also receive any helpful handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page "how-to" on downloading and using the Zoom video app.
PLEASE NOTE: All workshops will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.
Fine (Paper) China: An Online Cut Paper Workshop; Jul 25-26; 2pm-5pm
- Date & Time: 2-day workshop, Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, 2pm-5pm via Zoom (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the event)
- Instructor: Rosa Leff
Rosa Leff began cutting paper in 2012 while working on her Master’s in Elementary Education at The University of Pennsylvania. When asked to create a children’s book as part of her program, she looked to Eric Carle and Ezra Jack Keats for inspiration. Building on the education she received from painting with her grandmother, Jacqueline Ziegler, and her time at the Instituto Superior de Artes de La Habana, Leff created her first papercut illustrations.
She now serves on the board of The Guild of American Papercutters and is best known for her obsession with powerlines and urban landscapes. Each cityscape is cut from a single sheet of paper using Excel Blades. Recently, she has begun experimenting with adhesives, layering, and cutting non-traditional papers such as paper plates in her Baltimore studio.
- Materials: You'll receive a materials list with helpful links to purchase your items, along with instructions on selecting materials based on the size/usage of your specific portfolio needs. Items include:
- Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife
- Self-Healing Cutting Mat (8 1/2" x 12" or larger)
- Excel Blades #11
- 3-5 CHEAP uncoated plain white paper plates (you’ll want the flimsy ones—"Heavy Duty" plates are MUCH harder to cut)
- Painter’s Tape