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Blown Away: Creating Perforated Papers

July 8, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


A 2-Day Workshop Intensive!

Saturday and Sunday, July 8–9, 11am-5pm

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About this Workshop:

In this workshop, participants will learn “blowout” techniques to create layered imagery and openwork in handmade paper. Paper blowouts are created by placing a stencil or found object on top of a freshly formed sheet of paper and then using water to spray or blow away the pulp around the object. The product tends to look like a silhouette of the stencil used, with layered images that are sometimes crisp or worn away depending on how the techniques are applied. Students will leave with 10-15 sheets of unique art paper pieces. 

Level: Intermediate – Introduction to Hand Papermaking or similar workshop experience (6 hours) is required.

Registration has been extended to July 6, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.

Sample images by Sue Carrie Drummond


Registration includes a $45 materials fee to cover all of the necessary supplies needed for class. Students may also want to bringing the following optional items to class:

  • Non-skid shoes, boots, or crocs that can get wet (comfort is key too – you’ll be on your feet a lot in this workshop) 
  • Personal apron (waterproof is recommended)
  • Notebook or sketchbook for taking notes
  • Objects as stencils – these can be 3-dimensional objects or flat items with open patterns (i.e., lace fabric or decorative grating)


Sue Carrie Drummond is a papermaker, printmaker, and book artist. She’s currently an Associate Professor of Art at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. She’s taught several workshops in papermaking at Women’s Studio Workshop and Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and she was a studio assistant in papermaking at Penland in the summer of 2015. 

Drummond was the recipient of the Artist’s Book Residency Grant at Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate New York in 2017. She’s been an artist-in-residence at Sulfur Studios in Savannah, the Kimmel Nelson Harding Center in Nebraska City, at Penland School of Crafts outside of Asheville, and at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis. Her work was included in Hand Papermaking’s Portfolio #14: The Language Of Color and a papermaking exchange portfolio entitled Extra Pulp organized and curated by Sammi Mclean and Ingrid Schindall (discussed in the Winter 2020 edition of Hand Papermaking Magazine). Drummond regularly shows her work in juried and curated exhibitions across the country and many of her pieces are included in special collections nationwide such as the Library of Congress, Yale University, and Cornell University. She also has pieces in the permanent collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in Bainbridge Island, Washington and the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Mississippi. 

Drummond received her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2015. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Millsaps College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and minors in Art History and Museum Studies. Learn more about her work at www.suecarriedrummond.com.

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