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Constructions: Poetry of Place, Weight of Story, February 2024

February 17 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm



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A 2-Day Workshop Intensive!

Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18, 10:30am-4:30pm

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About this Workshop:

Join us for an extraordinary two-day papermaking master class with Pyramid’s founder, Helen Frederick! Explore hand papermaking techniques using materials such as flax and abaca to embody personal and subjective experiences. Participants will experiment with flat to sculptural sheets, poured, pierced, embedded, low relief casting, and/or layered forms to find their own intuitive language in hand papermaking. A sample booklet of fibers and processes used in the workshop will be constructed in the papermaking process.

Level: Intermediate – Introduction to Papermaking or similar experience with basic sheet forming and hand papermaking (6 hours) is highly recommended, but not required.

Registration closes February 8, 2024. Material fees are included with your registration to cover the supplies provided in class. Students may/will need to gather/purchase additional materials for class (see the materials list below). This list will also be provided with the registration confirmation email.

Sample images by Helen Frederick


Registration includes a $75 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including abaca and kozo fibers, pellon, pigments, copper wiring, and linen cord. Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • Personal apron – waterproof is recommended, or you can substitute a cooking apron (we’ll have extras on hand)
  • Comfortable shoes with good tread (you will be on your feet most of the day and the studio floor will get wet) – waterproof shoes are recommended
  • Gloves – your hands will be in almost constant contact with water during the day
  • Materials to use as “inclusions” such as collage materials, photographs on thin paper, twine, ribbon, printed material, or open lace
  • Scissors and Utility knife
  • Notebook to take notes and sketch concepts
  • Large waterproof black Sharpie and pencil


Helen Frederick is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and as founder of Pyramid Atlantic.  As an advocate for and an active participant in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area arts scene, she has served on the directorial boards of alternative art spaces, various local and national boards including the College Art Association, and national peer-review panels. Her work has been exhibited at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Dieu Donne Gallery, New York, Henie-Onstad Museum, Norway, and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, and is in collections of the Whitney Museum and Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among many others. Frederick, who is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Art at George Mason University, has fulfilled speaking engagements around the world, always emphasizing collaboration across disciplines. Learn more about her work at www.readingroadstudio.com.



“I very much appreciated hearing Helen Frederick’s point of view on art and artmaking.”

—Participant, Master Class: Virtual Critique workshop with Helen Frederick

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