Papermaker Radha Pandey will give a talk, “Papermaking By Hand in India,” on Monday, April 11, 11:00am in The Aula in Ely Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The lecture will explore traditional Islamic-world papermaking history and technique, with a focus on contemporary practices in India. The talk will also briefly cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy, and why it is relevant today. A question-and-answer session will feature hands-on samples of traditional Islamic papers from India, dye-stuffs, and tools used for burnishing and sheetforming.
Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer from New Delhi, India. She earned an MFA in book arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2014. There she studied fine press printing, bookbinding and calligraphy, with a special focus on traditional Western, Japanese and Islamic world papermaking techniques. Her expertise also includes traditional textile hand printing in India, and stop-motion animations in paper. Her artists’ books are held in 22 public collections, including the Library of Congress and Yale University.
Currently, Pandey is working as the studio coordinator at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH where she is developing Islamic world papers for applications in conservation.
Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program with co-sponsorship from the Departments of Religion and History.
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