Workshops




Workshops will take place on my two acre garden, in 709 Foxboro-Stirling Road, Foxboro, Ontario. I am about 2 hours drive from Toronto, and 20 minutes from Belleville. The best time for the workshop is during late summer and autumn, because that is when Monarch butterflies are beginning to migrate, colourful leaves, and plants are mature and for harvest.


Lantern Workshop

Fee: $150

Length of workshop:  2 days 

Date: Please contact me at joanne@sculptedlight.ca to book a workshop. 

To bring: Plants you like to add for inclusions, I have some plants in my garden too.

Day 1 (3-5 hours): We will be using reeds and/or branches collected from the garden to construct the frame. Once you are happy with the form, apply the first layer of tissue so that it will dry overnight. Fine and press flowers for inclusions.

Day 2:  (3-4 hours): Apply the 2nd layer of tissue. Add inclusions, and apply the 3rd layer of tissue. Add electrical cord and light bulb and light it up! 





Papermaking with Plants Workshop

Fee: $150

Length of workshop: 2 days

Date: Late summer and autumn, because that is when plants are mature and ready for harvest. Please contact me at joanne@sculptedlight.ca to book a workshop.

To bring: garden gloves, rain boots, long sleeve clothing, garden clippers, old cotton bed linen (optional).

Day 1 (5-7 hours): To save time, I will precook grass clippings and cattail fluff the night before. We will harvest milkweeds from my garden and steamed for about 45 minutes. While milkweeds are steaming, we will rinse and beat grass and cattail fibers into pulp. When milkweeds have finished steaming, we will peel the bask fibers, and separate the seeds from the fluff. Milkweed fibers will then be cooked in a soda ash solution for an hour. While the milkweeds are cooking, we will make grass and cattail paper. When milkweeds are finished cooking, we will rinse the fibers and hand beaten into pulp. Make a few milkweed paper and (along with grass and cattail paper) press the water out overnight.

Day 2 (3-5 hours): Brush damp paper onto glass to dry. We will continue to make make milkweed paper and experiment with texture and laminating inclusions such as flowers and seeds. Then we will press the water out of the sheets or about an hour. While the sheets are being pressed, our sheets from previous day should be dry. The damp sheets can be taken home to dry, or I can mail them back to you. 



Lantern & Papermaking with Plants Workshop

Fee: $250

Length of workshop: 3 days

Date: Late summer and autumn, because that is when plants are mature and ready for harvest. Please contact me at joanne@sculptedlight.ca to book a workshop.

To bring: garden gloves, rain boots, long sleeve clothing, garden clippers, old cotton bed linen (optional).

Day 1 (5-7 hours): To save time, I will precook grass clippings and cattail fluff the night before. We will harvest milkweeds from my garden and steamed for about 45 minutes. We will separated the fluff from the seeds. While milkweeds are steaming, we will construct the frame for your lantern with a combination of branches and/or reeds. After steaming the milkweeds, we will peel the bask fibers. The bask fibers and milkweed fluff are cooked for about an hour. During the hour, we can have a break, continue to form the lantern's frame, and/or make grass/cattail paper. When milkweeds are finished cooking, we will rinse the fibers, beat into pulp, and make paper. The paper are pressed and brushed onto glass to dry overnight.

Day 2 (5-7 hours): Continue to make some more paper for the first half of the day. Then we press the water out of the paper. During pressing, we will apply the 1st layer of tissue to your lantern. We will brush paper made this morning onto glass to dry overnight. If the first layer is dry, we can apply the 2nd layer.

Day 3 (3-5 hours): Apply 2nd layer of handmade paper. Add inclusions (optional), and apply the final 3rd layer. We will have a break, to give the lantern some time to dry. Fasten light fixture, and light up your lantern! 









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