A series of pedagogically-based collaborations designed for artists such as Alison Knowles, the Guerrilla Girls, and Laura Anderson Barbata to engage with Columbia College Chicago Interdisciplinary Arts graduate students.
The online exhibition featured in the video here documents the collaborative hand papermaking editions by Venezuelan Yanomami artist, Sheroanawë Hakihiiwë. They were created at the Center for Book, Paper & Print under the direction of Melissa Hilliard Potter, Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago.
The artworks produced contribute to the rare documentation created by the Yanomami about their community, as their historical tradition is predominantly oral. The symbols featured in the artworks are inspired by Hakihiiwë's mother, who like other women in the community painted these symbols on babies for protection.
The online exhibition of this work was produced in Professor Potter's graduate Art as Practice course in Spring 2017.
Student Curators: Colleen McCulla, Book and Paper; Robyn Day, Photography; Sarah Hiatt, Photography; DW McCraven, Interdisciplinary Arts; Willa Goettling, Book and Paper; Lynn Elam, Book and Paper; Phil Worfel, Interdisciplinary Arts
Shapono - Circle of Stories: Works of Sheroanawë Hakihiiwë
Working on a collaboration with The Guerrilla Girls making banana paper for a student interactive activist poster workshop.
Book & Paper alumna, Kaitlin Kostus (left) works on one of Sheroanawë Hakihiiwë's edition images.
Book & Paper alumna, Boo Gilder creates papel picado-inspired pulp paintings for Laura Anderson Barbata.
Collaborative Zine Course, Julia Pastrana: Becoming, in tandem with the exhibition, Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice co-curated by Melissa Hilliard Potter and Neysa Page-Lieberman.
University of Chicago
In a course collaboration between Melissa H Potter, Columbia College Chicago, and Larisa Jasarevic, University of Chicago students explore diverse modes of recounting and responding to the contemporary worlds on the brink of disaster and ask, might we revalue the planted world and our place in it through the hand papermaking process? A "thinking through making" experiment.
Milkweed paper, sourced from Lurie Garden
End Tales: Recounting and Retrieving the Altered Worlds event poster
Students from University of Chicago work at the papermaking studio, Columbia College Chicago with Melissa H Potter.
Master printer, Chris Flynn, Columbia College Chicago.
The development of hand papermaking studios at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade in Serbia and Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo in Bosnia through two Fulbright awards, and a month-long book, paper and print residency collaboration in Caracas, Venezuela.
Working for the Taller Intensivo el Libro y Papel in Caracas, Venezuela.
Academy of Fine Arts, University of Sarajevo with Adam Pantic, who collaborated with me in Sarajevo and helped build the studio in Belgrade.
Speculative Gardens for Papermaking
Through a large-scale drawing and planning workshop, participants explore local histories of plants used for food, medicine, utility and beauty and their intersecting uses as papermaking and dye fibers. The project explores local plants to develop a thematic papermaker’s garden and challenges contemporary agriculture and animal domestication with a more complex materialist feminist narrative on the lives of plants and animals in a harmonious, multispecies habitat.
The first project took place at Cranbrook, where I was a visiting artist in Fall 2018.