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3-D Pulp Painting – May 5th 2018

Join me at Contemporary Crafts for 3-D Pulp painting.

We’ll use plastic and glass cups, bowls as molds, yarn, string, sticks, wire and cloth to build armatures. We’ll then attach wet pulps such as abaca, cotton linter, and other heavier natural pulps to the armatures, molds and shapes we built. Various inclusions and colored pulps will be used to enhance our creations.

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Gyotaku: The Art of Japanese Fish Printing – March 10, 2018

Create an image of a fish and other natural objects with relief surfaces with exacting detail! This 400 year old technique is accomplished by using ink applied directly onto the body of the fish and a rubbing motion to transfer its detailed features to paper or cloth.

Learn the 400 year old Japanese art of Gyotaku Students will create an image of a fish and other natural objects with relief surfaces with exacting detail! This technique uses block print Ink, rice papers, acrylic and watercolor paints. Students will take home a fish print ready to mount and frame. Albert Pantone is a fiber artist specializing in paper making with native invasive plant species.

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‘Maker Party’ blends art and tech craft for kids

Article in Pittsburgh Post Gazatte

Another popular draw was producing handmade paper from a sticky, watery mix of cotton, soda ash and Japanese knot weed, an invasive plant that grows in abundance here. The teacher, Albert Pantone, is a recreation therapist who works at the John Kane Regional Center in Glen Hazel and lives in Larimer.

“I didn’t know that this was how you made paper,” said Grace Banke, 15, of New Kensington.

Neither did Mr. Pantone until 2000, when he was pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. For a design class project, he created a bottle, logo and packaging for a fictional Japanese rice wine known as sake. It did not make sense, he decided, for the bottle label to be printed on a computer.

With his Boy Scout training plus knowledge of  environmental education and medicinal plants in the Amazon, he learned how to create a handmade paper label. He finds Japanese knot weed in vacant lots in Larimer while his brother, a landscaper, supplies him with ornamental grass that has been cut.

He calls his sideline, “Knot Just Weeds.” For several hours, Mr. Pantone patiently showed children of all ages how to apply ornamental grass to their wet paper and trim it before it dried.

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