Mandy Brannan


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Last workshop this year....

  photo snipets of the students work

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New workshop planned.....

Experimentation: Japanese style of hand paper making

This workshop at the Essex Print Studio will be a day of experimentation 
and collaboration. Without any previous paper making skills you will be 
able to create sheets that can be used for collages, printmaking and 
book or card projects.

Materials you will be using: Kozo, cotton, sisal, found papers.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Papermaking next Sunday.

If you want to take a one day workshop in papermaking that will inspire you to continue to develop you ideas in a new medium.

Well, how about joining us for this event next Sunday - 9th July.

Here are some images from the last workshop to inspire you.....

Friday, June 30, 2017

Become a maker of paper....

If your interested in learning a whole slew of papermakng techniques and create some really
unusual papers ... 

my week of teaching at Cenral St Martins is for you!

These five days will open your eyes to the possibilities.

You will learn all aspects of the medium and I will encourage  experimentation and collaboration. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Essex Print Studio

Apologies for lack of posts...... teaching...writing...making...working on a book project for the V&A...
UCL Institute of Making.... full

Next workshop......For those who were unable to sign up for the UCL masterclass and would like to learn the process in a less manic way .....this workshop still has places.

Monday, May 22, 2017

New 'Pressed'

I haven't put much up lately....what with all the teaching and making.

Today I finished the latest edition of Pressed, my small self published magazine that looks at handmade paper making as a facilitator of arts practice.

This one, Number 2: Spring 2017 has an article written by Christine Harrison about her Papermaking PhD experience. I have also written about Mexican amate bark paper that I researched and purchased  while I was in Mexico City in February of this year.

So what else have I been up to since  I last posted up on this Blog. (if you haven't seen my Facebook page!)

I have done a few Craft shows - one with the wonderful E17 Designers here in Walthamstow, I went to Bristol to share a table with Jane Cradock Watson at BABE, I have been working with the London College of Fashion to see if we can come up with a sustainability plan to recycle their left over fabrics, and I have taught a Masterclass workshop at UCL during the London Craft Week.

In between all of these great events I have been working on more of my new 'Beyond Windows: What has been seen cannot be unseen.' series that will be shown at the Turn the Page artists book fair on the 25th and 26th of May....this upcoming week end. Which is also why I wanted to finish my Pressed 2. I will have this and the Pressed, Number 1 Autumn 2016 on my table at the fair!

Also.....I forgot to show this photo taken in the wonderful market in Coyoacan, south of the centre of Mexico City......we papermakers always need new blender they are!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mexico City

An amazing city to visit. I stayed in a lovely Air BnB in Coyoacan just south of the city centre: across from the Freda Kahlo museum.

One of our visits was to the Anthropologie museum where I discovered lots of information regarding the handmade paper that has been made in Mexico since the 5th Century by the Mayans.

We had found brightly coloured painted works for sale in the markets but I was pleased to find some historical displays in the museum.

amate spirit papers

 Lava stone pounding tools,  
inner bark and papers

 papercut spirits

Huun paper
 Mayan Hierogliphic Codices

After the visit I made it a mission to find unpainted sheets of the bark - amate paper - not easy but found at last....

I am going to write an article about this for my next edition of Pressed - which will have links to photos on Pinterest!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Also...finished for this seasons' Artists' Book Fairs

Windows: I have had the odd moments of lucidity during a nasty bout of the flue last week which I used to finish my latest work/book that looks at windows……. architecturally, metaphorically and computeristically….

Up Date

Jane and I will again be at the Leeds Annual Artists book Fair  at the Tetley Gallery on the 4th and 5th March

Check out the photo....that us in the middle!

I will have lots of handmade papers, cards, artists' books, my new edition 'Brutal Brutalist Barbican and my magazine 'Pressed'. We have shown our work here nearly every year since we were on our MA year at Camberwell College of the Arts together. (2009)

Papermaking in Essex

Traveled out to the Essex Print Studio for a Sunday workshop. It wasn't as far away as I thought it was.... British Rail had me go out through Liverpool St, but I came back on the circle line  and then bus from Leytonstone....
The workshop went really well and the participants and Lynne , the studio owner, created some great pieces. T'was a bit nippy in the studio but we all forgot that as the paper making began.....

The workshop gave them a good understanding about the usage of different fibres, coloration and Western style sheet formation. They went into experimental mode very it when this happens....the resulting papers....brilliant!!

The next workshop here is on Sunday the 23 April..... and this one will also introduce the way to create Botanical papers with plant inclusions.

Thursday, January 5, 2017