Papyrus & Paper
Reproducing Papyrus with Cornhusk Fiber
Facilitated by Camille Hulbert, MStarArts Creative
Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Workshop will be held in the SAAM gardens behind the main building
Participant Availability up to 10 Participants between the ages of 6 – up
Just bring your creativity! All materials, tables & chairs will be supplied.
This workshop will be limited occupancy so to secure your seat you must register through the Eventbrite link below.
Seats are limited and we ask that if you do register that you please arrive on time for the workshop so that the space can be utilized.
Masks and Social Distancing will be Required
We are so pleased to have Camille Hulbert, Educator & CEO of MStar Arts Creative return to SAAM during this Harvest season. Our workshop followers will recall Camille facilitating our 2020 Harvest Season virtual workshops e.g., mask-making series titled "Africa, Fiber, and Cloth,” “From “Roses to Roselle” when we worked with dried roses & the versatile flower Roselle and “Corn Husk & Corn Silk Doll Making” --- all individual virtual workshops designed as steps toward our culminating “Kwanzaa Assemblage” workshop.
Camille is back… and we are working with corn husk again! This time we are using it to reproduce our own papyrus paper and using it to create images on it. Yes, after making the papyrus, you will have the option to paint it, add ink stamp images (e.g., Adinkra symbols, animals), add affirmations (your own or choose from our list of various African affirmations & proverbs), etc. to create your art.
This workshop will be hosted outside in our courtyard/garden area weather pending.
What is Papyrus?
Papyrus is where we get the word “paper.” It is a writing material made from the papyrus plant, tall plant-like grass with a hollow stem that grows in the marshy areas around the Nile River (which runs south to north through eastern Africa, flows into Lake Victoria, and empties into the Mediterranean Sea). Although other African countries along the Nile may have grown the papyrus plant, ancient Egyptians widely used the plant in varying ways, e.g., making baskets, mats, rope, sandals, cloth, boxes, but their most lucrative and most known use was in making paper. It was made by highly skilled craftsmen working with a specifically cultivated strain of papyrus farmed to produce a high-quality writing material. Ancient Egyptians used it as a writing material as early as 3,000 BC and exported it, making it a popular writing material, especially for ancient Greece and Rome. Both papyrus and lotus plants were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians, and they are often depicted in their art. Papyrus was also used for New Testament writings in the early centuries after the death of Jesus.
Egypt’s Papyrus making industry has long since declined. Papyrus was eventually replaced with parchment, and then paper. As Egypt’s climate changed their large plantations where high-grade papyrus was cultivated for manufacturing it vanished, as did wild papyrus. Thus, today’s papyrus is not of the same high quality. Its production is limited to few specialists who still opt to make papyrus, and its use is mostly limited to specialty writing materials by artists
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Meet our Facilitator!
Morningstar Cultural Arts Educator and CEO | Local Artist
Morningstar Cultural Arts is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit established in Savannah, Georgia in 1989 by Founder/Director Carol Greenberg. Over the course of 30 years, Morningstar Cultural Arts has worked on over 950 cultural arts, community, and environmental projects. In 2021, Morningstar Cultural Arts fused culture and creativity to form Morningstar Arts Creative, with Camille Hulbert as Educator & CEO. The mission of MStar Arts (Morningstar Cultural Arts and Morningstar Creative Arts) is the same as its initial establishment, with the inclusion of adding in the creative process and preservation projects as another journey to the mission. For more info: https://sites.google.com/mstarartscreative.org/morningstar-arts-creative/home
Facilitator and local artist, Camille Hulbert